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Welcome to SNOWTREK.org. Winter is Here! The 2017/2018 winter season is underway. If you're as excited about snow as we are, then you've found the right place. Join us on the Snow Trek Forum. Share a trip report, snow conditions, discuss gear, or just drop in and say hello.

Trip Reports

New Years Day 2015 Hangover Run - January 1, 2015
Mother nature delivered some snow just in time to bring in 2015 snow wheeling the broncos. We covered a lot of ground in search of something new. There isn't a lot snow yet, but it was still a fun day out cruising the backcountry in the snow. Check out the full Trip Report on the forum.
Snow Wheeling - December 27, 2014
It's been a long wait, but we finally got some snow in the Cascades. After an extra long dry spell, we set out for a day snow wheeling. Since this was the first major accumulation of the season, there wasn't a lot of snow, but plenty to have some fun! Great day cruising the backcountry in the snow! Check out the full Trip Report on the forum.

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Mountaineers: Crevasse Rescue Using a Z-Pulley System (3-Person Team)
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Demonstration of a climber extrication from a crevasse using a 3:1 z-pulley system (3-person rope team). Shot by http://instagram.com/lukeallenhumphrey. Issues/clarifications: -"What about 6:1, 9:1 + 2-person rope teams? What if the middle person falls in". Good topics, out of scope for this particular video. -"End climbers lack extra coils". Reason: Assumption here is that two rope teams climb together and second rope team would aid in the rescue. Without a second team and as a general best practice, however, end climbers should make extra rope available on their ends. -"Anchors aren't equalized". More: Yes the second anchor is only serving as a backup if the first anchor fails. Putting in the initial quick anchor here allows weight to be taken off the self-arresting climber (assumption here is that a guarded, vertically placed axe is more secure than a single person in self arrest). Because the second anchor here is a solid deadman and the first is just a quick anchor (vertical ice axe) ideally you'd want to tie a load releasing hitch for the first anchor, then release load onto the second, more solid deadman anchor. Or the third person should setup an equalized system while the second person holds the fall via self-arrest. Both are more time consuming, but more secure (trade-offs need to be made based on the situation). -"There are some loading issues". Because of the lack of anchor equalization, tri or x-loading is unlikely (see 7:47 for how loading plays out). That said the third person setting up an equalized system could allow one to avoid this and clip directly into a power point on the anchors. -"Carabiner on carabiner is bad". Outstanding topic - have yet to hear a convincing argument on why metal on metal is bad here. -"Climbers should haul with waist/body vs. hands". Agree this is more efficient if you can't get enough pull/friction using hands. -"Wire gates vs. lockers - why?" I think the idea here is that lockers can freeze in certain conditions. A locker when locked is going to be more secure than single wire gate biner, however. -"This takes place in a parking lot - I think roping up in this setting is overkill". Agree to disagree. -What else? Keep the comments coming.

SnowTrek.org Forum

  snowtrek  Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2017/2018
A new season, a new thread! This worked out well last year, so just subscribe to this thread for the year. Drove up and down Van Epps Pass and then up to Gallaher Head Lake and on to the top of Hawkins Mountain 4WD trail on Saturday. Got up driving on mostly dirt. Three hours later 6+ inches of snow had fallen (probably the heaviest snow I've ever personally experienced). Winds had picked up to sustained 30-40MPH and continued all night, along ...
  snowtrek  40×13.50×17 mickey thompson mtzp3
i haven't been on here for awhile.since I can't seem to have winter in my neck of the woods this year I'm rebuilding my bronco been thinking about going with mtzp3 this time I've always steered clear of17 inch wheel size but these are a load range c has anyone on here had any experience with these thanks
  snowtrek  Snow tires
Hello Guys! I am from Lebanon middle east! I found this site while researching for snow tires for my Jeep. My Jeep build is : 1998 Jeep Cherokee 4.7 L stroked 5 speed ax15 atlas 4 tc dana 44 G2 axles front and rear with RCVs Eaton lockers 35 12.5 R17 tires on bead locks raceline wheels My current tire is Dick Cepek extreme country, it is a radial tire, plenty of siping, mud terrain and soft side walls. The issue is am facing is when the snow ...
  snowtrek  snow wheelen Sunday Feb 18
going up the mountains by Darrington with my son. Anybody want to go?
  snowtrek  12 feet of snow in nine days
I was just reading the Mount Baker snow report . They’ve gotten over 12 feet of snowfall in the past 9 days. As predicted by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) and NOAA, temperatures have warmed up at Mt. Baker today with snow levels up around 6000 feet combined with significant rain. In light of this mountain weather of rain on top of major amounts of recent snowfall, we will be CLOSED SUNDAY January 28th and MONDAY January 29...
  snowtrek  Mattracks vs Tires
I just watched these videos of a Toyota Tacoma on Mattracks up on Tonga Ridge in some fresh snow. I’m surprised by how much he still has to work at it. I guess that just reinforces my opinion that when the snow is good nearly anything works, and when conditions are tough, nothing works well. It would have been interesting to see a well setup wheeled vehicle in the same spot.

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Snow Gear

Homemade Trekking Pole Monopod
This is how I converted my trekking poles into a monopod.
Dakine Poacher Pack
The Dakine Snow Pack family of backpacks are purpose built for experiencing the backcountry in the snow. Features are well thought-out and implemented in a way that preserves precious space, yet maintain organization and ease of access. Whether you're hitting the ski slopes for the day, or doing some serious snowshoeing or mountaineering, Dakine offers several packs designed to meet our needs in the backcountry.

Snow Wheeling

Low Pressure Air Gauges

When Snow Wheeling, airing down your tires is the most important thing you can do for improved traction and flotation in snow. That means you need an air gauge that reads low pressure from 1-5psi. We are on a quest to find a replacement for the Accutire MS-46B.
Siping Tires for Deep Snow

Why should I sipe my tires for deep snow wheeling? Siping is one of my three criteria for a deep snow tire. As you drive through the deep snow, the snow gets packed under your tire. The siping gives your tires hundreds of new biting edges. Additionally, the siping helps loosen the tire carcass allowing your tire to flex better when aired down.

Snow Science and Avalanche Education

Quick overview of Western Washington Mountain Pass webcams

Stevens Pass - Elevation: 4061 ft

Snoqualmie Pass - Elevation: 3022 ft

White Pass - Elevation: 4500 ft

Blewett Pass - Elevation: 4102 ft


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