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Winter Camping 101

Winter Camping 101

Alpine camping or winter camping is a great activity for outdoor enthusiasts. In my opinion it can be more comfortable than camping in summer, as you can always bundle up more whereas in the summer there is not much you can do about a muggy tent. My aim with this article is to give an introduction to the basics of winter/alpine camping to set yourself up for a safe and fun experience. Much of your preparation will depend on the trip itself, as proximity to a car or civilization in general will determine how light you can pack and how...

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10 Winter Activities You Can Do Right Now

Winter can feel really long—especially after you’ve been cooped up for a few months with a few more months looming ahead of you. Here are some ideas for getting outside and having a good time! 1. Try a new winter sport This is a huge category, but it includes ice skating, ice fishing, downhill skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc. Many state and county parks have cross country skis and snowshoes available for rent if you don’t already own the gear—it’s a great way to try an activity without the need for a large investment.  For ice skates, try renting them from a...

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Getting Started in Mountaineering

It's pretty simple to get started in mountaineering, but buyer beware; it requires a lot of time to obtain the knowledge to climb the peaks you see on TV or on your desktop background. For most people in the US, mountaineering can start with simple hiking trails and move up to hiking 14ers such as those located in Colorado (peaks above 14,000 feet of elevation).  Learning the class breakdown... Non-glacier climbs are rated by difficulty of the route from class 1 - class 5.15d.  The break down for each of these classes follows below. Beginner Classes: Class 1 is hiking up a well...

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Getting Started in Rock Climbing

I spent years watching people at our college climbing wall, wanting to join in but holding back for fear of not fitting in/not knowing what I was doing/having people watch me do something I would probably be bad at. I would have started sooner if I could have done it without an audience—but if you’ve ever been to a climbing gym, you know that a constant crowd is a reality. I finally worked up the courage to start climbing the summer after my junior year and fell in love. The crowd I had assumed to be judgmental and clique-y was open...

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