Backcountry Bliss

Fall’s cool. The colors are out (which I saw yesterday during a fine drive up the Hudson Valley) and it starts to
get crisp and cold. But it does sometimes seem like fall is a kind of “in between” season. In between the glorious
outdoor shorts-and-t-shirt joy of summer and the strap-on-the-skis and rent a cabin in the mountains of winter. And so
I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do this year when winter rolls around.
This back-country guide from Away.com is a very
nice little primer to get you fired up. It’s got some bits on telemark basics, planning, prep, as well as avalanche
safety. There are also some fine links to hotspots throughout North America.
The rec for the East Coast is
Tuckerman’s Ravine in New Hampsire, which I have not yet done, but might
just add it to my winter’s planning.