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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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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