Adventuring in Every Season
Wed, 01/27/2021 - 08:00
Here in Montana we are spending more time cozied up indoors during the long Rocky Mountain winter. With snow a below-freezing temperatures outside, planning season is in full swing. With the snowy peaks on the horizon reminding us of all the Alpengirl trips just around the corner, this season of semi-hibernation fuels us outdoorsy folk.
In the Alpengirl office, these months create space for the imagination, outreach, planning, and research necessary to turn daydreams into experiences, and to flesh out an exciting idea into a full-blown itinerary. We spend hours pouring over trail maps, reading reports, and ironing out driving routes; welocate trailheads and guides, research and purchase tents and cooking gear; we try to imagine exactly how hungry we will be after, say, 5 miles of backpacking uphill, and what we might want to cook and eat after such a day. These are the elements of a well-planned expedition, and without this time, with hot tea at our elbows and temps dipping outside, our hours and days and weeks outside in the coming season could not be successful, enjoyable, and safe.
Winter may be a time of planning and preparation, especially here in the Alpengirl office, but it is also a season for adventure. A snowy hike here, a day of cross-country skiing there, ice skating in the park or rink... As we prepare logistically for all the activities of the upcoming season, physical preparation is important too, even if it can’t take the exact form that it does during the warmer months. So listen when those snowy mountains call: bundle up in a few layers, stick some hand warmers in your mittens, and let the thought of all those hot days of hiking ahead warm you as you venture out. We’ll see you out there!
By: Laura S. (aka “Cindy Lou Who”)