Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Camping

Do pack a sharp axe and saw. Having a sharp high quality axe and saw makes a big difference when cutting frozen wood. Having enough wood is very important, this is your primary heat source and you do not want to be running out. Do pack plenty of extra layers. Extra hats, mittens, base layers and socks are going to make a big difference. As you get hot and begin to sweat or your clothing gets wet from snow it is important to take off these wet items and change into dry items. Nothing will bring on hypothermia quicker than wet clothing items. Don’t bring in food items that are going to freeze. Bringing in pre cooked items that can easily be warmed on top of the stove will save time and energy. Some of our favorites are burritos; breakfast or regular, soups and chili, meat with peppers over instant mash potatoes. Dehydrated meals are great however getting water to boil in extremely cold conditions uses a lot of fuel and takes a long time to boil. Do bring quick energy food items. Between all the work of winter camping and the cold you will be burning a lot of calories. It [...]

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Skijoring

Skijoring; I am unsure about whom is going to have more fun, you or your dog. Either way it is a great way to get outside and get some quality time in with your best friend. Get a few friends together and make it a race. Here at Sawtooth Outfitters we have everything you need to get started Skijoring. Sugarbush Trails has the two wonderful locations for Skijoring. The first location is out of the Britton Peak trailhead. It is 1.3 km gradually going uphill to the end of the Summit View Trail and is a mix between beginner and intermediate level skiing.  The second location is out of Moose Fence and is the Upland Loop.  It is 1.5 km of beginner trails to get to the start of the loop. The Upland loop is 2.4 km and considered to be an intermediate level and has a few hills.  Remember when skiing with your dog you are in charge of keeping your dog under control and  picking up any droppings left by your dog.  Most important rule is to have fun!

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Lose that Winter Flab

Cross country skiing is easily one of top full body toning workouts you can do. It has been said to be the most demanding cardio sport in the world. Best thing about it is you can do this at virtually any age because of the low impact on your joints. Cross country skiing is a high caliber cardio workout that is guaranteed to burn many calories and help your mental health by creating an endorphin rush. This is because cross country skiing uses almost every muscle in your body unlike running or cycling. While you ski you are doing a pulling pushing motion, this is using your muscles in best way possible. Muscles that appear to be doing nothing are actually helping is balance and coordination. Much like a cross fit workout where you are constantly changing and challenging your muscles, cross country skiing you are doing the same thing. Skiing is an excellent aerobic workout, and because no single muscle group is overstressed, the activity can be sustained for hours on end.  As a result, a fast heart rate is also sustained for a long duration. Thus, creating oxygen rich blood that flows to every organ in the [...]

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Etiquette for Downhill and Cross Country Skiing

Ski and Snowboard Etiquette  Avoid scraping boards and skis when standing in line.  Those few centimeters that you push your skis up to try to get as close to the person ahead of you as you can, is not going to make bit of difference on how soon you get on the lift. Do everyone a favor and give yourself space and keep everyone’s equipment in great shape. Share the chairlifts. Everyone wants to get to the top of run just as bad as you do. Do not be afraid to split your group to fill in empty spots on the chairlift, you can all regroup at the top.  Who knows you may even make a new friend. Cross Country Skiing Etiquette No bikes, dogs, horses, snowshoes, hikers and snowmobiles on groomed trails. It costs thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours to groom a trail. Be respectful and stay off them unless you are skiing. Do not walk on trail. Ski trails are for skiing not walking! Your foot prints ruin the trail for everyone. We have the beautiful Superior Hiking trail for anyone looking to do some hiking or snowshoeing. Skate skiers should be respectful of classic tracks and make every effort to not ski [...]

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