L.L. Bean Boots
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Purchased September 2015, reviewed September 2016, updated November 2017 L.L. Bean’s “Bean Boots” are one of those rare items that make it into the closets of both parents and their college-bound kids. They are a simple, durable boot: waterproof leather … Read More

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Writing One Man’s Mountain Alaska Landmine Special Feature, December 2, 2019 “The mountain goes unnamed on current maps and hikers simply refer to it as ‘East McHugh,’ but 1979 USGS maps briefly gave it its own name: Ruby…” Read the … Read More

Eagle to Peters
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« Trip Reports on Winterbear.com Eagle to Peters Hiking from Eagle River to Peters Creek, in Chugach State Park August 26, 2016 August is a tricky time of year for hiking in the Chugach. The early-season excitement of May and … Read More

About Winterbear Reviews
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About Winterbear Reviews “The only sponsor I have is the Salvation Army, a place I can get clothes cheap.” – Dick Griffith, “father of packrafting” and legendary Alaska backcountry adventurer In general, having the right type of gear and knowing … Read More

Guidebook
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Guidebook Intel on Alaska hikes, climbs, and float trips. For more information about the Guidebook and how to use the information on these pages, click here. Chugach State Park Anchorage Talkeetna Mountains

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Salomon Quest 4D
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Purchased summer 2013, reviewed March 2016 Out of the box If you could breed a hundred generations of trail running shoes for burliness and grit, the Salomon Quest 4D GTX would be the result. Its lineage reaches back into Salomon’s … Read More

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Recent News: Read my latest trip report, the “Packrafting the Escalante River” The Bomber Traverse Map Edition 2.2 now available online, in print, and at AMH & REI Anchorage! Click here to purchase a 13×19″ weatherproof trail mapClick here to … Read More

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