Shoreline Boy Scout Troop 853 snow camps at Paradise, Mt. Rainier

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Michael and Joachim in their snow cave
Photo by Kurt Herzog

By Scoutmaster Kurt Herzog

Ten scouts and adults from Troop 853 completed their annual snow camping experience last weekend, February 11-12, 2012. The troop built snow caves and camped overnight near Paradise on Mt. Rainier. The National Park Service says, "Paradise is the snowiest place on Earth where snowfall is measured regularly."

Morning at Paradise
Photo by Kurt Herzog

The snow depth at Paradise is currently a little more than 10 feet. Scouts learned to be safe in the snow and cold and how to build a safe, overnight shelter. Mostly, they focused on having fun. About four inches of snow fell during the overnight and the scouts saw two Cascade foxes.

Scouts were required to smash roof of snow caves for the safety of other hikers.
Photo by Kurt Herzog

Older scouts  Tom and Max packing up to go.
Photo by Kurt Herzog


Toes in the Water by Carolyn February 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

Beautiful, I almost wish I was there! brrrrrr

Anonymous,  February 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

Great article on boy scouts learning learning survival skills, team work, and love of the outdoors - another words, everything that scouting is supposed to represent.

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