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Weekend Winter Hiking
( by John Macri )
Weekend Winter Hiking:
Every autumn I lament that many of us start winding down our hiking and get ready for a hibernating winter. In fact, I think I enjoy winter hiking best for many reasons albeit a heavier pack. Is there anything more breath taking than a snow covered mountain vista? Few landscape scenes can match fresh snow on a forest of pine trees. In a nutshell, consider: there are less crowds, Lean-to shelters are usually wide open; no bugs; no bears; no rain; no mud; no leaves to block a view and perhaps most enjoyable - real solitude. So quiet, you actually can hear it. Awe inspiring really.
Okay, an obvious question is "Don't you get cold out there?!"Of course the answer is yes but that is not to say we are freezing all day. In fact, while walking, one can get pretty toasty not unlike the other seasons. Rest periods and night time are when you need to pay closer attention to the cold air. It's rather humorous at times because I can run out to the car and swear at ol' man winter yet never seem to get as cold living outdoors for a few days.
The following information is mostly on snow gear although winter sage is a must before hitting the snow covered trails. I cannot emphasis this enough - read as much as you can before tackling winter backpacking.( Complete Article HERE ! )
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Hiking with Children
( by Penny Schwyn )Hiking with Kids:
This article is not meant tobe a substitute for common sense, or a treatise on child care. The purpose is to provide guidelines and suggestions as what has worked successfully for other parents who have ventured into the woods with their kids, before you. Many people have contributed to this, either with direct assistance in editing, or through posts to rec.backcountry.
INDEX (see article for index)
Intro and General Considerations:
You have kids, and now your hiking and backpacking life is over, correct? Wrong.While some people decide that taking kids out into the backcountry is going to be too much work, there are many of us that have had wonderful family times with a little altering of how we did it "BC". (before children)( Complete Article HERE ! )
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