I was talking to digital editor Melissa Hart earlier this week about future projects, and one of the ideas we settled on was bolstering our web and social media content aimed at people who are new to outdoor activities and the Adirondack Park. I’m talking about topics such as essential gear and info that can aid with trip planning.
At the Explorer, we’ve always focused on this type of content, but now the demand seems even greater because of the continuing rise in new visitors to the Adirondack Park.
The timing to start rolling out this material is also good because this type of info is extremely important in the winter months, when the environment is less forgiving for outdoor users. If you have problems in the woods when it’s 85 degrees, things can get uncomfortable. However, if you get lost when it’s 15 degrees, things can get very serious quickly. So you better be prepared before heading out.
But before I get started, I’d like to hear from you – the reader. I’m curious what you consider essential winter gear or food in cold weather. Do you add a few items to your usual essentials? Perhaps a sleeping bag on day hikes or extra food and more high-calorie food? I’d like to hear your thoughts. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you’ll be packing for your trips in the near future or during snow season.
In the meantime, I’ll point you to a series of articles from past intern Zach Lawrence about cold-weather recreating and winter gear. The main one can be found here, and he also wrote stories about layering clothing and footwear.