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Articles by: Cameron Ownbey
With everyday warmth on the brain, staying warm on the trail and prepared for winter conditions should be too. Here are SBM’s top choices for winter boots when heading out in the cold weather this year.
Brooks Range has outdone themselves with this new offering for Summer 2014. I was a little afraid to take this featherweight (weighing in at barely four pounds) out in the late fall in the northwest. It rains a little out here.
Coyotes are generally timid animals — opportunists that feed on plants, small animals, carrion and garbage. They rarely attack unless protecting their young. But there has been an increase in coyote sightings in urban areas, a trend that could lead to more attacks, since they begin to lose fear of humans through close contact.
I’ve been using the Lakota 65 to haul my climbing gear and have caught myself marveling at how I ever managed without features like easy side access and the built-in rain cover. Not having to pack around a black garbage bag to throw over my pack just incase it rains, which here in the Pacific Northwest is more likely than not, of course has its perks but it is the bag’s overall comfort and efficient design that impressed me most.
I crammed the Zissou 15 into a container and poured three liters of water over it the night before my trip. I let it soak overnight – about seven hours. In the morning I pulled the bag out of the container and poured about a liter of water out of it, shook off the excess and crammed it into the stuff sack.
It was little quieter at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013 yesterday as vendors started packing up their tents and the PR teams boarded planes back to their respective corners of the country. But there were still friends to be found walking the floor and ready to share their passions, and still plenty of cool stuff to see.
The weather has to be your primary concern. With winter weather come hazards such as avalanches, deadly temperatures and whiteouts. Poor visibility can make getting lost much easier and harsh temperatures mean that losing your way can have extremely serious consequences. Be sure to check and then double-check the weather, storm systems, and avalanche danger alerts in the area your planning to explore.
I miss the external frame packs of yesteryear; the kind I humped up the trail back when I was in the Girl Scouts. So naturally, when the opportunity arose to try out the High Sierra Bobcat 65 external frame pack I couldn’t pass it up.