Yukon Charlie's http://yukoncharlies.com Snowshoes, Trekking Poles & Outdoor Gear for Men, Women & Kids Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:10:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Six Basic Safety Tips for Hiking in Winter (or Any Time of Year) http://yukoncharlies.com/basic-safety-tips-hiking-winter-time-year/ http://yukoncharlies.com/basic-safety-tips-hiking-winter-time-year/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:14:02 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=4919 Six Basic Safety Tips for Hiking in Winter (or Any Time of Year)

Visiting the great outdoors and seeking out of the way locations that allow you to experience the backcountry in the best way possible is a popular activity among novice and seasoned hikers alike. Hiking in regions with colder climates, planning a trip during winter weather and dealing with safety concerns that may not be an… Read More»

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Six Basic Safety Tips for Hiking in Winter (or Any Time of Year)

Six safety tips for hiking in winter

Visiting the great outdoors and seeking out of the way locations that allow you to experience the backcountry in the best way possible is a popular activity among novice and seasoned hikers alike. Hiking in regions with colder climates, planning a trip during winter weather and dealing with safety concerns that may not be an issue during warmer seasonal conditions can present many unique challenges. A few basic safety tips can ensure that your next winter hike is able to be as safe and enjoyable as possible.

1: Hiking with a Partner and Alerting Others to Your Plans

Being unable to contact help can turn even a minor problem or issue into a potentially life-threatening crisis. Hiking with a partner, especially a more experienced one, offers greater safety and the means to more easily address any problems that may be encountered on the trail. Ensuring that others know of your plans and timetables is another safety measure that should not be taken lightly as hikers who have encountered a problem in the wilderness may be unable to call for assistance on their own.

2: Plan Shorter Hikes and Get an Early Start

Winter weather means less daylight and more abrupt darkness after sunset, a concern that novice hikers may easily overlook. Planning a lengthy hike that may be undertaken with ease during warmer months may find you still on the trail when darkness and temperatures begin to fall. Starting as early as possible, and planning hikes that are more modest in scope could make a big difference in ensuring your winter outing can be as safe and enjoyable as possible.

3: Selecting Proper Clothing and Gear

Choosing the right clothing is of paramount importance when it comes to hiking in cold temperatures. Dressing in layers, selecting outer garments that can better resist moisture and donning undergarments that will retain the most heat are all essential for staying warm and dry. While snowshoes and crampons may be required for more extreme environments, trekking poles can offer the added stability needed to avoid slips and falls that are common even over level terrain and make a valuable addition to any gear selection.

4: Emergency Supplies

Proper preparation always pays off especially, in crisis situations and circumstances that may be potentially dangerous. Stocking up on emergency supplies can make a life-saving difference in the event that you encounter a problem in a location where help may be hours or even days away. When hiking in winter conditions, packing more than one compass, multi-tool or other basic survival item is often a prudent move. The old adage of “two is one, one is none” is important to remember as overlooking the importance of redundancy can turn out to be nothing short of a disaster.

5: Check the Weather and Be Prepared

Severe storms, frontal systems and other weather changes can often develop very quickly, leaving those who are out on the trail unable to properly prepare themselves. Checking the weather, early and often, is a wise idea during any season but should be of paramount concern during the cooler months of winter. With proper planning and preparation, weathering a snowstorm or blizzard can be done more safely and comfortable. Hikers who fail to keep track of weather predictions and information could be placing themselves at much greater risk than they might imagine.

6: Eat and Drink Frequently

Dehydration can speed the process of hypothermia, a potentially life-threatening condition that may be very hard to address when alone in the wilderness. The amount of calories burned on a winter hike may come as a surprise, meaning hikers would do well to take food and snacks that are high in protein, fats and complex carbohydrates. Eating and drinking frequently will ensure that your body is able to function more efficiently, allowing you to make the most out of your winter hikes and outdoor experiences.

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Using Trekking Poles: A Guide to Every Type of Terrain http://yukoncharlies.com/trekking-poles-guide-type-terrain/ http://yukoncharlies.com/trekking-poles-guide-type-terrain/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:39:26 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=4819 Using Trekking Poles: A Guide to Every Type of Terrain

Trekking poles sure do come in handy for balancing a heavy pack or taking a load off your knees — but they really shine when it comes to navigating on all sorts of challenging terrain. Here’s how to tweak those poles to make sure you’re getting the most possible support out of them in every… Read More»

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Using Trekking Poles: A Guide to Every Type of Terrain

How to use trekking poles

Trekking poles sure do come in handy for balancing a heavy pack or taking a load off your knees — but they really shine when it comes to navigating on all sorts of challenging terrain. Here’s how to tweak those poles to make sure you’re getting the most possible support out of them in every condition and type of terrain.

Deep Snow

Stop! Don’t take your trekking poles into deep snow unless they have snow baskets on them — a big discs that sits just above the tip of each pole, keeping it from sinking too far into the snow. On most trekking poles, you can just unscrew the old baskets or snap them out (if they’re there in the first place), then screw or snap the new baskets in.

Poles come in especially handy if you fall while snowshoeing in deep snow. If the snow’s too deep for you to poke a pole down against the ground and lever yourself back up, place both poles flat on the snow, upslope from you and crossed in the middle so they make a big “X.” Place one hand where the poles cross, and use that support to get your feet back underneath you.

Dirt and Gravel

No baskets needed here! In fact you’ll do better without them. If you’re really depending on the poles for balance or support, place them firmly with each step and pay attention to how they feel in your hand. It’s that feel — and sometimes the sound of the pole hitting the ground, too — that will tell you if the pole is planted solidly enough for you to trust it with your weight.

On Rocky Surfaces

The metal tips on your trekking poles will slip and slide on rocky surfaces, and can leave ugly scratches on the rocks. Pop some rubber tip protectors on your poles, and problem solved — they’ll grip solidly on dry rock, with nary a scratch (or dulled pole tip) to be seen. But be careful: Just like your feet, those rubber pole tips can still slip when the rock is wet.

Uphill/Downhill

Here’s where adjustable trekking poles really shine: Shorten them for uphill slopes, and lengthen them for downhill slopes. That way you still have full support from the poles, without having to stoop forward or lean back to use them for leverage.

If you don’t have adjustable poles, you can cheat it by gripping the poles lower down when you go uphill, and holding onto the very top of the handles when you go downhill.

Sidehilling

Walking sideways across a slope? No problem — just shorten the uphill pole (or grip it lower down) and lengthen the downhill pole (or grip it at the tippy-top of the handle). That gives you equal balance and support on both sides.

Mud and Slush

Mud and slush work out pretty much the same: Goopy and slippery. Use snow baskets on your poles or, better yet, mud baskets (completely round discs). Either type will keep your poles from sinking into the mud as deeply, and create a little extra stability for you.


Related links:

How long should my trekking poles be?

How to attach hiking poles to your backpack

Get more out of your hiking poles

Article written by Lisa Maloney, Hiking Expert at About.com

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6 Advanced Techniques to Improve Your Snowshoe Experience http://yukoncharlies.com/take-your-snowshoeing-up-notch-6-advanced-techniques/ http://yukoncharlies.com/take-your-snowshoeing-up-notch-6-advanced-techniques/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:15:50 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=4688 6 Advanced Techniques to Improve Your Snowshoe Experience

For those interested in improving your snowshoe experience, Lisa Mahoney from About.com has pulled together 6 advanced techniques to help you do just that! Getting started snowshoeing is just as easy as it looks: Strap the snowshoes on your feet and take a walk! But once you’re feeling steady on your feet, the sky’s the limit… Read More»

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6 Advanced Techniques to Improve Your Snowshoe Experience

6 Advanced Snowshoe Techniques

For those interested in improving your snowshoe experience, Lisa Mahoney from About.com has pulled together 6 advanced techniques to help you do just that!


Getting started snowshoeing is just as easy as it looks: Strap the snowshoes on your feet and take a walk! But once you’re feeling steady on your feet, the sky’s the limit — check out these six ways you can take your snowshoeing to the next level.

1) Going Off Trail

That deep blanket of snow makes snowshoeing a great way to explore places that you can’t get at during the summer, whether because of thick underbrush or mud. So don’t be afraid to check out the woodsy or open spaces between well-established trails — that’s usually where the best discoveries await!

2) Hurdling Obstacles

Once an obstacle is completely buried under the snow, you can snowshoe right over the top of it and never know it’s there. But half-buried obstacles like fallen tree trunks require a little extra work on your part. Trekking poles are a great help for stabilizing yourself as you lift one foot over the obstacle, plant it securely, then bring the other foot along.

3) Getting Up in Deep Snow

Once you’re confident on your snowshoes, you can take them out into deep powder. But if you fall down, that powder doesn’t give you much leverage for getting back up! Having trekking poles along can keep you from becoming your very own “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” infomercial. Arrange the poles in a cross or plus sign, and lay them on the snow to your uphill side. Place your hand where the trekking poles cross and press down, using that for leverage to get your body centered over your feet again.

4) Hauling a Sled

If you have the time, snowshoes can take you far into the backcountry — and when you do that, you might need to haul extra gear along. Enter the pulk, a runnerless sled with lashing points along the sides so you can tie your gear down. You can rig something similar with a plastic toboggan; then scavenge a hip belt from a backpacking pack to use as a waist harness. Thread some webbing or cordage through two lengths of PVC pipe and place those between your harness and the sled; that keeps the sled from running you over when it gets going on downhills.

5) Climbing Serious Terrain

If you’re comfortable exploring the flats and rolling terrains, try tackling bigger hills. For this, you’ll need snowshoes with cleats on the bottom of the foot platform. You don’t have to do anything special when walking uphill in soft snow, but in hard snow you can get more out of the cleats by adding a little stomp to each step, punching the cleats into the snow.

On downhills in soft snow, you can ride the snowshoes down like mini sleds for your feet. If you don’t want to toboggan down on your snowshoes, choose a less steep way down or walk down at an angle, so you’re less likely to end up skiing on the tails of your snowshoes. In either case, trekking poles are a great help for stability — and make sure you scope out the consequences of any potential falls. Never take on more risk than you’re comfortable handling!

6) Watch Out for Avalanches

Snowshoes really will take you almost anywhere — unfortunately, that includes avalanche terrain! It’s not always the big slopes that will get you — small slopes and terrain traps can be equally deadly.

The good news is that avalanches aren’t random — if you educate yourself on how terrain, weather and snowpack combine to cause snow slides, you can avoid them. I recommend “Snow Sense” by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler as a quick, easy and potentially life-saving primer on avalanche hazard.

Additional links:

What’s a Terrain Trap and Why Should I Care?

http://hiking.about.com/od/Hiking-Glossary/g/Whats-A-Terrain-Trap-And-Why-Should-I-Care-About-It.htm

A Ten Essentials Checklist

http://hiking.about.com/od/hiking-safety-advice/tp/The-Ten-Essentials-For-Hikers.htm

Article written by Lisa Maloney, Hiking Expert at About.com

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Sledding Adventure with Stuck in Vermont & Hammerhead Sleds [VIDEO] http://yukoncharlies.com/sledding-adventure-stuck-vermont-hammerhead-sleds-video/ http://yukoncharlies.com/sledding-adventure-stuck-vermont-hammerhead-sleds-video/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:26:51 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=4684 Sledding Adventure with Stuck in Vermont & Hammerhead Sleds [VIDEO]

Join Eva Sollberger and the Stuck in Vermont crew for a Sledding adventure on Hammerhead Sleds: Tony Telensky, AKA Max Speed, caught the sledding bug in 2008. Since then he has been organizing sledding adventures with family and friends at scenic Vermont spots such as Mount Philo, the Lincoln Gap Road and Smuggler’s Notch Road. Eva… Read More»

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Sledding Adventure with Stuck in Vermont & Hammerhead Sleds [VIDEO]

Join Eva Sollberger and the Stuck in Vermont crew for a Sledding adventure on Hammerhead Sleds:

Tony Telensky, AKA Max Speed, caught the sledding bug in 2008. Since then he has been organizing sledding adventures with family and friends at scenic Vermont spots such as Mount Philo, the Lincoln Gap Road and Smuggler’s Notch Road.

Eva and her sister Margot join Tony and his sledding compatriots for a speedy sledding adventure down the Notch Road in Stowe. They ride Hammerhead Sleds designed by Vermonter Steve Luhr who accompanies them for the climb.

Umiak offers Top of the Notch sledding tours if you’d like to give this sport a try.

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Kwik Tek and Yukon Charlies Combine Forces for a Year Round Outdoor Recreational Product Assortment http://yukoncharlies.com/kwik-tek-yukon-charlies-year-round/ http://yukoncharlies.com/kwik-tek-yukon-charlies-year-round/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:38:20 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=4201 Kwik Tek and Yukon Charlies Combine Forces for a Year Round Outdoor Recreational Product Assortment

The team here at Yukon Charlie’s is proud to announce that we have been acquired by Kwik Tek Inc. to combine forces for a year round outdoor recreational product assortment. Kwik Tek is a leading manufacturer of the Airhead and Sportstuff watersports and winter products. The combination of the two companies will strengthen our overall presence in… Read More»

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Kwik Tek and Yukon Charlies Combine Forces for a Year Round Outdoor Recreational Product Assortment

YC & Kwik TekThe team here at Yukon Charlie’s is proud to announce that we have been acquired by Kwik Tek Inc. to combine forces for a year round outdoor recreational product assortment.

Kwik Tek is a leading manufacturer of the Airhead and Sportstuff watersports and winter products. The combination of the two companies will strengthen our overall presence in the outdoor recreation market and allow us to continue building on the success of the Yukon Charlie’s brand name.

We are excited to be working the Kwiktek team and are looking forward to introducing some great new products for the 2015 season!

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OR Show Daily – Day Zero Features Our Advanced Series Snowshoes http://yukoncharlies.com/show-daily-day-features-advanced-series-snowshoes/ http://yukoncharlies.com/show-daily-day-features-advanced-series-snowshoes/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:15:41 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=4020 OR Show Daily – Day Zero Features Our Advanced Series Snowshoes

Many thanks to the folks at SNEWS for including our Advanced Series snowshoes in the “Day Zero” issue of the OR Show Daily! Click on the image below to open it in an enlargable lightbox (look for the enlarge button on top right).

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OR Show Daily – Day Zero Features Our Advanced Series Snowshoes

Many thanks to the folks at SNEWS for including our Advanced Series snowshoes in the “Day Zero” issue of the OR Show Daily! Click on the image below to open it in an enlargable lightbox (look for the enlarge button on top right).

OR Daily Features Yukon Charlies

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The Pocasset Massachusetts Branch of Santa’s Workshop Is in Full Swing! http://yukoncharlies.com/pocasset-massachusetts-branch-santas-workshop-full-swing/ http://yukoncharlies.com/pocasset-massachusetts-branch-santas-workshop-full-swing/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:46:41 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=3997 The Pocasset Massachusetts Branch of Santa’s Workshop Is in Full Swing!

We’re excited to report from The Pocasset Massachusetts Branch of Santa’s Workshop (aka, the Yukon Charlie’s warehouse) that things are in full swing here.  The elves are busy stacking, packing, shipping…you name it! And it seems that Santa has sent us our bonus for all of our hard work…the first snowfall of the season! Our winter… Read More»

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The Pocasset Massachusetts Branch of Santa’s Workshop Is in Full Swing!

First Snowfall of the 2013 Season

We’re excited to report from The Pocasset Massachusetts Branch of Santa’s Workshop (aka, the Yukon Charlie’s warehouse) that things are in full swing here.  The elves are busy stacking, packing, shipping…you name it! And it seems that Santa has sent us our bonus for all of our hard work…the first snowfall of the season!

Our winter gear is on its way to a store near you, so the question is…have you been naughty or nice this year?

Snow Is Falling on the Yukon Charlie's Office
Boxes Waiting to Go Out
First Snowfall of the 2013 Season
Sleds all lined up
The warehouse is busy!

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The Latest In Snowshoes & Poles From Yukon Charlie’s http://yukoncharlies.com/latest-snowshoes-poles-yukon-charlies/ http://yukoncharlies.com/latest-snowshoes-poles-yukon-charlies/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2012 01:29:08 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=3625 The Latest In Snowshoes & Poles From Yukon Charlie’s

Our very own Bill Lapierre talks about the latest in snowshoes & poles from Yukon Charlie’s.  If you are new to the sport of snowshoeing, this video will give you quick pointers, and information on some of our newest products, as well as important safety tips for heading out on the trail this Winter.

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The Latest In Snowshoes & Poles From Yukon Charlie’s

Our very own Bill Lapierre talks about the latest in snowshoes & poles from Yukon Charlie’s.  If you are new to the sport of snowshoeing, this video will give you quick pointers, and information on some of our newest products, as well as important safety tips for heading out on the trail this Winter.

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The Four Legged Faithful’s Ode to Yukon Charlie http://yukoncharlies.com/legged-faithfuls-ode-yukon-charlie/ http://yukoncharlies.com/legged-faithfuls-ode-yukon-charlie/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:15:55 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=3548 The Four Legged Faithful’s Ode to Yukon Charlie

This past Winter, we happened upon some dudes who had been so inspired by the idea of Yukon Charlie that they decided to write a song about him! The Four Legged Faithful are a band made up of 4 ordinary men who all thrive on playing music together. Their aim is not to play traditional… Read More»

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The Four Legged Faithful’s Ode to Yukon Charlie

Four Legged Faithful

This past Winter, we happened upon some dudes who had been so inspired by the idea of Yukon Charlie that they decided to write a song about him!

The Four Legged Faithful are a band made up of 4 ordinary men who all thrive on playing music together. Their aim is not to play traditional folk or bluegrass music, but instead to create beautiful, heart-felt, and genuine music using traditional folk/bluegrass instruments.

Listen to “Yukon Charlie”

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They create a sound that is honest and reflects the band’s many musical influences from nearly all genres. All members sing; creating multiple combinations of 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies. All members write and sing songs about their thoughts, families, and the natural world that surrounds them. For a band without a drummer, The Four Legged Faithful achieve an incredible level of intensity using foot percussion and layered rhythms throughout every measure.

They have been gracious enough to allow us to share their song, Yukon Charlie, with you here on our site.

If you’d like to download a free copy, just visit TheFourLeggedFaithful.com, and look for the download link on their home page.

Enjoy!

 

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Video From the 2012 Canadian Cup at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market http://yukoncharlies.com/video-from-the-2012-canadian-cup-at-outdoor-retailer-winter-market/ http://yukoncharlies.com/video-from-the-2012-canadian-cup-at-outdoor-retailer-winter-market/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:06:39 +0000 http://yukoncharlies.com/?p=3531 Video From the 2012 Canadian Cup at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

We were proud to be a part, for the second year in a row, of the 2012 Canadian Cup for the Conservation Alliance this past January. Sponsored by Arc’teryx, Baffin and Canada Goose, The Canadian Cup for The Conservation Alliance brought 16 teams head to head at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City,… Read More»

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Video From the 2012 Canadian Cup at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Canadian Cup VideoWe were proud to be a part, for the second year in a row, of the 2012 Canadian Cup for the Conservation Alliance this past January. Sponsored by Arc’teryx, Baffin and Canada Goose, The Canadian Cup for The Conservation Alliance brought 16 teams head to head at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 19, to raise funds for The Conservation Alliance and earn the honor of taking home the Cup. After some intense play before an enthusiastic crowd at the Industry Party, Keen claimed the 2012 title. Enjoy the action and see you at ORWM 2013!

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