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Winter is coming- now what?

Postby Npike » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:27 pm

Just curious where everyone here goes backpacking during the winter months? I assume many of you continue to take trips to the Sierra, but I also assume many of us don't have the knowledge/ gear/ experience to venture there during the winter. So just curious where some alternative spots are. Death Valley? Joshua tree? Spots in the Sierra that are pretty mild year round? I know the itch won't go away for me, so I'd like to plan severalweekend trips before the snow up north melts



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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby stevet » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:50 pm

Head to Arizona. Grand Canyon. Superstitions. Santa Catalinas. Saguaro. Mazatzal. Chiricahua. Santa Ritas. Maybe some cold, maybe some snow. But overall awesome hiking throughout the state all winter long.
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby maverick » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:19 pm

Since you reside in SoCal, hit the desserts, Joshua Tree, DV, and Mojave, you also have several NF north and east of you worth visiting.
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby cmon4day » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:26 pm

I get my skis out
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby Npike » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:32 pm

Arizona sounds like a good idea, never been to the Grand Canyon (I know, living so close and having never been there is a crime). Looking forward to exploring Death Valley a bit, need to do some reading on where to start!
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby SSSdave » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:09 pm

Winter is for snow skiing! Major, enormous, exciting FUN! I've already got this coming winter's season pass.

I've had winter snow camping gear for a couple decades though have not used it much and pretty much gave up on persuing that activity. Logistics are difficult, winter gear gets heavy, and bearing the cold at night gets old. Try holding up a book with your hands outside your sleeping bag for even an hour while temps are 10F degree! If I lived in the mountains I would pursue it.

Otherwise down south in the deserts there are lots of interesting places though November through January the night is boringly long long long. The notion of sleeping 13 to 14 hours during the endless night ain't going to happen so one needs to have an activity to fill the time. Latter February is the only winter month I would consider backpacking in our deserts as the dark period decreases and landscapes also starts to green up during wet winters.
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby mediauras » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:28 pm

Yes! Skiing! I hear the mountains may get a little dusting this weekend, my sticks are waxed and ready. :)
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:49 am

I just hike. Plenty of places to go. If there is snow, I hike with snowshoes on. If there is surf, my shoes get wet.
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby Beantown » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:59 am

splitboarding the east side! can't tell you how bad i want some winter!

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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby overheadx2 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:45 pm

I hiked the Grand Canyon last winter. Great time to go, no crowd and great weather. We went in early February and it got a little cold at night. Dec and late Feb early March seem to be ideal except for the long nights as reported before. A simple loop that i did with my wife is down South Kaibab to phantom ranch campground then up to Indian Gardens campground and out. lots of fun, no crowd and beautiful with snow capped rims.
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Re: Winter is coming- now what?

Postby k9mark » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:08 pm

...winter camping...
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