Winter backpacking can pose a tricky set of problems. It is always ideal to keep your pack light in order to make your trip more enjoyable, but pack too little on a winter trip and you risk serious dangers such as hypothermia or frost bite.
After driving 3 hours to Dry Fork, West Virginia, we hit the foothills of the Dolly Sods Wilderness. The previous night’s snow had been compacted into the steep gravel road and frozen almost to ice. After spinning out once we had to get out of the car, hack up the ice in the road, and push.
Unpredictable weather and harsh conditions can make winter backpacking a bit more dangerous than friendly summer camping, but with the right prep and equipment, you will often be rewarded with picturesque views and all but empty trails.
Thanksgiving 2015: Eric and I decided to do something different this year. Instead of spending the weekend gorging ourselves, we had a quiet vegan thanksgiving dinner and then headed to George Washington National Forest for an easy 2 days of backpacking.
For the past year I have been training for the 24 hour Ultraskate held annually at the NASCAR speedway in Homestead, Florida. For those of you unfamiliar, it is an endurance competition where one pushes, pumps, or paddles a skateboard for 24 straight hours.
Let’s get real. In between adventures, I work a day job 40 hours a week. I mostly sit at my desk answering or sending e-mails, planning projects, or researching new projects. To break up all that sitting and to keep in shape for outdoor adventures, I head to the gym at lunch. Here’s what’s in my bag.
Every year two epic skate battles go down outside of the great cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Push in the Woods is held outside of Portland while the Centennial Sk8 Festival is held just north of Seattle in Arlington, Washington.
Considered to be the toughest and most dangerous day hike in the Northeast, the Devil’s Path is a 24 mile roller coaster with 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss from start to finish. We decided to tackle this monster over one weekend in mid October.