What Did Snowshoes Look Like in the Northern Colonies of New France?
The French colonial officers, troupes de marine, and missionaries residing in the northern colonies of Nouvelle-France were the first Europeans to add indigenous snowshoes to their inventory … Continue reading “Snowshoes in New France / Les raquettes en Nouvelle-France”
Are you a Southern New England or Hudson Valley based runner? Give snowshoe racing a go this winter!
Carrying some weight on your belly or your back and headed out into the powder? Then go big with your snowshoe choice.
A more rugged alternative to Yaktrax for runners and casual users, and a direct competitor to MICROspikes for hikers and trekking.
Defining El Nino, along with a region by region rundown and what the phenomenon means for snowfall during North American winters.
A waterproof/breathable layer, 200g of insulation, and a roomy design make the Revel II a winner for cool to cold days on and off trail.
Affordable winter and mud season gaiters that touch all the bases.
FITS Ultra Heavy Expedition Rugged Boot Socks deliver merino warmth and moisture management courtesy of made in America workmanship.
The stretchy, breathable Nano-Air pieces are purpose-built for stop-and-go winter activities like climbing and breaking trail.
Lightweight natural and synthetic fabrics provide moisture wicking comfort while helping keep windburn at bay.
Salewa's Snow Trainer is a great choice for snowshoers and winter trekkers in search of a low profile, lightly insulated boot.
This out of bounds ski pack also works nicely as a half day snowshoe and winter trekking backpack.
Whether you're running snowshoe races or kicking steps above treeline, gaiters are must-have kit. Here are the design features that matter.
A pullover made of rugged and wind resistant Cordura reinforced Supplex ripstop nylon and incorporating adjustable manual ventilation.
"Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." - Ed Viesturs
On January 21, 1757, a French and Indian unit got the drop on Robert Rogers and his rangers.
Mountainsmith has refined its classic lumbar pack + strappette combination for the 21st century.
The San Diego-based company Jandd Mountaineering is well-known to cyclists for their high quality seat packs and panniers. Jandd makes some nice backpacks, as well, and their Mogen model is worth a look from any snowshoer in the market for … Continue reading “Gear Review: Jandd Mogen Backpack”
Lightweight day hike and urban backpack
Granite Gear’s new Athabasca 24 is envisioned as a lightweight, dual use pack. It functions as a commuter bag during the work/school week, with the sleeve in the main compartment holding your laptop and … Continue reading “Gear Review: Granite Gear Athabasca 24”
This feature-rich back- and side-country ski pack includes a convenient front carry option for strapping down snowshoes.
The 2013 tactical version of the HAWG works well as a half day winter pack.
Sherpa, Snocraft, and other and other snowshoe makers from the recent and not so recent past.
A late winter snowstorm in Western Massachusetts gave me the chance to try out my new Faber hybrid snowshoes.
Traditional snowshoes still have their place, and one of those places is in heavy, wet snow.
17 February 2013 – My trip up the Thunderbolt
Last Saturday I made a snowshoe trip up and back down the Thunderbolt Trail, a Depression era ski piste located on Mount Greylock near my residence in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Thiel … Continue reading “Snowshoeing the Thunderbolt Ski Run”
The malaise which infects the American public during the month of February is so strong that sports magazines attempt to gin up their sales with photos of underfed models. But surely there are more productive ways to while away … Continue reading “February Fillers – Wash, Organize, Sharpen and Revive”
On 23 February 2013 the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club held its annual Moby Dick snowshoe race at Mount Greylock State Reservation.
SNOWSHOEING BEARTOWN SF AND HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGES
Berkshire County had seen a clipper-rich but winter storm-poor snow season prior to Friday, with two late December storms contributing a snowpack which disappeared during a freakishly warm late January thaw + rain … Continue reading “Post-Nemo Snowplay”
Are there really dozens of words for "snow" in Inuit and Yupik? Depends on how you define "word." Does it even matter? Depends on who you ask.
The Taconic Mountains of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont are rarely distinguished from the neighboring Litchfield Hills/Berkshire Hills/Green Mountains system to their east. A number of specialist articles exist regarding the complex geological history of the Taconics, but no … Continue reading “Know Your Mountains: The Southern Taconics”
SAD is linked to the shorter day length and less intense light of winter. Can winter sports help roll back the symptoms?
RailRiders Winter Weatherpants
Winter in southern New England is typically cold and blustery rather than truly frigid. Breaking trail through a foot of early winter powder quickly overwhelms the breathability of trousers with a waterproof/breathable layer (such as Gore-Tex) and … Continue reading “Combined Gear Review: RailRiders Winter Weatherpants & Bison Designs Last Chance Heavy Duty Belt”
A round up of features to look for when shopping for a new pack for your days in the hills on snowshoes or skis.
Selecting a pack for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing
The modern outdoor goods market leaves us with … Continue reading “Choosing a Backpack for Your Snowshoe and Backcountry Skiing Needs”
Salty winter trekkers know to hope for the best but to plan for the worst.
A rundown of snowshoe frame shapes and design features, and how they combine into conventionally named styles.
How to prep your wood frame and babiche snowshoes before the season begins, and how to put them to bed once it ends.
A merino wool baselayer and non-insulated nylon outer layer set-up maintains breathability and wind resistance while minimizing overheating.