Monday, February 14, 2011

Skiing + Hiking Expeditions

Combine skiing and hiking for a super X-Training experience! 

Skiing the slopes!
Get in some skiing while hiking the back country! Yes, it can be done. The best way to enjoy your ski or snowshoeing trip is to take a detour from the usual groomed trails.  We've included some basic gear to help you be safe, comfortable and able to face down emergencies one might encounter during your explorations in the snow.

Keep it Light
We use only one small back pack per person.  Rudy Project's Back Pack and Hydration Packs.  The Hydration Pack is a backpack with a built in removable hydration system.  This means one person can leave their water bottle back at camp.  Hydration packs also allow you to drink while on the move which is very important for cross country skiers or snowshoe excursions.  Both back packs are very light, comfortable and come with multiple zippered pouches and pockets.

Watch Your Step
If you are snowshoeing, most of them have built in crampons to allow you to grip the snow and ice.  All the same you should still keep a pair of crampons with you in case you have to portage through an area which is too steep or narrow for snowshoes.  Kahtoola MICROspikes performed extremely well on the hard, iced over snow we encountered in the mountains.

Be Prepared for Emergencies
Adventure Medical Kit .3
Even medical kits are light and easy to pack these days thanks to Adventure Medical Kits.  Our little Medical Kit .3 kit holds enough supplies for one person: 2 bandages with butterfly closure, 1 roll tape 1/2 inch x 10 yards, 2 knuckle bandages, 4 fabric bandages and dressing gauze.  2 Triple Antibiotic Ointments, single use, 3 antiseptic wipes.  Medication: Ibuprofen, antihistamine plus 11 moleskin, 2 alcohol swab, safety pins and tweezers. This kit is ultralight and waterproof so it goes with us on all outdoor excursions!

Smartwool socks and baselayers are our favorites!

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