For the longest time we kept our old four-season tent just in case we ever chose to do a winter season backpacking journey. We recently sold it, however that hasn’t stopped me from wanting to take a winter journey.
Why? Why would anybody want to go backpacking in the winter season? It’s cold! There are opportunities of blizzards or freezing to death! Well I expect that’s real, but …
1. Winter means silence and seclusion.
We currently like to knapsack because it gives you time to disconnect from the world and the people in it. During the summertime months, however, we might see a few people each day while backpacking. In the winter I have to envision that number drops to zero, or near to it. Snow appears to make whatever so quiet and still … I believe that being out in the wilderness in the middle of winter would be really peaceful and tranquil.
backpacking is a little heavier than
summer backpacking due to the fact that you require more layers of clothing, more food and immediate hot drinks, and just more cold-weather gear in general. Sure there are down sleeping bags that are fairly light, but I ‘d still need to take my heaviest long underclothing, stocking caps, heavier socks, etc. In addition to that, you ‘d either need to skin in on backcountry skis, or snowshoe. If the trail isn’t loaded, then that adds an entire other dimension to your journey. All of a sudden you aren’t just raising a path, you’re snowshoeing up a path with a foot of snow on it. This would certainly test my limitations as a hiker. 3. Cold weather +sunshine is heavenly. There is absolutely nothing like resting on the deck at
a ski resort on a warm day
. It’s 30 degrees out and I’m resting on a deck in simply a long sleeve shirt and ski trousers taking in every ray of sunlight I can. It’s remarkable. I envision that, in the backcountry, this experience would be amplified. Just me and the BF resting on a warm rock surrounded by snow and sun and wilderness … that seems like a remarkable experience! 4. Whatever looks various in winter. I ‘d love to trek a trail that I’ve been on numerous times, like the Middle Fork of the Cimarron
, simply so I might see how winter alters it. Do the waterfalls run at all or are they frozen? Are there icicles? What does Coxcomb Peak look like in the winter season? Are there elk out grazing or coyotes searching? Photo by: http://funkysafari.tumblr.com/post/14863415971/elk-bull-grazing-in-winter-wy-by-inga-spence!.?.!5. Simply picture the images! There’s beautiful scenery to be had on every backpacking journey, however I think of the landscapes and beauty of some locations, like Avalanche Lake, is amplified in the winter. To have a picture of that lake, frozen and surrounded by granite, would be priceless. I imagine meadows with
absolutely nothing but tiny rabbit tracks throughout them, creeks with little ice sculptures in them, and trees heavy with hoarfrost. I desire these pictures. One of my favorite winter season pictures I do not understand when we’ll ever take that journey. A ski hut trip may be the closest I get … and I would not mind that at all! I do believe, though, that a winter backpacking journey would be the supreme get-away. Especially if there were warm springs
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