This weekend I’ll be venturing west of the Connecticut River to attend the Snow Walkers Rendezvous in Vermont. It’s a fantastic event, and one that should be on your calendar if you’re in the northeast and interested in winter camping and expeditions. Here are seven reasons why you should attend:
- The Gear. Traditional canvas tents, tent stoves, sleds, and other gear you won’t see anywhere else.
- The Skills. There are skills-based workshops on a variety of topics. This year I’ll be teaching about nets and net bags. There are a bunch of experienced instructors teaching about a variety of topics.
- The People. There’s an incredible wealth of experience in the people that attend. And people are friendly to newcomers.
- The Presentations. I’m always inspired hearing about the great trips people have been on, and the amazing work that’s done by this community. A few years ago I was chatting with a woman who I later learned had recently led the first all-female trip to the North Pole.
- The Food. The meals at the Hulbert Outdoor Center are fantastic.
- The Camaraderie. A whole weekend with people who share your interest of living out in the winter.
- The Books. Every year there’s a library set up in the main hall, and every year I return home with a different obscure title I have to acquire.
Convinced you should go yet? Read more about the event and sign up at: