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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A winter fire made from batoned wood

Winter Fire Building Practice – Twice Makes Right

I headed back into the winter woods to practice building a winter fire, a survival skill that I want to master in case I ever need an emergency fire. (see Winter Survival Fire Lighting Skills – Why Don’t We Teach Them? and  Winter Fire Building Trip.) The objective of this practice session was to see if […]

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Katie at the Mt Carrigan Summit Tower

The Winter Route up Mt Carrigan

The route up Mt Carrigan (4681′) in winter is one of the longest, but most rewarding, scenic hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Fourteen miles in length with 3800′ of elevation gain, the winter climb up Carrigan is one of those hikes where more often that not, you’re likely to hike out after dark by headlamp. That doesn’t […]

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Cross-Country Skiing in the White Mountains

Cross Country Skiing: A Different Way to Experience the Trail

Cross-country skiing is a popular sport in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and one that complements the excellent winter hiking and snowshoeing in the region. It also provides access to winter views, such as the one of Mt Crawford here from the banks of the mighty Saco River, that are virtually unreachable without skis. I’ve been wanting […]

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