I first heard about the Vipassana meditation 2 years ago on a podcast where the host went on a retreat for 10 days of complete silence. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, is free, and attracts people from all walks of life. I knew immediately that it was something I wanted to do.
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.