With the snowing melting fast, I wanted to try and get one more snow camp this season so I headed up to San Jacinto for a S240. I left mid day for the nice drive up to Idylwild. The town was pretty empty since the two main routes from LA are closed due to storm damage. When I arrived at Humber Park and there only a few cars there. I got my gear together and started up Devil's Slide. There wasn't any snow at the start and I made good time. A volunteer ranger checked my permit about 2/3 up and we chatted for a bit. There started to be snow on the northern slopes but I didn't need to use my newly acquired microspikes. I got to the saddle and found snow about 1' - 3' deep. I put on my snowshoes and looked for a good camping spot. I found a nice level location next to a large felled tree. I brought my GoLite Shangri-La 2 tarp to try it out in the snow. It was easy to setup using my homemade snow anchors. I melted snow for water, made an early dinner and settled in. I read and listened to podcasts for a while until the sun set and I feel asleep.
The night started pretty warm but cooled quickly. My Tyvek ground sheet froze and had to use my fleece liner. I woke up at 5 and got an early start. It took some time to dig out my snow anchors since the snow froze up pretty good. I packed up and started back to the saddle in the dark. It was a quick hike down to parking lot.
I think my equipment is pretty good for next winter's snow camps. I need a larger dry bag for my sleeping bag and liner in order to get more room inside my pack but everything worked great.
|Tarp in the snow|