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Default WA state Track party/snow cat jamboree 2014

So here we go! Snow cat jamboree 2013 was a huge success and we are looking forward to doing again next year. As we gather all the specifics we will post here for the event in 2014. Post here if you are interested and we will keep you updated as we go. Thanks.
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i would like it a little later in the season maybe pre iditarod by a week or 2 but not so soon after christmas, as i will have a large investment in plane tickets.
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better location to get more involved
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looking forward to it.
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i would like it a little later in the season maybe pre iditarod by a week or 2 but not so soon after christmas, as i will have a large investment in plane tickets.
We will do our best but the end of January to mid February seems to be the magic time to avoid no snow in early season and avalanche danger in later February early march. This of course could change but it will be very close to the date it was on this year. Hope it works for you.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:32 PM
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As for location we will be doing it at the same spot as this year, Leavenworth WA. The location was picked for a number of reasons and it turns out they were all good ones. We have more terrane to cover in the area we left from and the town has much to offer during the times we are not in our cats. There will be some changes but for the most part the Der Ritterhoff hotel was very good to us as well as Bert the property owner where we staged before the trip. I'm sure I'm speaking for a few others here in the Pacific NW, we would love to have someone plan something somewhere else so we could see some other country. You wouldn't regret the trip, hope to see you next year.
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We made a good impression on everyone. I have the forest officers adress that was on site and he was satified with everything in the morning. The hotel provided rv parking if a room wasn't in your buget.
you already have a banner that belongs to every jamboree.
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Is there someone out there that teaches cat safety in the back country who might be EXCITED to "work with the Snow Cat Jamboree" ? This could be an additional draw to the event if the class was held in conjuction with the Jamboree. Cat operators could come for classes and attend the Jamboree at the same time .
Just a thought to increase attendance for both attractions . The classes could be 100% seperate from the Jamboree but held near or at the same time . I hear the operator class reduces the insurance costs for companies operating snow cats .
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Is there someone out there that teaches cat safety in the back country who might be EXCITED to "work with the Snow Cat Jamboree" ? This could be an additional draw to the event if the class was held in conjuction with the Jamboree. Cat operators could come for classes and attend the Jamboree at the same time .
Just a thought to increase attendance for both attractions . The classes could be 100% seperate from the Jamboree but held near or at the same time . I hear the operator class reduces the insurance costs for companies operating snow cats .
What exactly are you talking about when it comes to actual safety class...

I'm sure we can come up with something in the midth of all the "brains" in the forum, since I believe everyone has something to share as far as experience.

As far as next year though, God willing, I'm definitely coming and would love to join everyone on the run.

This could be very similar to something that we do with our local Jeep club, where we could possibly contact some vendors that would love to take part in this for a day, and may be display some of their own gear.
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Maine has a groomer saftey DVD and test that I have done
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Maine has a groomer saftey DVD and test that I have done
But Maine is on the wrong side of the country....

I sence that some of the Eastern members would like a shot at a snow cat jamborie.......

I think some of you guys/gals in Maine should do something about that.

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We will do our best but the end of January to mid February seems to be the magic time to avoid no snow in early season and avalanche danger in later February early march
After a life time of climbing and skiing in the Cascades, after sufficient snow falls, I don't thing there is a predictable time frame with minimal avalanche danger. Chinooks and other crust causing events can happen all over the calendar, with resultant releases.

Large slab releases seem more common in late winter, but there is certainly danger prior to that.

The route to the summit seemed very safe with the possible exception of just prior to the summit, crossing a slide slope which could be dangerous if very very heavily loaded
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After a life time of climbing and skiing in the Cascades, after sufficient snow falls, I don't thing there is a predictable time frame with minimal avalanche danger. Chinooks and other crust causing events can happen all over the calendar, with resultant releases.

Large slab releases seem more common in late winter, but there is certainly danger prior to that.

The route to the summit seemed very safe with the possible exception of just prior to the summit, crossing a slide slope which could be dangerous if very very heavily loaded
All good points K/R One thing that we should all remember just because you take your cat out dosent mean you have to go all the way ! Know when to turn around or back down . The snow Cat Jamboree was LUCKY this year !!!! Lucky ..... We all take the risk of sliding snow breaking trees or in my case a truck that blew the transmission . Preperation and an optional plan due to weather or break down cant be stressed enough .

At the Snow Cat Jamboree location this year we had an optional route should there had been major snow ! We also had sleds to shuttle someone out in case of a health problem .
Those slab avalanches are nasty and some times tough to predict . This is one subject that would make for a great class at the next Snow Cat jamboree . Anyone out there want to step up and offer to teach it ?
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After a life time of climbing and skiing in the Cascades, after sufficient snow falls, I don't thing there is a predictable time frame with minimal avalanche danger. Chinooks and other crust causing events can happen all over the calendar, with resultant releases.

Large slab releases seem more common in late winter, but there is certainly danger prior to that.

The route to the summit seemed very safe with the possible exception of just prior to the summit, crossing a slide slope which could be dangerous if very very heavily loaded
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well i will have to start saving now i guess. as for location i once suggested Big Al's ranch as we could run all around his fields, there is a ready supply of rum for those that drink and a good supply of krustys for a krusty crushing contest.
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He is in the SW corner of Idaho.
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Step right up. I see no reason why a east and west jamboree cant be done.
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He is in the SW corner of Idaho.
Better check your map again . North Central prob be a little closer.
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Step right up. I see no reason why a east and west jamboree cant be done.
Working on it would say its prob mountain west for this one.
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