90 Second Escape: GetBackpacking! in winter on the Appalachian Trail

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: GetBackpacking! in Winter on the Appalachian Trail.

Mountain weather is a game of chance, the stakes elevated in winter. In the case of backpacking, it’s a matter of hoping that the forecast for snow comes through — to some extent. An inch or two covering the land, throwing a blanket of quiet over your world is the ideal. Much more than that and you begin confronting a series of potential problems, from simply being able to follow the trail (especially when an icy coat sticks to trees, obscuring blazes) to being able to trudge through a deep, heavy snow.

This weekend, our GetBackpacking! group lucked out with snow on the light side. Not even an inch, but oh what a glorious portrait it painted on the 20.7 miles of Appalachian Trail between Max Patch and Hot Springs, N.C.

Here’s 90 Seconds of our wintery weekend. Brew a cup of tea and enjoy.

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