SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — Jason George, a Santa Barbara nearby and previous TRI Club athlete, is celebrating his 25th year serving as a guide for his TRI Mountaineering backpacking excursions.
From Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, George guided a group of eight people on a 3-day winter season backpacking trip through the snowy Western Nevadas out of Huntington Lake.
George guided the group — which provided two boys aged 9 and 10, four substantial schoolers and two moms and dads — for a no-electronics, three-day-long outdoors journey.
The title “TRI Mountaineering” arrived to George because of his time as a triathlete. He said the mission for his guided trips is to “Give it a TRI with 3Ts- T-ime, T-eamwork and T-ransformation.”
On this most the latest journey, George guided his team through the wintertime ecosystem by displaying them techniques these kinds of as how to build “snow kitchens” and “snow caves.”
“We hiked and skied in about 1.5 miles into the Western Sierras,” stated George. “We set up tents, constructed a snow kitchen spot to cook on, a center cling out spot with a campfire owning S’mores at evening nestled over the Tamarack Creek. On the second day, all of us climbed up a mountain with our alpine touring skis, had lunch and skied down. This was the very first time snowboarding for some of them. The large schoolers constructed a snow cave and slept in it on the second day.”
George explained he has been backpacking with his sons from a young age, and that he believes these visits aid distribute inspiration and inspiration for checking out the outdoor.
“COVID has isolated us,” claimed George. “I want this to excite men and women and provide folks collectively. It builds associations as it has performed for my two sons my oldest has been on 30 backpacking outings and 11 of them were winter backpacking trips. I genuinely imagine that these trips has brought our relationship nearer.”