I am not from Oregon. As a matter of fact, Portland is roughly the 20th US city that I’ve lived in. In my previous career I was an information technology specialist. While living in Florida I accepted a position in Vancouver, Washington. A driving force behind this decision was the fact that I had yet to live in the Northwest. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but as a wanderer, I wanted to check the area off my list.
In recent years the sport of backcountry skiing has grown substantially in popularity, and not just in the state of Colorado—the setting of our new book, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains—but nationwide. Continual advancements and developments in alpine touring (AT) gear, along with a growing wealth of information related to the sport on the Internet, has created a perfect platform for those seeking an experience above and beyond resort skiing to find the thrill of backcountry.
For this year’s holiday gear gift guide, Gear Guy called some of the nation’s top independent outdoor retailers to find out what their favorite items are this season. Here are their picks. Happy outdoor holidays!
In the summer of 2001, Joe Marshall, a resident of Guilford, Conn., went to visit his daughter and her family in Rhode Island, where his grandchildren often enjoyed riding their bikes on a trail built along a defunct rail line. He was struck with an idea: Joe’s beloved Connecticut shoreline had a lot to offer, but there was something missing. With area roads becoming increasingly dangerous for biking, walking, and running, why didn’t a trail like this exist in our community?
After testing the concept with friends, Joe and a small group banded together and presented a plan to local officials and the residents of four towns along the shore (Madison, Guilford, Branford, and East Haven). The goal? To build a 25-mile trail for walkers, runners, and cyclists extending from Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison to Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven.
Everyone gets hungry while out on the trail. Thankfully, here are three scrumptious meals for you to try, courtesy of Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’, by Tim and Christine Conners, along with some great information to know about trail cooking safety. Simply download or print the files below and get a-cookin’.