Philip Werner

Philip Werner quit his corporate job in 2010 to become a full-time hiker, guide, and outdoor writer. Since then he's hiked over five thousand miles, become an adept fly fisherman, XC skier, and written over 2500 backpacking and hiking articles for SectionHiker.com.

White Mountains 4000 Footer Weather Forecasts

White Mountains 4000 Footer Weather Forecasts

A one-page listing of weather forecast and trail conditions information for each of the 48 New Hampshire White Mountain 4000 footers. How many of you spend hours each month searching NOAA, NETC, or Mountain Forecast, typing in mountain names into their tiny …

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Dachstein Arctic Boiled Wool Gloves Review

Dachstein Arctic Boiled Wool Gloves Review

Dachstein’s Arctic Boiled Wool Gloves are very warm, three-ply, boiled wool gloves (more on this below) that make exceptional liners in waterproof shell mittens. When the mercury drops to near zero or below, these are the gloves you want to be wearing. …

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Arc’teryx Gamma AR Soft-Shell Pants Review

Arcteryx Gamma AR Softshell Pants Review

Arc’teryx’s Gamma AR Soft-Shell Pants are ideal for winter hiking and snowsports, with a double-woven softshell fabric that breathes well with a good deal of built-in stretch. The fit is roomy, especially for Arcteryx clothes that generally run slim, with enough room …

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Sleeping Pad R-Values of 2022

Sleeping Pad R-Values of 2022

A backpacking or camping sleeping pad’s R-value measures its resistance to heat loss to the ground when you lie on it at night. Pads with higher R-values do this more effectively than pads with lower R-values. R-value isn’t a measure of warmth …

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Hillsound Trail Crampons Review

Hillsound Trail Crampons Review

Hillsound Trail Crampons are a winter traction aid that’s tailor-made for hiking on inclined trails covered with hard ice or packed snow where you need longer and sharper spikes to penetrate the surface and give you a good grip.  They’re compatible with insulated …

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Sierra Designs Convert 3 Tent Review

Sierra Designs Convert 3 Tent Review

The Sierra Designs Convert 3 is a freestanding three-person tent that’s strong enough for four season winter camping and backpacking, but can also re-configured for three season use in less demanding conditions. It has a large main compartment and two vestibules, which …

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Hiking Mt Jefferson in December

Hiking Mt Jefferson in December

Mt Jefferson (5712′) is the third-highest White Mountain 4000 footer and one of the hardest mountains to climb in winter because it’s so windy. The best approach in winter is to climb the Jewell Trail to the Gulfside Trail and then up …

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Hiking East Osceola and Mt Osceola in December

Hiking the Osceolas in December

East Osceola (4156′) and Mt Osceola (4340′) are two more 4000 footers where the winter route is significantly more difficult than the summer route. The easier, southern, three-season route starts at Tripoli Rd in Waterville Valley and the ascent is relatively gradual. …

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