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The Ultimate Winter Backpacking Gear Setup

Winter backpacking is the bomb Trails are empty, campgrounds aren’t crowded, you don’t have to fight for backcountry permits, there are no bugs or snakes or bears or other things that you have to watch out for in warmer months, and you definitely don’t have to plan months in advance to make park or camping reservations. But it does require a bit more gear and preparation. So if you’re gonna hike, camp, or backpack in the winter, you definitely need to be ultra prepared. Fortunately, we gathered up a bunch of great winter-specific gear, took it into the backcountry, and put it to the test to see what worked and what didn’t. Here’s what we thought of ALL OF IT!

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4 Winter Hikes Near Salt Lake City

We love winter hiking and backpacking. Especially when we travel (maybe you saw our post on 4 winter hikes near Aspen?). So when we were in Utah this month, we hit the snowy trails. And because we want everyone to love playing outdoors in the show as much as we do, here are 4 epic winter hikes near Salt Lake City for your exploratory pleasure. So grab your traction devices and get moving already!

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4 Winter Hikes Near Aspen for People Who Don’t Ski

If you find yourself in Aspen or its surrounds during ski season, but downhill skiing isn’t really your thing, fear not! There are plenty of winter hikes near Aspen to keep you occupied. Just lace up those waterproof boots, grab some traction devices or snowshoes, and hit the snowy trails! You’ll get epic views, great photo ops, and have a great time on uncrowded paths that don’t require expensive lift tickets or waiting in long lines. Here are 5 winter hikes near Aspen, all within a 45 minute drive (give or take).

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The 3 Best Winter Hiking Boots [Synthetic and Vegan]

Winter is coming. (Sorry, I had to…) And that means it will soon be time to gird your feet in more insulated, protective shoes. (Permit me a moment of mourning as I put away my hiking sandals…) And that means it’s time to break out the winter hiking boots! But if you’re concerned with sustainability and/or are searching for warm vegan hiking boots, the pickings are slim to say the least. So we did some digging to find the best sustainable and vegan winter hiking boots on the market this season. These three are tops in our book!

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The Mountain Hardwear Outpost 2 Winter Backpacking Tent Can Do It All

Looking for a baller winter backpacking tent for all manner of cold-weather camping and backpacking adventures? We’ve got you covered with the Mountain Hardwear Outpost 2 tent, a rugged and spacious 4-season tent designed specifically for snowy adventures, but just as suitable for milder seasons. Don’t believe one tent can do it all? Read on to learn more.

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5 Synthetic and Sustainable Coats and Jackets: Winter Coats to Keep you Warm

We love winter here at Terradrift. Maybe because we don’t actually live in a part of the country with an actual winter (absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that), maybe because we’re still just kids at heart and never grew out of wanting to play in the snow…who knows? But one thing’s for sure: we don’t enjoy being cold. Especially me. I’m a tiny human with no built-in insulation and I get real cold real fast. The solution? Giant, puffy, sustainable coats and jackets to keep me cozy when the temps drop. Here are 5 awesome options.

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Hiking Spikes: What Kind of Traction Devices Do I Need for Winter Hiking?

Winter is a phenomenal time to get outdoors to explore. There are fewer people crowding trails, it’s quieter, the views are spectacular, and frankly, snow makes everything more magical. But if you don’t have the right gear, getting out to hike in snowy or icy conditions can seem scary. But it doesn’t have to! All you need are the right tools and gear to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground (literally). And that means hiking spikes. But if you’re wondering what kind of traction devices you need for winter hiking, we’ll break down the three main types, right here, right now.

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Want to Win Free Gear? Enter our Epic Winter Gear Giveaway

It’s a winter camping GIVEAWAY! And you’re not gonna want to miss this one, because we’re giving away more than $2,200 worth of winter camping gear for your next cold-weather adventure! You heard us right: $2,200 worth of outdoor gear from 12 top outdoor brands so you can get out there and enjoy the fourth season! Why? Because winter camping is awesome, but the gear required can be pretty specialized and cost a lot. And we don’t want that to stop you! So enter now for a chance to win.

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10+ of the Best Sustainable Gloves and Mittens for Winter Adventures

When it comes to staying warm during outdoor winter activities, protecting those digits is of the upmost importance. So we did some digging and found a whole slew of cozy, warm, sustainable gloves and mittens that are perfect for winter (and also happen to be vegan). So cover those fragile extremities and get out there and enjoy the season!

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Lake Placid Winter Activities – Outdoorsy Things to do in Lake Placid in the Winter

Many people who happen to be familiar with the Lake Placid region in New York think of it as a delightful summer destination (I mean, the lake says it all, am I right?). But those in the know know that it’s just as magical in the winter and provides a whole different experience. And it’s a rad experience. We recently spent some time playing in the snow in the area, so here’s our recommendations for all manner of Lake Placid winter activities so you can enjoy the fourth season.

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