Winter Waterfall Hike

It’s that time of year, the Frozen Waterfall Hike is here! Come join Quest on a winter wonderland hike at Rickett’s Glen State Park.  We will teach you how to properly use crampons and mountaineering axes to enjoy the hike along the Falls Trail.  

When: February 3rd from 9am-5pm

Where: Rickett’s Glen

Where will we meet?
Quest office on upper campus.

Cost: 

  • $25 for Bloomsburg University Students
  • $50 for all others

Along the journey you can spot beautiful ice formations that make Ricketts Glen such an amazing place to be over the cold months.

Most technical equipment provided by Quest.  You may bring your own equipment and use it with the approval of Quest staff.

Gear List:

Head:

  • a wool or synthetic hat
  • snow boarding/ski goggles
  • Sun glasses
  • balaclava (face and neck mask)
  • Chapstick

Upper Body:

  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • long sleeve synthetic base layer (polypro, underarmor)
  • fleece
  • insulating layer(synthetic or down puffy)
  • Water/wind proof shell (goretex)
  • liner gloves
  • insulated gloves/mittens

Lower body:

  • synthetic base layer
  • fleece pants
  • insulated snow pants shell (water/wind proof)
  • liner sock (optional)
  • insulated synthetic or wool socks(2 pair)
  • mountaineering boots/crampons (refer to “other equipment”)

Other Equipment:

  • mountaineering/ ice climbing axes- provided by Quest
  • mountaineering boots/crampons- These boots are not simply hiking boots. They must be insulated and be step in crampon compatible. The shank (the sole) of these boots are very stiff and doesn’t move at all, this aids in the use of the crampons. Example Scarpa Inverno
  • Water containers- Nalgenes, camel backs, ect. Ideally two liter capacity and two different containers. Also temperatures will more than likely be very cold so a way to insulate or prevent you water from freezing should be used. Examples include wool socks over nalgenes or insulated covers.
  • climbing food- energizing snacks like carbs and sugars(cliff bars, trail mix, chocolate, jerky, ect).
  • daypack- A pack that is big enough to hold additional layers, food, and water. Also it makes life easier if you have straps to tie your crampons and axe to the outside of your pack. The crampons have spikes and will cut fabrics.
  • headlamps/flashlights-  Optional. Headlamps are available at Walmart for around $15.
  • handwarmers- optional but if you get cold easy its a good idea.

How to sign-up: Ideally, you should register early, weeks in advance, if possible.  In order for us to get prepared to get gear and equipment packed and ready, registration typically closes on the Wednesday before a activities occurring on a weekend, and a few days before activities occurring on a weekday, but if spots are still available there is a possibility that you may still be able to register.  Our office is not open on weekends or evenings.  Always call first to see if there is available space before coming to the office or sending in payment.  Spots cannot be reserved by calling or emailing.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Methods of payment: 1) cash in person   2) check payable to “Bloomsburg University” in person or via U.S. mail (with a note listing your name, email address and phone number and the date and activity your registering for)

If you need additional help or have any questions, call the Quest Office or email at quest@bloomu.edu.

Forms We Need From You

* A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.

* Signed Parental Consent for participants who are minors (under 18 years of age).

Course Information: (read everything below to make sure that you are prepared for this trip)

Quest courses are designed for beginners, so you will not be expected to demonstrate high levels of ability, but they provide a physical, psychological, and emotional challenge. Courses occur in areas that often involve steep terrain, rough and narrow trails, wet or muddy conditions, and inclement weather. Most Quest activities are movement-oriented activities involving some strenuous activity. Quest staff will provide you with a safety briefing to prepare you for the activities and any safety issues you might encounter or skills you need.

Instructors

Quest instructors are professional outdoor leaders, students, interns, and members of the community. They are trained in specific outdoor pursuits, leadership, and first aid. All are involved in on-going outdoor leadership training with Quest.

Policies

For safety reasons, participants are required to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs while participating in Quest Activities. Please respect the rights and health of others with regard to smoking. Participants will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment belonging to Quest.

Safety

Safety is a primary concern during any Quest course. A safety briefing precedes each activity, where risks and protection against these risks are explained. Participants are expected to abide by all safety rules and procedures defined by Quest staff.

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