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Winter Hiking

9 Winter Navigation Hazards

Winter Navigation Hazards

Winter hiking navigation is different than three season navigation because easy trails can become unsafe from avalanche danger, deep snow, or dangerous weather conditions. When planning winter hiking routes, it’s important to factor these hazards into your route plans and preparation, even if it means taking a longer and safer route. Here’s a …

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12 Essential Winter Camping and Backpacking Hacks

Dug Out Winter Kitchen Area

Winter camping and backpacking have a much steeper learning curve than three season hiking and camping because you have to carry a lot more gear and learn so many new skills. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that have improved the safety and comfort of my winter trips. …

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5 Essential Winter Survival Skills

Avalanche Danger

Winter is when the training wheels come off for hikers, climbers, and backcountry skiers. When all of the planning and preparation you did before your trip won’t help you get out of the jam you’re in. When your buddy hits his head on a tree skiing down a backcountry route or …

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How to Attach Snowshoes to a Backpack

Snowshoes stuffed into the back pocket of a backpack.

I’m often asked about the best way to attach snowshoes to a backpack. There are basically two ways: You can attach them to the sides of your pack (top photo) or hang them off the back, either stuffed in a shovel pocket, as shown below or just attached using shock …

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