The troop headed up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to San Jacinto State Park to practice their snow survival skills. The ride up on the tram was a lot of fun. At the top the weather was perfect – cold with plenty of snow in the wilderness around Round Valley. As you can see from the photos, San Jacinto was a winter wonderland shared by only a few other scout troops (plus, reassuringly, a search & rescue team from San Diego that was training near our camp). The scouts had a great time trekking about 2.5 miles wearing snowshoes, setting up camp in deep snow, practicing self-arrests with an ice axe, and having snowball fights. We camped at over 9,100 feet elevation, which made some of the adults light-headed (but the scouts didn’t seem to mind). When the sun went down, the wind howled and it got very cold (into the teens). So after a hot dinner, hot chocolate, and a jiffypop snack huddled around the stoves, everyone hit their sleeping bags by 6:30pm! Even our youngest scouts came well-prepared, worked hard, and had a great time on this high-adventure outing.