First Time…. snowshoeing in Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps

Up on Grindelwald First, the Jungfrau Massif over the valley

The snow covered main street into Grindelwald

The Schwarzhorn peak above Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps is a great place for snowshoeing. Grindelwald itself is a short train ride from Interlaken which is major destination for … Continue reading

Winter on the South Hams

South Hams view

You’re only a short distance north and east of Plymouth, yet the city is easily forgotten when you venture out on the South Hams. There’s a strong feeling of intimacy in the surrounding valleys and woodlands, and being at one … Continue reading

Cross-Training on Acadia National Park’s Carriage Paths

Enjoying Maine's scenery in a horse-drawn carriage, courtesy of friendsofacadia.org.

In 1913, when John D. Rockefeller, a summer resident of Mt. Desert Island, began planning the 57-mile network of gravel paths for horse-drawn carriages, he could not have envisioned that thousands of cyclists would come to use the same network … Continue reading

Secret Snowshoe Summits of the Alps: Punta della Croce, Italy

Enjoying pristine snow above the Lago d’Arpy.

There are honeypot locations in the Alps, where it’s hard to avoid other people snowshoeing, and then there are other regions where you’ll struggle to find anyone else all day long. Some of this comes down to how much marketing … Continue reading

Five Winter Activities in Seeley Lake, Montana

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Nestled into a valley between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges in western Montana, Seeley Lake is one of the more scenic spots in a spectacular state. The Mission Mountain Wilderness is on one side, the Bob Marshall Wilderness on … Continue reading

Unforgettable Otaki, Hokkaido

Otaki Hotel Grounds

Otaki Hotel Grounds

The icy two-lane road toward Otaki is surrounded by woods with an occasional deer browsing on brush poking above the snow level. Countless street signs announced waterfalls, park lands, and many other natural attractions. We passed by … Continue reading

The Trails of Down East Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula: Hiker Paradise

Maine's coastline provides dramatic surf

When the glaciers of the last ice age retreated, they left a ragged coastline of what is now the state of Maine in America’s farthest northeastern reach. So rough is this resulting geological feature, that the Maine coast measures second … Continue reading

Snowshoeing at 28 Below Zero (Fahrenheit)

Nicole and Delaney pull two of three sleds in our expedition party.

Really, it can be enjoyable!

We had booked our reservation at the High Lonesome Hut (www.lonesomehut.com) in Fraser, CO to spend New Year’s Eve in the backcountry.  The High Lonesome Hut is a self-contained cabin 2.5 miles from the trailhead … Continue reading

Canyon Hiking and Snowshoeing in the Northern Canadian Rockies

Exploring Jasper National Park in the Northern Canadian Rockies

Living in Southern Alberta, I tend to spend most of my weekends in nearby Banff National Park or Kananaskis Country. Every February though we get a long weekend to celebrate a local holiday known as “Family Day” and I seize … Continue reading

Beaver Creek’s Backcountry: McCoy Park is a powder playground for snowshoers

McCoy Park snowshoeing is a beautiful mountain adventure. Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.

On an early winter morning in Beaver Creek’s McCoy Park, the only sound to break through the crisp air is the crunching of snowshoes on unbroken trail. In every direction, snow crystals glisten beneath the Colorado sunshine, sparkling on … Continue reading

Snowshoeing, Snow camping and Snowstorms

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Eighteen college students and I were scheduled to take our winter snowshoeing and snow camping fieldtrip in northern Wisconsin on an early December weekday. It was over an hour drive to our destination.

I carefully watched the weather report several … Continue reading

Outdoor Enthusiasts Unite! An Epic Oregon Experience

Mt. Hood in the background

Visiting Oregon whether it be the winter or summer is an unbelievable experience; from the breathtaking landscapes to the friendly people to the incredible weather; one really can’t go wrong. When I planned on doing some serious snowshoeing in Oregon, … Continue reading