What outdoor activities do you do in winter when the water ices over?
It isn't a concern here in eastern NC, but considering a trip North in January.
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Posted by: glendorado on Dec-05-13 9:49 AM (EST)
Here in MN, I snowshoe, winter camp (went camping last weekend-temps in the 20's), ice fish, snowmobile-whatever gets me out of the house so I don't have to look at my kayak just sitting there.
Posted by: davbart on Dec-06-13 10:10 PM (EST)
where I could rent winter gear for a winter camping trip?
Snowshoe hike ski|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-05-13 9:58 AM (EST)
paddle. Actually more choices in winter than summer.
Outside in the winter..................|
Posted by: thebob.com on Dec-05-13 10:03 AM (EST)
There is no doubt that winter weather curtails some of the activities I like to do; especially canoeing.
Posted by: vic on Dec-05-13 1:11 PM (EST)
Depends where up north you mean|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-05-13 2:43 PM (EST)
I don't miss snow at all, but there was some beautiful hushed-foresty-twisty-hilly x-c skiing in central and western Massachusetts and rural parts of Vermont and New Hampshire. I took up the sport to make lemonade out of lemons. Without lemons around, I don't miss the lemonade, but if you haven't tried it, head for the hills and rent some equipment. Could be your new lifetime sport.
Posted by: jonsprag1 on Dec-06-13 9:18 PM (EST)
I have about moving to NOVA/tidewater va is there is no opportunity to x-county ski around here like there was in central and northern Maine where I used to live.
You can't xc in Maine now|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-06-13 9:30 PM (EST)
you have much better chances in MN or Missouri or Arkansas.
Longer non-drysuit season is a plus|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-08-13 1:57 PM (EST)
I got a shorter one when we moved to western WA, but the paddling season is now dictated only by my own tolerance for cold, not water hardness. What I miss is very different: doing a long session of roll practice in hot weather wearing only a neoprene vest or shorty 2mm suit, and *never feeling cold*.
Posted by: davbart on Dec-06-13 10:09 PM (EST)
I'll be there the last week of December, and hope to enjoy some XC and snowshoeing.
More than a few pamphlets around that|
Posted by: bigspencer on Dec-10-13 8:26 PM (EST)
Posted by: slushpaddler on Dec-05-13 4:04 PM (EST)
Pretty much the same|
Posted by: magooch on Dec-08-13 11:12 AM (EST)
I do about the same year round, but maybe not as much and it does require dressing a bit different. For instance, yesterday I had to put on a couple of layers to go bike riding, but my toes still got cold. I don't like paddling when the temp is below about 40.
its been very warm in the Northeast|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-08-13 11:26 AM (EST)
and scarcely any snow has fallen.
It isn't that simple|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-08-13 12:58 PM (EST)
The data are there. You can actually look at long-term average temperature information for 100s of locations around the world, and it was such information that showed a warming trend more than 40 years ago, a trend that has done nothing but get steeper in the years since. Local fluctuations will always be there, but that misses the point because it's not the relatively small increase in overall average temperature, in and of itself, that is cause for concern. For example, one thing that's been predicted as a result of this "global average" increase in temperature is a greater frequency of severe storms. I'm not smart enough to understand how such things work, but paying any attention to the news makes it seem like this is happening. The same goes for other likely negative affects of warming - they are, and will be, the end result of complex, interacting factors, ultimately the result of changes to heat-driven air-flow patters around the globe.
I have two editions of a bird field guid|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-08-13 2:21 PM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-08-13 5:32 PM (EST)
Another that I can think of is the American opossum. The opossum was originally a southern animal and never occurred in the more northern parts of Wisconsin. Over the last 30 years or so, biologists have noticed that it is moving farther north in the state, with the overall range extension experiencing setbacks whenever there's a cold winter (of the type that was once a lot more common than now). The animal simply can't survive cold winters, but the overall trend is that its range continues to expand northward.
Posted by: PJC on Dec-08-13 6:21 PM (EST)
Posted by: magooch on Dec-09-13 10:53 AM (EST)
If we have a week-long heat wave, the "Warmers" have no problem at all touting how it's all coming true. Better yet, if there is a severe snow storm, they'll blame that on global warming too, so why not?
What's different now is...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Dec-09-13 12:23 PM (EST)
... that first, the rate of change is greater than we have evidence has ever occurred before, and second, it is very tightly correlated with atmospheric CO2 levels. Now, you can choose to believe that this won't be a problem for future generations, but you can't logically deny that it is occurring. Like PJC mentioned, the steady shrinkage of the polar ice caps is as good an indicator to any layman as one could find.
Posted by: Djo on Dec-08-13 2:13 PM (EST)
Five degrees below zero out. No snow. Bunch of up took boats out yesterday but could not find liquid water. The drought-shrunken rivers were frozen solid. Even below the dams. I guess we could go biking on the iced over roads and trails. I hate to think that I will get desperate enough to go ice fishing.
NH in December|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Dec-08-13 4:31 PM (EST)
Skiing/snowshoeing might happen. Might not. Plenty of groomed trail places you can rent gear and enjoy IF there's snow. Quite a few PNetters up here who might have gear to lend as well.
Snow and snowshoeing|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-09-13 11:40 AM (EST)
We haven't had the steady snow that makes it easy to go almost out your front door and snowshoe or ski the last couple of winters. But starting around the Capital District in NY the snow has often been there if you are willing to drive half an hour to one of the area parks that is at some elevation. Old and icy snow yes, but it is still a day outside.
Posted by: glendorado on Dec-09-13 3:29 PM (EST)
are you looking for an outfitter in MN? If so, depends which area of the state you want to go. There's a bunch by Ely, MN. Also some in the twin cities area. Guess it's all in where you want to go. Wilderness, or more traveled areas. Once you narrow it down, I can suggest a few outfitters for snowshoes, XC skis. Wilderness- go up to Ely area. More traveled trails & such-kathio state park, Rum River state park, Sherburne wildlife refuge (all within 30 miles of where I live)
Kayaking is still on...|
Posted by: Alpinbogen on Dec-09-13 5:55 PM (EST)
...provided the water isn't frozen. In between, there's hunting with longbows and flintlocks, alpine snowboarding, cross-country skiing when we have enough natural snow, and day hikes. I plan to get in some winter hammock camping and may start another kayak build in a couple of months.
I'll be in Minnesota|
Posted by: davbart on Dec-10-13 6:33 AM (EST)
in late March, is that too late for winter camping? I wouldn't mind heading up to Ely. I've been there in the summer, and I bet it is beautiful covered in snow.
Posted by: glendorado on Dec-10-13 7:47 AM (EST)
can go either way. 2 years ago I was kayaking in mid March. This year, ice out wasn't till April. Usually,northern MN still has lots of snow thru end of March with temps in the 30's or better-perfect for winter camping, snowshoe. Hit me up with a PM. I have a few favorite spots. Always looking for others to do stuff with. Early spring = kayaking instead though (I have a couple extra boats)
By the way|
Posted by: glendorado on Dec-10-13 7:54 AM (EST)
There's no shortage of outfitters if you need to rent snowshoes & other gear. http://www.bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=outfitting.outfitters
Check the name!|
Posted by: radskierman on Dec-10-13 7:26 PM (EST)
I downhill ski EVERY Saturday and Sunday and whenever my daughter gets a snow day off from school. Cross country and snowshoeing are too much like work! LOL! And not nearly enough adrenalin!
Come to the Whites|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-10-13 7:30 PM (EST)
and try backcountry skiing. Cross country. Vertical drop some 4000 feet on the Wildcat Ridge trail. With its hairpin turns and inconvenient trees and nada grooming you can have a pretty good rush.
Been to Cannon, and loved it!|
Posted by: radskierman on Dec-11-13 7:02 AM (EST)
And one of my favorite views in all of skiing. But I never tried telemark, and I'm afraid these 59 year old knees with 3 surgeries on them aren't gonna be taking it up anytime soon. LOL! I do regret not getting into telemark when I was younger. I'm sure it would more than satisfy my adrenaline craving! LOL! BTW... HATED Loon. What a cluster f**K that place was.
Posted by: poleplant on Dec-11-13 1:13 PM (EST)
I put the boat away and get out to ski in the woods and some lift-served. Been tele-ing for 10yrs. and it really isin't that hard. If I can do it anyone can.