Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Winter Backpack

Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L backpack is a great winter and climbing backpack, well-suited for day long hikes that require carrying heavy winter gear such as snowshoes, skis, a snowboard, an ice axe and avalanche shovel. A top-loading pack, it has numerous external attachment points for lashing gear to the outside of the pack in addition to […]

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Upper Greeley Pond (frozen) in Mad River Notch

Greeley Ponds Snowshoe Adventure

While I haven’t completely given up on hiking 4,000 footers since finishing the White Mountain 4000 footers (in winter) last year, the main reason I hike the higher peaks is social, to hang out with my friends who are working on their own peakbagging lists. When I hike by myself, I enjoy exploring more remote […]

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Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Review

The Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody is a highly breathable softshell jacket that excels as a wind shirt and protective garment against light precipitation. Ideally suited for cold weather pursuits, it provides excellent breathability without the weight of a heavier technical shell. Made entirely with Schoeller stretch fabric, the Alpine Start Hoody is most breathable jacket that […]

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John and June layered up for winter hiking

Recommended Winter Day Hiking Gear List

When gearing up for winter day hiking in the northeastern United States including the White Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, Vermont, and Maine, you want footwear, clothing and traction aids that can be used across a fairly wide range of: Temperatures: from 40 degrees down to 20 below zero (Fahrenheit) Wind speeds: from 50 mph […]

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A smiling Section Hiker melting snow in camp wearing the Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka

Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka Review

The Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka is the quintessential puffy down jacket that’s equally appropriate for winter camping in subzero temperatures or standing on a windy subway platform. This is a seriously warm down jacket made to keep you toasty in the coldest conditions imaginable, above treeline on a frigid crag, or at your kid’s lakeside hockey game. Filled with […]

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