View Poll Results: How much hiking do you do in the winter?

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  • More than in the summer.

    33 37.93%
  • Same amount as in the summer.

    24 27.59%
  • Less than in the summer.

    26 29.89%
  • I hibernate.

    4 4.60%
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Thread: Bring on the cold!!

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    Senior Member Mongoose's Avatar
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    Bring on the cold!!

    How many people here love winter hiking? I can't get enough of it, for some reason I end up hiking more in the winter than in the summer. I find it so much more enjoyable. Now that the temps are dropping, I'm itching to get outside.

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    Bring on ski season!!!
    (oh, I'll do a little hiking, too)
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Edward Abbey

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    Laurie and I are Winter 46'ers and Winter 35'ers. Yeah, we hike a little in Winter!

    But seriously, winter does not have to slow you down.

    I recommend gradually getting used to it, picking up a little more gear here and there as you extend yourself into Winter, and into longer hikes. Don't do what I did, I was 'suckered' into climbing Algonquin/Wright for my first Winter hike ever! Think about that: Above treeline, well below 0, howling winds, poor gear, etc. Well, it turned out that I was hooked! But you can see where taking someone above treeline in the Winter for the first time can be a harrowing experience!
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    We have some very cold temps and snow snowers coming to the White this week, snow in the high peaks could stick around all winter, looks pretty cold far down the road. I cant wait!

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    I hope this winter makes up for the last one...

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    For the most part, Snowman and I are true summer/fall hikers and backpackers. In the "shoulder" months, we tend to do shorter hikes closer to home and run more. And in the winter, we xc ski! We might do a few snowshoe hikes to mix things up, but we figure there are only a few months we can be on our skis, so we try to make the most of it!

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    Too much other stuff to do in summer: family vacations, work around the house, etc.

    Winter is when lots of people just want to stay indoors (and out of our way ).

    Plus there's all that time off, like Christmas-New Years week, MLK, Prezzies Day. What's not to like?
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    Easy trails, nice days and comfort are good, too. - M. Townie

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    Why'd you quote *me* for your post, Tom? I've done *plenty* of winter hiking, camping, and backpacking!
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Edward Abbey

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    I ski with most of my winter time. Considering the last 3 winters in northern NH I'm hoping to have it get blasted this year because this might be the year I go for a 4K peak as opposed to just trampin' thru the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJ
    Why'd you quote *me* for your post, Tom? I've done *plenty* of winter hiking, camping, and backpacking!
    Sorry, I just hit the 'quote' button and forgot to delete you! I will delete you now, with pleasure!
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    I'm a recent convert to winter hiking - last winter was really my first time out there. I hike just as much in the winter but because I hike alone most of the time, I'm usually more "careful" about the routes I take. I dont do much elevation during the winter.

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    You can hike in summer too??
    Who knew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Townie
    Too much other stuff to do in summer: family vacations, work around the house, etc.

    Winter is when lots of people just want to stay indoors (and out of our way ).

    Plus there's all that time off, like Christmas-New Years week, MLK, Prezzies Day. What's not to like?

    I echo this exactly, except I add fly fishing in my 'other stuff to do' category as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KayakDan
    You can hike in summer too??
    Who knew?
    That's one of the best quotes I've GREEN, I mean seen, in a long time!
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    More but...

    I do more in the winter but only because I seem to have more time. And, I've never figured out why.....

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