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.