Sep 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm #1294476
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Just a thought but I would like to try roughly figure out what kind of percentage of active members on here backpack in all seasons.
I much prefer getting in to the outdoors outside of summer to dodge the Heat, bugs and the masses. Don't get me wrong summer trips in remote areas with a light pack can be amazing.
If you don't backpack all year round please tell me why.
StephenSep 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm #1915960
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I backpack in all seasons. It's easy around here to find places that stay above freezing in the winter. It can get very rainy though.Sep 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm #1915961
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I would love to do so locally, but it gets too hot and I'm much too fat to do so. I can't afford to take short trips up to where it's still cool in the summer. I do night hikes during the summer though.Sep 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm #1915967
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Lightweight backpacking can be great in lower elevations of Arizona and the Southeast, but in the Rockies (or other high mountains) I don't like overnight soloing in deep snow with short days/long nights in the dead of winter. XC snow day trips are OK in Dec-Feb. but with a burning fireplace at day's end.
ed. addSep 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm #1915971
Live in Northeast.. don't have or want major cold weather gear. I stick to snowshoeing for fun and other activities. opposite of Eugene.. i'm too skinny, don't have enough personal insulation. BRRRSep 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm #1915978
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
May-Oct for me in the Pacific Northwest US.Sep 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm #1915981
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Winter means lots of day hikes in lowland forests for me when the trails are snowed in. There are several books on winter hikes in Washington. We have found some good history-oriented hikes and rail trails that make good winter trips.
Other than snowed-in trailheads, rain and limited daylight take their tolls on winter hiking time. Then again, the crowds and the bugs are gone.
I've been wanting to get snowshoes, which should extend the hiking season and optionsSep 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm #1915982
I try to go on a 3 or 4 night backpack every month. Last miss was April 2011. Then January 2008.
Stick to Oregon and Washington. Sometimes it's a little hard to find a trip that stays above 20 degrees F, about my lower limit. And I avoid too windy/rainy. Usually possible to find a trip each month.Sep 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm #1915985
But about October until May I see almost no backpackers – I don't know why – no bugs, it's not overly hot, you need to have the right gear.Sep 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm #1915986
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
In the winter in California above 7K, we call it snow camping.
Shorter hikes, more solitude, and fresh ingredients for your dinner. What could be better. :-))Sep 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm #1915998
@creachenLocale: East Bay
The last 4 years I have hiked all year kinda? I have been lucky enough to backpack every month except November & December because of holidays and family stuff keeps me busy at the end of the year. You gotta love California because of Sierras and the Coastal Range–many options.Sep 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm #1916004
@davidpcvsamoaLocale: East Bay, CA
Come snow camping this year Jay. Its warmer than Coe in February.
I don't stop taking trips but I prefer to take trips in Yosemite National Park this time of year, instead of the wilderness areas in the national forests. I generally avoid the national forests during hunting season. The second reason is that Yosemite is a special experience in the winter when the traffic and crowds are far less.Sep 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm #1916017
I hike May to October most weekends (I get three day weekends). This Winter I do plan to begin the Appalachian Trail. However when staying in Montana I find Winter too cold and dark to hike in the winter. I prefer daytime activities like Snowboarding, skiing and snow shoeing.Sep 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm #1916021
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I once got all prepared for year-around backpacking and took a class in winter camping, but I decided it wasn't for me. Too many long dark hours in the tent! I dayhike year around (quite possible here in western OR where it snows down to the valley floor maybe twice a winter), but no overnights.Sep 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm #1916022
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Places and months I've backpacked:
Alaska: March, June, July, August, September, October
California: January, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec between coastal, Sierra, Big Sur, and desert trips.
Washington: April through October
Hawaii: Jan, Feb, March, April.
New Zealand: March
Costa Rica: December
So, yeah, year-round. Year-round was easiest in California with its varied terrain and climates. Now, year-round trips involve more air travel (or snow camping).Sep 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm #1916023
I do, though the wife and I do mostly car camping during the winter. Portable DVD is heavenly for winter. So is an electric bed warmer. Fortunately for me the local climate/geography is kind enough to allow camping year round in very varied conditions.
Too hot inland? Stick by the coast. Sick of the fog? Go inland. Mountains, beaches, lush forests all around. Why not go out?Sep 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm #1916026
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I am plan to start bikepacking. Hopefully the extra ventilation will keep me cool enough to keep doing trip throughout the summer. I may be picking up a new bike soon. Since I'll mostly train at night, I already have bike lights on the way.Sep 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm #1916028
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
In all weathers, climates and elevations, but not as much as I'd like.
I'm excited to try my new pair of snowshoes out.
I still want to get a better floorless shelter, tooSep 27, 2012 at 4:10 am #1916045
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Keep them coming folks, I am just getting a flight to the Rockies, will reply next week.Sep 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm #1916250
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
I backpack year round here in CA.
The locations vary by season though. Late fall through the spring is largely in my local National Forest. I'll get the occasional snow camping or rainy trip but it's mostly just cold and clear (for winter) in an empty forest/desert ranging from 0' to about 8,000' elevation and then warm and sunny in the spring.
Sometime in the spring it starts to get too hot and dry locally, so from then through the early fall, I transition my trips to cooler and/or higher climes, like hikes in the Sierra or hikes in Big Sur.
At any time of the year, I can get in a weekend trip within a few hours drive of my house. I only occasionally venture outside of the state for a trip just because of the diversity and convenience of my home state.Sep 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm #1916253
Same with Nick, CA rocks!, so diverse.Sep 28, 2012 at 4:43 am #1916335
I only take backpacking trips in PA in the Spring or Fall. Basically I'm looking for temperatures in the range 20 degrees – 70 degrees. Much above or below that and I'm not going to go.
I avoid the summers because of the humidity and bugs. I may try going out in the winter sometime but haven't yet.
Maybe I need to move to CA…Sep 28, 2012 at 6:48 am #1916354
@flutingaroundLocale: Rocky Mtn. West
I would say yes I will, I want to do more this season in Colorado. I just learned winter camping last year..and I snowshoe. I was doing winter hut trips before.Oct 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm #1917241
@retropumpLocale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Yup, all year round, BUT, I live in a part of the world where we can choose our winter destinations so we end up at a hut with some kind of heating. Aside from having a warm-ish place to sleep, it makes hanging out on long winter nights much more enjoyable. Hitting the sack at 5pm and not getting up until 7-8am really sucks IMHO, unless you can start and keep a good fire going.Oct 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm #1917280
"Hitting the sack at 5pm and not getting up until 7-8am really sucks IMHO"
Okay, maybe the sun rises at 8AM and sets at 4PM but you get an hour of dawn and dusk at each end, and maybe build a fire and stay up for another couple hours – so that's 12 hours. And then read a book with flashlight for a couple hours or look at stars…
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