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Galena Lodge, Blaine County, ID
2 Miles Round Trip
Emily Williams
Saturday February 23, 2019
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Galena Lodge, Blaine County, ID

Ketchum — Snowshoe Tour: Snow Science and Avalanches

Winter lovers and nature nerds are encouraged to join ICL staff member Josh Johnson for a beautiful snowshoe hike near Galena Lodge. Avalanches affect more than you might think. Discover how changes in the snowpack can result in destructive avalanches that effect both humans and the environment. We’ll dig into snow metamorphism, snowpack weaknesses, avalanche ecology and how snow influences our water supply and ICL’s water work. Josh has a master’s degree in geology and experience as a naturalist and interpretive guide.

The snowshoe hike is approximately 2 miles long with minimal elevation gain and will take about an hour and a half. The hike will be at high elevation (~8,000 feet) so we ask that participants consider that before registering. Bring snow boots and warm layers for all kinds of weather. You may bring your own snowshoes or rent them beforehand.

Additional logistics will be shared when you register. If you plan to attend this hike, be sure to bring the following:

  • Plenty of water (2 liters recommended)
  • Snacks!
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, gloves and sunglasses
  • Warm layers (down jacket, fleece, etc.)
  • Rain jacket or waterproof outer shell
  • Snow boots
  • Snowshoes (rentals are available at Backwoods Mountain Sports or Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum)

This snowshoe hike is free but limited to 10 participants. Email Emily or call 208-726-7485 to reserve your spot.