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Winter Backpacking on a Budget

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Backpacking, day hiking, and mountaineering in winter is great sport. I got completely hooked a few years ago and can’t wait for the winter hiking season to start up again. But winter gear is very expensive and you need to start saving now to build up your winter gear list. …

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CAMP Corsa Ultralight Ice Axe

Ice Axe Ready-Grip

CAMP Corsa Ice Axe in the Alpine Garden, Mt Washington (NH) I’m on mission this winter to shave yet more weight off my winter backpacking and mountaineering gear list. But pushing your non-consumables and unworn items below 25 lbs, becomes increasingly difficult without sacrificing some degree of safety and/or functionality. …

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Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe - South Hancock Mountain

I use a Black Diamond Raven Ice axe in winter when I’m climbing mountains. I don’t always bring it, but there have been times when I didn’t expect to need it and it’s come in handy as a walking stick and self-arrest tool when ascending or descending steep snow or …

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How to use an Ice Axe

An ice axe is an essential safety tool for winter hiking and climbing. With proper instruction, it is easy to learn the basics and serves as a foundation for all subsequent winter hiking and mountaineering skills. If you’re new to winter hiking and climbing, the first thing you need to …

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Cold Cold World Backpacks

I was out today doing some gear testing, trying to figure out the best way to carry snowshoes on one of my existing backpacks. It looks like the system shown here is pretty workable: I've stowed the bottoms of my Atlas 830 snowshoes into the shovel pocket of an REI UL60 …

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