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    Mike
    BPL Member

    @skinnypete

    I mainly backpack in the Sierras, or the coast if I can get a reservation. Unless I get something for Point Reyes in the Winter months, this is where I call it quits fkr the rest of the year.

    But it sure does feel good to be organized. 😁

    Garage

    #3760370
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I prefer the winter

    Not uncomfortably hot

    Few people

    Few bugs

    But yeah, a lot of places are unavailable because of snow and weather

    #3760383
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    You would likely snicker at what is called β€œwinter” here in the SE US, but winter is my jam! No heat, no bugs, few people…the woods are mine!

    #3760492
    Erik G
    BPL Member

    @fox212

    Locale: Central Coast

    There’s a whole lotta Los Padres that is very explorable in the winter time, most of which doesn’t require much in the way of permits. Backpacking is a year-round affair as far as I’m concerned, especially in CA. Don’t even need real winter gear to do it!

    #3760510
    Paul S
    BPL Member

    @pula58

    My wife and I have had to cancel so many late August/September backpacking trips, here in WA state (due to Forest fire smoke) that we started winter backpacking a couple of years ago-to try to get back trips lost due to smoke. In winter there’s no fire smoke problems, less people, and it is beautiful beyond all measure. If the temps aren’t going to drop below 15 F or so, and if the winds are < 10mphΒ  then we generally go..and have a great time!

    Backpacking year-round helps maintain our backpacking level of fitness. By the time spring-time comes, we are tough, strong, and used to carrying heavy packs while using snowshoes. So, in Spring/summer, with lighter packs everything seems much easier! Our sleeping bags are only rated to a 20 degree F comfort level, and in our tent, which has a mostly fabric liner (i.e., it is not all mesh) it is usually about 5 degrees warmer than the outside air. So, our sleeping setup in winter is pretty much the same as in spring/summer/Autumn. I do use X-therm mat in winter/spring, with X-lite in Summer/Autumn.

    We don’t hike as far in the winter, as the days are short and snow travel takes more energy (we use snowshoes).

    The night time is long in winter, for sure, so, we get a little extra sleep.

    It’s an overall win!

    #3760521
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Paul S – that is a beautiful campsite!

    #3760522
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    you can make a fire in the winter.Β  watch it when it gets dark.Β  a way to deal with shorter winter days

    as opposed to summers when they don’t let you build a fire anymore

    #3760575
    AK Granola
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    We aren’t even in winter yet, here in Fairbanks. Chilly rainy weather requires some planning though. A day hike needs a good thermos of hot tea! I’m hoping to maintain my fitness this year and not let it slide. A marathon last week and a half marathon next week will help. The hardest time is when it’s dark early, and I can’t get away at lunchtime. But there are always stairs…And when I can sneak away, there’s this.fall road

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    Mark Verber
    BPL Member

    @verber

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    For me, this is a great time in the sierras. Low crowds, no bugs, trees turning color, and generally no or limited snow. This will end for me in a month or two… I gave up hard core snow trips a few years ago.

    I still enjoy the winter though: Ventana Wilderness, Henry Coe, etc can be wonderful once the summer heat has passed.

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