Canadian Quinzee

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Not an ordinary Valentine’s Day, trekking off into the frozen backcountry, leaving my special someone at home with a heartfelt card and promises to be fulfilled post trip. Admittedly it was error on my part in planning last November and one that is not likely to be repeated again anytime soon.

We absolutely hit the weather Read More

It’s about the People

It was a perfect day – for sooo many reasons! It was winter. The air was brisk. There was an abundance of snow. The sun came out. Friends gathered. We played on snowshoes! New friendships were formed. We shared a meal and some wine. We gazed at the stars beside a bonfire. We talked and Read More

It’s Like a Dream

Porcupine Mountain State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a must see destination for snow lovers no matter where may they reside. I’ve been to almost every yurt in the park in winter, which incidentally will accommodate only four backcountry enthusiasts. Since there has been overwhelming interest from friends and family this year we opted Read More

Snowshoeing at the Top of Poland

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Tatra Mountains are a small range, part of the Carpathians, situated at the very southern tip of Poland and separating the country form the neighboring Slovakia. They are geologically young mountains, covering an area of 303 sq miles with the tallest peak Gerlach at 2655 meters (8710 ft) above sea level. Winter usually brings abundant Read More

Looking for Snow in Methow Valley

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This year’s winter has not been generous to us so far. In many parts of the world there are severe snow shortages. Pacific Northwest has not been spared. Not only that the ski resorts are not fully operational, there is very little snow in the backcountry. I just returned from Europe, where the conditions were Read More

Winter High

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Many have said that the adventure and excitement of a backcountry trip starts well before the team hits the trailhead. Given that our first outing of the 2014 season to Eagle Mountain, MN was scheduled in late December 2013, a full 3 weeks after sufficient snowfall, I would agree! I slept in the back yard Read More

Q & A with Tim

Name: Tim T

Where did you grow up? Green Bay, WI, yes a Packer Fan!

Where do you live now? Lino Lakes, MN just north of the Twin Cities

3 things we should know about you?

-I lived in Dallas for a few years but moved back to the mid-west for the seasons, primarily missed winter.

-On my first winter Read More

Q & A with Maciej

Name: Maciej M

Where did you grow up? Tatra Mountains, Poland, town of Zakopane

Where do you live now? Seattle, WA

3 things we should know about you?  Avid skier, cook and baker, green thumbs

When did you first try snowshoeing?  About 7 years ago

Favorite beverage while snowshoeing? Hot tea with raspberry juice

Favorite snack while on the trails? Nuts

What Read More

International Adventure

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-Maciej M.

Backcountry Ambassador

It was 4:30 in the morning. I woke up with great anticipation. It was still dark outside but I was itching to start my adventure. I was going to see Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) today! Located in the Southern Tirol, these magnificent peaks, so called because of their unique appearance are Read More

Wolves?

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-Tim T.

Backcountry Ambassador

One of the most memorable winter backpack/snowshoe trips was in the forests of northern Wisconsin. It was just two of us and we went off trail. After an hour or so we came up over a ridge that overlooked a lake. We noticed a cabin nestled in the pines. Curiosity, coupled with nothing Read More