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December 18, 2020
December 2020: A Note From Diane
Here in the northern hemisphere, short days and long cold nights plus the holiday season & pandemic make it a challenging time to slip away to enjoy and explore the trails that look so different this time of year.
This little newsletter shares some tips and hints on how to do winter hiking safely and in utmost comfort.
It’s also time for another unique giveaway! And lots more.
Here we go…
WINTER HIKING PREPARATIONIf you’re wondering how to get started, my tips will get you thinking. Both have fun little infographics!
Winter Hiking Tips
Backcountry is an online outdoor gear and clothing shop offering steep discounts and top brands for gearing up in winter.
But it’s more than that: it’s a source of reliable hiking information. Case in point to go along with our topic:
Winter Hiking Tips From Backcountry
To which I would add my own toe-y warmth tips:
How To Have Warm Feet For Winter Hiking
HFH GIVEAWAYReady to meet an addition to your backpacking and camping sleep system?
It’s called a Unightie, and you can win one of your very own this month if you have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.
BOOK REVIEW FOR YOU TO VIEWLast month we gave away a copy of Susan Alcorn’s latest book entitled Walk, Hike, Saunter: Seasoned Women Share Tales & Trails.
Cyndee G. in Kansas City MO was the winner!
Wondering what the secret sauce (seasoning pun, groan) is in the book? View my review:
REI RAISES THE BARREI has set new product standards that are a cut above anything else in the outdoor gear industry.
You would expect climate and sustainability initiatives, but here’s something different: attention to DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) concerns.
You can read the details in this pdf:
DON’T MISS YOUR 2021 FREEBIESThe National Park Service is offering 6 admission free days for 108 national parks, monuments, historic sites and nature preserves. Add these dates to your calendar right now so you can make plans:
• January 18 • April 17 • August 4 • August 25 • September 25 • November 11
If you’re planning some multiday U.S. adventures, take a look at the America the Beautiful pass to cover your entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges, national forest and grasslands, for up to 4 adults in your vehicle!
Veterans and senior citizens can purchase the pass at a discount.
Read my article for tips on how to use it to the utmost:
ADORNED, OR UNADORNED?I like my trails free of human decoration, but apparently this holiday season many folks disagree.
This article from the CBC explains the growing phenomenon of decorating hiking trails, and I mean really decorating them. See what you think!
HIKING RESOLUTIONSAre you making 2021 resolutions as a hiker?
I’ve decided on only one: to get more serious about hauling out the trash and detritus I find at backcountry campsites.
This resolution was inspired by women in our Over Forty Hiking community. They shared tips (with photos) to put together a lightweight “trash kit”.
I hope you’ll join me in resolving to not only Leave No Trace, but to Pack Out Unsightly Traces.
Full disclosure: I just made up that acronym (POUT) and while it’s not my finest work, you know what I mean :)
DECEMBER WISHESIf wishing made it so, I would shower you with wishes for peace, good health, and plentiful hiking adventures in the coming year.
Heck, I'm going to shower you anyway! You never know ;)
Thanks for being a hiker. The Earth needs our gentle, loving touch now more than ever, "pout"ing included.
Happy Trails to you today and into the New Year,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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