Apr 28, 2012 at 1:36 am #1289263
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Do some of you find yourselves putting backpacking on hold once winter comes?
It's seems that the high sierras or other high elevation mountain ranges are the main destination of most backpackers on here, and most plan around the summer season for obvious reasons.
Luckily there are plenty of places around here that are mild in winter, but it does seem like a mad dash to get a bunch of trips in during the somewhat short hiking season in the mountains. I lack any snow camping or mountaineering skills, so it's going to be a while before I go can anywhere I want at any time of the year.Apr 28, 2012 at 2:50 am #1872097
I grew up in Minnesota where the choice is lots and lots of bugs or lots and lots of snow. I'll take snow every time. I will soon return to the States after 2 years in South Asia and winter camping is one of the things I look forward to the most.Apr 28, 2012 at 7:08 am #1872126
Ken T.BPL Member
Don't forget that the shorter days bring their own issues too. So lucky to be in CA where you can find places to go year round. I don't know how those folks in Minnesota do it. Camping in the height of the season is so easy here. Skills required for successful winter camping may seem like too much work to some.Apr 28, 2012 at 7:25 am #1872133
Jim ColtenBPL Member
Don't forget that the shorter days bring their own issues too. … I don't know how those folks in Minnesota do it.
You have to be resigned to shorter travel days and doing part of camp chores by artificial light. Skurka hiked a couple hours by headlamp each day on his UL in the Nation's Icebox outing.
The shortest of the short days run are limited mostly to Dec and Jan.Apr 28, 2012 at 9:43 am #1872172
This last year, I spent much of the winter in Tahoe. I never motivated myself to get to the Eastside, but Tahoe is an easy drive.
My favorite, most publicized, and best trips are in the Sierra. It feels like of 95% of my trips during the summer are in the Sierra.
The rest of the year is my time to explore the rest of the world.Apr 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm #1872229
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
It's been getting that way – I try to escape the heat for the cool of the mountains during summer but if a winter storm is howling outside, it's probably not much better in a tent.Apr 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm #1872245
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
I stick to day hiking in the winter. My hands and feet get painful when it gets cold and I've yet to find a system that works. I think I could handle it if I were to hike and then sleep, but the short days in winter mean I'd either be hiking after dark or hanging out in camp for hours and getting cold. Luckily winter is short in the southern Appalachians.Apr 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm #1872274
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Seasonal? No. Familial? Yes.
I could care less when I go backpack, but it has to first coincide with what is going on with my family, that is the greater influencer of when, where, and how often I get out for backpacking, not the seasons.Apr 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm #1872283
Jim ColtenBPL Member
I have a friend who is a seasonal hiker, but not in the sense the question was asked.
His camping season starts in October and finishes the following April (he does not like mosquitoes and/or sweating)Apr 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm #1872284
Both seasonal and fair-weather.
Some part of the US the summer is intolerably hot and humid and buggy. Arkansas for instance, or Texas (big bend) In those parts you hike in cooler months, and avoid the trail in the summer.Apr 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm #1872286
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
For me i stick to day trips in the winter. I dont have the skill yet to take on the rockies in the winter. I to plan over the next few years to get avalanche training, and improve my skiing enough to start some back country touring trips. For now its well marked low slope day trips in the winter.Apr 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm #1872304
Kimberly WersalBPL Member
@kwersalLocale: Western Colorado
I would say I do 3-Seasonal hiking. NOT into the winter thing: I have a hard time keeping warm in cold weather, and the long hours of darkness would drag by.Apr 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm #1872323
Aaron CroftBPL Member
3 seasons for me. I do the occasional winter trip in southern Utah, but for the most part I just switch over to snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.Apr 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm #1872349
Nico .BPL Member
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
For the most part, yes…
Except my hiking season is November through April. I prefer to hike in my local backcountry and the summer is too hot and dry out there. I like the winter much better… no people, no snakes, few bugs, more water.
That being said, I usually sneak out "early" with a couple of late summer or early fall trips (mid-September to mid-November) to the Sierra to kick off my hiking season.Apr 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm #1872810
@louisbLocale: North Adirolf
Being from Florida I typically start my hiking when most others are quitting for the winter. I hate the heat and prefer to camp when it is cold. (Mind you cold for me is sub 50) We are already reaching into the 90s during the day so unless I go north the season is pretty much over here until October.
–louisApr 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm #1872934
@cmckayrochester-rr-comLocale: Upstate New York
Yes, winter only!
I have focused on the ADK High Peaks area during the winter. I’m busy in the summer with bike racing so it is a good fit time wise. It clearly has more stay warm, be safe gear and higher risk but is very rewarding.
Start small, test gear and learn how your body reacts to cold. I have found most UL thinking applies during the winter with some adaptation.Apr 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm #1872980
I find myself backpacking year round, but I am lucky that I live in the bay area where I can migrate to non snowy/minimally snowy areas since weather is so mild over here. I find myself hanging out at Henry Coe and ventana wilderness frequently during the "winter" and spring months, and spend a bit more time in the sierras outside of snow season. I'd like to get into snow camping at some point, but currently am not equipped for that.May 1, 2012 at 7:09 am #1873045
Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Front Range Zoo
…out comes the backcountry skis. :)
So not hiking, but a different form of transportation. Hut trips and at least one winter backpacking trip.May 1, 2012 at 5:59 pm #1873258
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I'm a seasonal backpacker because I absolutely hate being stuck in the tent during 14 hours of darkness. However, I do dayhike during the winter, as long as it isn't icy in the Columbia River Gorge. I pretty much gave up winter sports after wrecking a knee cross-country skiing in the late 1980's.May 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm #1873389
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> His camping season starts in October and finishes the following April (he does not
> like mosquitoes and/or sweating)
Happens here in Oz too. Going walking in mid-summer can be very hot and uncomfortable – then it reaches blow-up days when you stay home with a bucket of water ready for the fires.
Winter is nice!
CheersMay 2, 2012 at 12:38 am #1873394
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Where I live it doesn't matter. We hike 12 months a year. Of course it helps that I live at the base of two large mountains (10K + feet); on the desert floor only 500 feet above sea level. Not lucky, I planned it that way when I was a young adult. :)May 2, 2012 at 5:22 am #1873419
@leslerLocale: right here, right now
3 seasons for me
hockey and aggressive local/ training walks in winterMay 2, 2012 at 6:07 am #1873432
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
Hiking season for me is directly related to when I can get my vacation time scheduled or work in a three or four day weekend out and back trip.
24 hour turnaround style trips and section hikes on the AT and other trails within a 4 to 5 hour drive / travel time window are my thing.
My trips have fallen into the 3 season category. I prefer the fall and early spring seasons. I have hiked in the dog days of summer when it felt as if I needed to find a spray on can of Hydropel. ;-)
As Eugene said my ability to hike also revolves around my family life and events. Ironically as I write this I am in NC relatively close to the AT but I am here for a very important family event that takes precedence.
Our oldest son and his fiance' are to be married this week and we are here to celebrate the wedding.
Party On !!!!
NewtonMay 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm #1874519
Steven HanlonBPL Member
@asciibaronLocale: Mid Atlantic
Im not a fan of hot days, like 100 degree days. I do the bulk of my backpacking between Sept thru June. short days can be a problem, but a nice cozy jacket and warm fire can solve that. I love the winter sky.May 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm #1874522
I hike on the weekdays throughout every season. I try and set my free time after work around two hours to accomplish this. The seasons as they change make it more exciting and almost brand new every time you go. As for trekking I do that every season also but I trek from Friday and come back Sunday camping anywhere as I please. I take it very slow and very far mostly up any mountainous locations.
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