EDITOR’S NOTE 12/20: The gist of this article is travel – the safety of which is questionable right now, given the current and uncertain trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic. That said, we are dreamers and optimists at heart and we trust there will be brighter days ahead. In the meantime, read on to make some great future plans. As always, please do what’s best for you and those around you by follow current guidelines for travel from the CDC, state and local authorities. Not everyone embraces the onset of winter. If you’re hardcore about warmer weather outdoor pursuits, from hiking, biking, trail running and climbing to paddling, there are parts of the western U.S. that offer respite from the polar vortex. Whether you’re looking to escape the snow entirely or just avoid hauling extra gear, the following places feature exceptional- and diverse- terrain…
400 miles up one of the Northwest’s most striking coastlines.
Dry-trail season is just around the corner.
Gravity filtration, plus a small trail filter and a water storage bag. What more do you need?
Experience the Range of Light in all its glory.
Want your trusty WhisperLite stove to work for years to come? Our technicians can help.
Where is the snow on the PCT and CDT? And how do you conquer it?
Three hot meals to warm you up while winter hiking.
Ready to stop buying freeze-dried meals? Here’s how to prep your own easy, delicious and high-fuel backpacking meals.