Introducing Hikers to Snowshoeing


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


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



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


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


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

What to know before you go: staying avalanche safe in the backcountry


Landon, Backcountry Ambassador

Snowshoeing is a growing sport with more and more taking part in the fun each year. However, with the increase in people enjoying the backcountry on skis, splitboards, snowboards or snowshoes there comes a greater risk of backcountry accidents, especially when it comes to avalanches. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes Read More

Minaret Summit & Peak 10,242 Provisional

An amazing view of The Minarets (left), as well as Ritter and Banner Peak (center).

Lyndon, Backcountry Ambassador

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loathed long car rides; the sitting still… the boredom… the inevitable car sickness that comes if I try to do anything but keep my eyes on the horizon. At times, the drawbacks of a long car ride have been enough to keep me close to home. Read More

7 Alternative uses for snowshoes that you haven’t thought of

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Shawn, Day Hiking Ambassador

You all know snowshoes and poles are made to go on your feet and stabilize as wander around the mountains in the snow. What you didn’t know is they have some fantastic alternative uses as well. Now remember each person’s interaction with snowshoes can be very different so keep an open mind Read More

Christmas in October


Lyndon, Backcountry Ambassador

In years past, my wife has told me that I become the Grinch around the holidays. For most, the holiday season means good food and family time. While I enjoy the food and seeing my family, the holiday season has also meant the end of hiking season and all of the things that Read More

As Winter brings a whole new world of beauty


Landon, Backcountry Ambassador

The days are getting shorter, the air is turning crisp and cool with a chilly afternoon breeze, the leaves have gone from green to all hues of reds, oranges and yellows and now, for the most part have fallen from their perches to cover the mountain trails; it is the Read More