Mid-winter Outdoor Getaway

I love winter – I really do. But I also love taking a week or so off in February to refresh my passion for the season; knowing without a doubt that all of the winter outdoor activities – from skiing to ice climbing  to snowshoeing – will still be there when I get back.

One year we headed to the Gulf Islands off the West Coast, where the highlight was hiking with no snow in sight. The next year we flew to Mexico for a little ruin climbing, snorkelling, and cave diving – for the divers in our family.

Stair-climbing in the great outdoors. Photo: M.Kopp

This year it’s Texas – West Texas to be precise. We’re packing all of our camping gear – tent, tarp, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, stove (picking up fuel on arrival), headlamps, backcountry pots, bowls, and utensils – and hiking gear, and will be spending President’s Day in Big Bend National Park. Yes, we’ll be getting outdoors in America!

Tips for planning a mid-winter outdoor getaway:

  • Check the extended forecast for your proposed destination – looking at high 70’s to low 80’s!
  • Do your research to make sure everything is open and running in the off season – yup, canoeing the Rio Grande is still a grand option.
  • Use a checklist to make sure you pack all the necessary gear – check, check, check.
  • Keep it simple and pack light – three carry-on packs, one checked duffle bag, done.

What are your plans for this long weekend?  Are you getting away for a mid-winter outdoor break?

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