A backpacker’s attitude toward winter is personal, too. Do you embrace the fourth season? Change sports? Or do you hibernate during the dark months?
Here’s some advice I learned from one of my other favorites pulls—rock climbing. There’s a saying in climbing that reads almost like a zen koan: “The more you can climb, the more you can climb.” Unpacked a little, it means that as you get stronger and more experienced you can climb harder routes. And if you can climb harder routes, you have more routes at your disposal. With more routes at your disposal, well, the more you can climb.
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Light in the Darkness
In winter, as the nights stretch and daylight disappears, there’s a certain beauty to be found in the darkness.
Off-Season Tempo Training
During the winter, focused training can help ensure your next hiking season will be even better than the last—and help snowsport performance, too. Tempo training allows you to zero in on issues like shaking quads on descents, sore glutes after ascents, or tender calf muscles. Complete the following workout once or twice a week.
Standing at the Edge
A winter trip through Crater Lake National Park nets a once-in-a-lifetime photo.
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Emerging from Darkness
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The Haunting Of The Backpacker Murderer
One year since killer Ivan Milat’s death, the horrors of the past continue to torture the families of his victims