Falling Into Winter: Backpacking in November, Part I

It started off like most camping trips: talk of gear and schedules, repeated trips to REI, and sugar plums dancing through our heads.  We had 4 guys, gear, and a plan.  Originally, we had picked a section of the Superior Hiking Trail for this trip, but the deer hunting opener was the same weekend as … More Falling Into Winter: Backpacking in November, Part I

Late Winter Commuting: More with Schwalbe Marathon Winters

Late winter has arrived in the Twin Cities.  For bike commuting, this means a mix of all conditions.  The morning ride was a pleasant 24 degrees, and the evening return felt spring-like at 35 degrees.  The freeze and thaw cycles create the full spectrum of challenging winter road conditions: glare ice, inches of powder, re-frozen … More Late Winter Commuting: More with Schwalbe Marathon Winters