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Assessment: released 9 occasions a yr, Backpacker is of desert commute, delivering useful, "you can do it, here's how" recommendation that can assist you get pleasure from each journey. packed with the easiest locations, equipment, and data for every kind of mountaineering and camping out journeys, each one factor provides foldout maps and lovely colour photography.

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COM; GRANT ORDELHEIDE; ERIK PAGE Sunsets or sunrises? How about both. Either way you look, a long draw of lake water awaits to reflect the light at site 6 at West Chickenbone Lake. This lowland highlight arrives around the midpoint of the Greenstone Ridge Trail, a four-day, 42-mile route that takes you from the heights of the island’s rocky spine down to the intimacy of its swimming holes and marshes (a life-list hike in its own right). Start from Rock Harbor (pro tip: arrange a ferry to the dock on Hidden Lake and hike to Lookout Louise) and follow the sun west, filling up on thimbleberries (fruiting in August), big views, and alone time.

3 mile north on the shore to a campsite at the tip of the peninsula. 4 Retrace your steps to your car. 7) We’re calling it now: This may be the best campsite in all of Indiana. It might even top the list in the Midwest. Surrounded by water on all but one side, you’re almost guaranteed primo sunrise and sunset views across North Fork Salt Creek, the top portion of 10,000-acre Lake Monroe, the NO. 18 1 A T R I M B L E CO M PA N Y state’s largest. Seventy-foot pines, poplars, and maples shelter your camp from lake winds (there’s space for six tents).

Use traction devices and trekking poles. On steep, icy slopes, opt for crampons and ice axe. Use microspikes on snowy trails that have been packed by foot traffic. 4. WALK CAREFULLY. With your trekking pole in your uphill hand, traverse moderately steep slopes (up to about 30 degrees), kick-stomping each foot to displace snow for traction. 5. HANDLE STEEPS. If the terrain drops off and you can't retreat, face into the slope for extra stability. Side step, kicking platforms for each foot and making sure all spikes are in contact with the snow.

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