Winter with Switchback

Winter Adventures

What are you doing this winter?

Snowy, cold months are my favorite times to hide under blankets, drink hot tea, and do basically as little as possible. I’m sure many of you agree.

But, the trend accompanying too much of said relaxing is also immense restlessness, even sadness, like I don’t notice during the heaviest biking and hiking months of the year.

This year I’m trying something a little different, I’m told it's borderline crazy, but for these purposes let's stick with different. What if instead of slowing down my biking, hiking, and backpacking habits, I kept them steadily up through the winter? That would definitely settle my restlessness and keep me physically fit, but wouldn't that make blankets and hot drinks that much more deserved as well? I think so.

I’m aware that many people already do what I want to do. And I’m also aware that many people want to do what I want to do but don’t yet. Here's a big shout out to all of you guys! Those who already know how to handle winter, teach us your ways. Those who are terrified of the cold, unequipped for ice, or frankly stuck in your endorphin lacking ways, listen in.

This year, through research, and learning from those around me, but even more so through experiencing as much winter as I can, I hope to defeat my fears of winter commuting and cold weather backpacking.  Like any sport, having the right gear and know how makes the intimidation of cold far less scary. Switchback is here to help cold people in Grand Rapids and hopefully make the process less worrisome.

Here are some of the ways we will be ready to equip my fellow snow bound friends:

    • Cold weather Apparel. We will be discussing layering techniques, what materials are good and bad, and so many more aspects of your winter wear.
    • Ice Protection! Studded tires, crampons, snow shoes, you get the idea. Dont slip.
    • Insulated water bottles to keep your water flowing.
    • Properly rated sleeping bags and pads.
  • Most importantly! We will be here to tell you our crazy stories and to hear yours. Whether you purchase from us or not, we want to be a source of education in our community.
  • So, you read this and think you may want to join me for some beautiful, snowy experiences? I thought you might say that. Keep an eye out for our next posting about winter apparel and as always, feel free to swing by Switchback if you have any questions.

    -Sam at Switchback Gear Exchange

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