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Winter Sub-Alpine Ecology & Cross-Country Ski Adventure

 

February 1, 2014

February 22, 2014

March 15, 2014

 

Course Level: III             Course #s: S5015, S5016, S5017

Fee:  $70 per adult (*Does not include Ski gear)

Instructor: Kaiyote Snow

 

 

Location:  Meet at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center parking lot outside Rocky Mountain National Park on Highway 36, Moraine Ave. 

 

Time:     9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Course Description:   This seminar combines leisurely cross-country skiing (with ski instruction) and educational discussions about the winter world of botany, birds, mammals, geology and weather in Rocky Mountain National Park.  A light snack and extra water will be provided by the instructor. 

 

Course Level:  III

This course will include moderate hikes of less than five miles per day with elevation gain of less than 1,000 feet. Significant time will be spent outdoors in winter conditions.  Dress in layers and be prepared for winter weather conditions that may vary greatly and change abruptly.  This seminar is open to participants of all skiing levels, including complete novices.  Specific location of seminar will depend on the snow conditions.  Preference for skiing location will be on Trail Ridge Road starting at Many Parks Curve or other closed roads and not on trails. There will be very little elevation gain during the skiing, but locations will generally be at 9,600 feet. 

 

Brief Instructor Biography (additional information available at www.rmna.org):  Kaiyote Snow has been guiding adventures in RMNP since 1998.  Her guide service, Kaiyote Tours, specializes in nature hikes, mountain treks and backpacking in RMNP and international birding adventures.  With a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she is a self-taught naturalist and an award-winning photographer/artist.  Kaiyote is a certified Wilderness First Responder and a NOLS Leave No Trace Backcountry Master Educator. Her passions are birding, botany and adventure travel.

 

Expectations:  Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times.  Individual ideas will be respected.  Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.

 

Car-pooling:  Rocky Mountain Field Seminars courses utilize car-pooling to limit vehicles traveling into the Park.  Car-pooling makes it easier to keep the group together, reduces transit time, and allows courses greater access because fewer parking spaces are required at destinations.  In addition, it provides an opportunity for participants to discuss course material in small groups during transit.  Typically, a few participants from each course volunteer the use of their vehicles for car-pooling to course locations.

  

Tentative Course Schedule:

9:00 AM           Meet at BMVC: Introductions and expectations, car pool to location 

9:30 AM           Begin seminar

11:30 AM         Lunch/snack break

2:00 PM            Arrive back at BMVC

 

What to Bring and wear:

·         Lunch (if you need more than the light snack provided by the instructor) and WATER

·         Ski goggles are preferred because they will keep your face warmer, but sunglasses are ok. 

·         Dress warm and in layers.  Three layers works best:  Base layer should be thin, cozy long underwear and long sleeve top made from a poly/wool blend.  Mid layer should be fleece or wool sweater/shirt/jacket and pants.  Vests are good for extra cold days.  Outer layer should be a snow proof jacket and pants. 

·         Mittens and Gloves:  Mittens are warmer than gloves. A combo of the two works best as long as you still have flexibility to grip a ski pole.  Preference is for a light glove liner inside a warm mitt.  This way you will not have to expose your skin if you need to use your fingers. 

·         Neck gaiters are preferred, but scarves are ok.

·         Hats should be warm and wind resistant and easily cover your ears.

·         Backpack that is big enough to hold your gear and clothes when you get too warm. 

·         Skis, poles and ski boots*.   To prevent cold toes, ski boots should have plenty of toe room and participants should wear warm and thick socks.   Socks should never be tight.  Remember that it is the small air pockets around your toes and in your boots that will help keep your toes warm.

·         Leg gaiters are nice to wear, but they are not essential.   

·         Sunscreen and lip balm

·         Binoculars and camera (optional)

 

* The Estes Park Mountain Shop in Estes Park will provide discounted cross-country ski gear to those participating in this RMNA seminar.  Please ask Rachel for details at 970-586-3262.

 

Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:

Rocky Mountain National Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.

     Raingear                                     Map and compass                      Flashlight or headlamp

     Sunglasses and sunscreen            Candles                                      Matches or other fire starter

     Pocketknife                                First-aid kit                                 Extra layers of clothing

     Sack lunch, snacks, water             

 

Note:  Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes.  Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.

 

Teacher Recertification Credit:

Most seminars are eligible for teacher recertification credit through the Centennial Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES).  The fee is $25.00 per seminar (.5 unit) or $25.00 per series of threaded seminars (1.0 - 3.0 units).   A list of threaded seminars can be found online at www.rmna.org.  Participants must enroll in all seminars of a threaded series in order to qualify for the $25.00 multi-unit fee. Please be prepared to pay for this credit with a check, made payable to BOCES, on the first day of a seminar or on the final day of a threaded series of seminars.  

 
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