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

Remember To Take it All In

-Suzann L.  Backcountry Ambassador

Too often when I snowshoe I’m looking down to make sure I’m stepping where I’m supposed to be. So this excursion I decided to try to look around more at my surroundings and notice the little things (and big things!). We drove up to Jardine, Montana, which overlooks Yellowstone National Park and Read More

Why I Volunteer for the Romp

February 9, 2013, University of Minnesota Arboretum. Cloudy, windy, but not cold, in the 20’s. It felt colder, though, because it was damp and windy. Despite the dreary day, over 100 people showed up to walk in the woods and raise money for breast cancer research.

Lots of groups have costumes, lots of pink, tiaras, all Read More

Frozen Waterfalls

-Suzann

Backcountry Ambassador

Snowshoes – check. Snowpants – check. Warm clothes – check. I was mentally going over my packing list as I loaded the car with gear to set off into Hyalite Canyon near Bozeman, Montana. We weren’t sure what area we wanted to explore, but had a map of the area to choose from.

As we Read More