Banish teen angst! Go #snowshoeing.

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“Grumble all you want,” I told my kids. It’s gonna be a great day.” Here’s an account from the John Soltys’ recent family outing snowshoeing Mt. Rainier — with proof that even a teenager can have a good time with her family and admit she was wrong. Read More

Quality over Quantity

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Lyndon, Backcountry Ambassador

Looking back to the 2015-16 snowshoeing season, it could be easy for me to feel discouraged. When I sat down to write this entry, I intended to write about my disappointment, but the more I thought about what I’ve done over the last few months, the less and less disappointed I became.

Over the Read More

Snowshoe Card Chase

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Interested in a fresh idea on how to engage a large group of people during a snowshoe event? You’ll need a basic understanding of card poker and an interest in tromping around the woods to find the best hand. On a crisp sunny February day in the Wisconsin north woods we pulled 24 Read More

Finding Solitude Snowshoeing in the Backcountry

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Terry, Backcountry Ambassador

Last year when I applied for ambassadorship with Tubbs Snowshoes my application included a story on my solo trip of Mount Dickerman I had taken the year before. This trip was also the decisive factor in me applying for the Backcountry Ambassador.

Although I could easily fall into the criteria of Family, and Read More

What To Get Somebody Who Has It All?

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Shawn, Backcountry Ambassador

Recently I’ve been focusing on cutting out the superfluous stuff in my life and  focusing more on the things that bring me true happiness. A few things that really make me truly happy are friends, food, travel, my wife, and enjoying a beautiful view in the mountains. I mean you can’t Read More

Introducing Hikers to Snowshoeing

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Lyndon, Backcountry Ambassador

This past fall, a coworker and I introduced a few of our student workers to hiking. They started hiking with us as we were in the midst of training for Cactus to Clouds (C2C), which is regarded as one of the most difficult day hikes in America. They really hit the ground Read More

Enabler of Memories

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Up until Groundhog Day, February 2nd 2016, Minnesota has just been eeking by with enough snow to classify as winter. But today we’ve all been sent home early from work and after school events cancelled. That’s what a foot of oncoming snow will do for ya! Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring by Read More

El Nino and the Minnesota Snowshoeing Season

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Tim, Backcountry Ambassador

Minnesota has suffered a very slow start to winter for the second consecutive year. In good snow years our snow dancing brings measurable snow in early December, sometimes as early as Thanksgiving. Snowshoeing, along with other winter fun, is well underway way with a foot or more of snow.

For the 2015-2016 winter season Read More

Let’s do Some Science

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Shawn, Backcountry Ambassador

#Hikerchat, Friends, and Snowshoers…

Let’s do some science, put all the outdoor companies together in one place, stay somewhere like Salt Lake City, Utah, then add a mix of friends from all over the United States. Don’t worry; were almost done with this little science experiment. Now, work in a Saturday of Read More

Mammoth Lakes Basin

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Lyndon, Backcountry Ambassador

On day 2 of my snowshoeing trip in Mammoth Lakes CA (day 1 is posted here: Minaret Summit & Peak 10,242 Provisional), I decided to explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin. I had seen this area several times during the summer, but had never seen it in the winter. I was excited to see Read More