11 comments on “5 Reasons To Love Winter Hiking

  1. WOW!!! After doing that hike on my AT hike this year… I really, REALLY appreciate this post. Thanks for the videos… and I want that picture of myself also… with the ice axe at washington in December! Yeah!

  2. Man. Those Presi pics make me feel like such a wimp. I probably won’t get up there this winter, but I’m going to try for some backpacking below tree-line, at least. Grant, you’re a mighty man!

  3. That looks like quite the adventure! I could use your advice on how to break into Winter hiking. I’ve never been much of an outdoors-man, but my son(he’s 8 now) and I have been going on simple hikes since he could walk. Now that he’s getting a little older I want to try to scale a summit, and I’d like it to be just the two of us so winter sounds like the time to go. Can you advise me on what and where to buy what I’ll need? In the past I’ve purchased my equipment from Sportsman’s Guide. I was hoping to be able to find some of what I need on their holiday gift guide to try to save myself some money, but I’m more concerned with getting what I need then saving money, so please whatever advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

  4. My advice for breaking into winter hiking (since I’m not quite as far along as Grant) is to start snowshoeing with a decent pair of snowshoes, and do it on trails that don’t go high above treeline. Depending on where you are, you can find all kinds of hikes like this. If you’re familiar with Camel’s Hump or Stratton Mountain in Vermont, the Camden Hills in Maine, or a lot of the <4000 foot peaks in the White Mountains, you can find some hikes that are good for beginning in winter. Always be conservative when beginning-- shorter hikes, carry some extra safety equipment, and be careful. Getting used to it is the most important thing. Gear is secondary, in many ways. Although a good pair of snowshoes like MSR Lightning series, or Tubbs Flex series are pretty great to have.

  5. Winter camping is something I look forward to every year. The easiest was to get into it, is just as Guthook suggests- walk outside and figure out a sleeping/shelter option that is acceptable to you- even better get someone who is experienced to take you out. Find someplace where you can rent a cheap cabin that can be heated with woodstove. Once you have that down you can work your way up to situations like a White mountain winter summit bid.

  6. Wow Grant. Great post. It’s easy to get passionate about winter trekking. There are some perfect weekends every winter when the temps hover just below freezing and invite us to spend a few nights in the wilderness. The beauty of the Rockies is jaw-dropping this time of year. Skiing or snowshoeing on a fresh cover of snow adds a new, slower dimension to backcountry travel. Bears are fast asleep. You need not “go deep” for the feeling of the winter wilderness, as almost nobody goes out this time of year. It’s like a cold magical desert. All the established camps and trails are simply invisible under a metre of snow. Starting out in “shallow water” just 5-10 km from the road will do. If the weather changes, it’s easy to turn around and head home.

  7. I agree– really my favorite part of winter hiking is that there are so few people out there. You really get that sense of solitude and adventure. Of course, some places still have plenty of people, but it’s definitely easier to find places where people don’t go.

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