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.