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.
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.
Eric and I sat at our desks Tuesday morning and we both had the same thought, “I wish I was still on the trail.”
I have been living in Maryland for almost 2 years now, and although I hate many things about the state (traffic, uptight people, massive housing developments encroaching on beautiful farmland, TRAFFIC, oh wait, did I say that already?), the one thing that makes me NOT regret my decision to move here in 2013 is the mountains.