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.
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.
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.
Order: Umami Grain Bowl
Contents: organic quinoa + farro, swiss chard, pea shoots, roasted mushrooms, red onion, roasted tofu, spicy sunflower seeds, miso sesame ginger dressing
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.
Late summer at the beach is seriously just THE BEST. This year, for Labor Day Weekend (Eric’s birthday) we decided to take a trip to Assateague Island and stay at the State Line backpacking site for two nights with Chris and Jess.
After a successful 41 mile backpacking trip in Maryland, Eric and I decided to up the ante and tackle the 75 mile New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail.