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Snow What? Let’s Go Camping!

Just because summer is long over doesn’t mean camping season has to be. With the right gear and a little preparation, your winter camping excursions can be as much fun, if not more, than those summer nights under the stars.

Winter trips do have a few more challenges than summer camping and do require extra planning steps, but the payoff is amazing. Warm night skies have nothing on the quiet beauty that you can see now, where a whole different set of constellations are scattered like diamonds above us and the earth is soft and quiet under a blanket of snow.

 

 

 

 

One of the first things you’ll want to do while planning a winter escape is to make sure the area you want to camp at is open and accessible. I love the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but that access point closes on October 15 every year due to its normal 6 feet or more of snowfall. I also suggest that you go with someone who has experience winter camping, and share your travel plans with responsible friends who will call out the Search and Rescue team if you’re not back at a pre-designated time. If you stop for coffee and pie, just make to check in and tell them you’re OK, and so is the service.

Clothing wise, make sure to dress up in many layers, such as a base layer (also known as long underwear, preferably wool or synthetic — not cotton, or you’ll find yourself wet and miserable), followed by a mid-layer of fleece or down, and an outer layer of something that is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Don’t forget to pair with good gloves and a hat. Pro tip: Always pack an extra set of gloves because the one time you don’t, you’ll rip or lose one, or regrettably both.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to footwear, thick socks and reliable boots are a huge key to success — cold, wet feet make for dismal camping trips. GORE-TEX™ will be your best friend, and there are a variety of styles and brands available.

Moreover, you’re also going to need some specific gear. As a starting reference point, I have pulled together 10 essentials to help winterize you for cold-weather camping. These categories are: navigation, sun protection, insulation, illumination, first aid, fire, repair kit and tools, nutrition, hydration and emergency shelter.  

 

 

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First things first — you’re going to need a good four-season tent. This tent, made by Marmot, has a removable vestibule and snow flaps, as well as adjustable guylines that can be tightened from the inside. A good sleeping bag is also a must, and this one by Kelty has 800 fill DriDown to keep you warm and dry. 

 

 

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If you’re going where there’s snow, why not plan on enjoying it with some snowshoeing? Remember that sizing is based on your weight, including the weight of the gear you’re carrying, so plan accordingly.  You’ll also want a larger and more adaptable pack for transporting bulkier gear, and this Osprey pack not only has the hip-pack conversion, it has lashing points for ice picks or snowshoes. 

 

 

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When you’ve made camp, a good chair and lighting can make it seem a little more like home as you hang out by a roaring campfire. Packability and durability pushes this gear to the head of the class. Black Diamond lights survive everything my Cub Scouts put them through; they won’t let you down, and a headlamp leaves both hands free when the sun goes down fast.  

 

 

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Not feeling up to making a roaring fire, but still need coffee and hot food to survive? The MSR Superfly with Autostart is an easy-to-use and compact gas canister camp stove that will have your water boiling in three minutes. And the Quick 2 pot set can be used for everything from scrambled eggs to spaghetti while still being extremely packable. 

 

So this year, instead of spending New Year’s Eve in another bar or uninspiring house party, how about counting down to midnight with the stars in the sky, not those who appear on television? 

 

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On a typical Friday night I am out with friends, but not too late! The next morning I am sure to be hitting the trail fresh and early.

Favorite Quote: "There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." - Willa Cather

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Outdoor Lover

There always seems to be at least one in every gift list, those who prefer long nature walks, rugged terrains and exploring the great outdoors to being cooped up inside.

Below, we’ve put together a few gift ideas for those who prefer scenic routes, wide open spaces and being one with Mother Nature. These will make them almost as happy as a day spent somewhere off the grid with little to no cell phone reception!

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For Her:

1. The North Face "Aconcagua" Jacket

2. Patagonia "Mirror Lake" Vest

3. Marmot Tech Sweater

4. SOREL "Tivoli" High Boot

5. Smartwool Chunky Cable Scarf

6. Arc'teryx "Pyxis 18" Backpack

For Him:

1. Arc'teryx "Delta AR" Zip Neck Sweater

2. Suunto "X-Lander" Sports Watch

3. The North Face "Denali" Jacket

4. Outdoor Research "Blackpowder" Gloves

5. Patagonia "Refugio" Backpack 28L

6. Outdoor Research "Svalbard" Hat

For Fido:

1. Ruffwear "Web Master" Harness

2. Ruffwear "Roamer" Leash

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Bundle Up in the Best Cold-Weather Jackets

Keeping the winter chill out is nothing to take lightly. But heavy, boring jackets and coats shouldn’t be an option when you’ve got a busy day braving the elements. Investing in a great quality jacket or coat is worth every penny because staying warm and protected never goes out of style.

We’ve picked out some of our favorites from our Zappos Outdoor Shop to get you ready to face old man winter in the best gear around:

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Women's: 1. Prana Devan Jacket, 2. Marmot Arona Jacket, 3. Patagonia Down With It Parka

Men's: 4. Marmot Conness Jacket, 5. Prana Rhody Reversible Jacket, 6. The North Face Gatebreak Down Jacket

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Fresh Picks: Eco-Friendly

This Sunday, the world celebrates Earth Day, a time to renew our commitment to protecting our planet’s natural resources and the environment.

As an ode to Mother Nature, we want to share just some of our favorite Earth-friendly picks. Made of sustainable, recycled or organic materials, these products are a step in the right direction to being more environmentally conscious—and that’s always a beautiful thing!

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1. Volcom V.Co Meadow Tank Dress, 2. Patagonia Summertime Dress, 3. The North Face Papenoo Woven Top, 4.Marmot Women's Pop Tee, 5. Patagonia Three Trees Shirt, 6. Keen BrooklynII Travel Bag, 7. NVEY Eco Lip Color , 8. Timberland Earthkeepers Katama Strappy Sandals , 8. Timberland Earthkeepers Hookset Chukka

Here at Zappos HQ, we have a group of eco-minded employees who banded together to form L.E.A.F (Leading Environmental Awareness for the Future) , a group committed to making Zappos a more environmentally-conscious company. To learn more about L.E.A.F. and their eco-focused efforts year round, click HERE.

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New Brand Spotlight: Marmot Kids

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1.Boys' Guide Down Hoodie in Forest/Fatigue, 2. Boys Morzine Insulated Jacket in Team Red/Brick, 3. Girls' Precip Jacket in Pink Punch/Hot Pink, 4. Girls' Guides Down Jacket in Ultra Violet and Electric Purple

All you snow enthusiasts can now bundle up your little ones in the same Marmot jackets you love this cold-weather season. Using the same quality technology as the adults’ versions, Marmot Kids jackets are perfect for those family snow trips!

Their fun and colorful jackets will not only keep your kids warm, they’ll keep them looking stylish despite harsh weather conditions.

Check out the entire Marmot Kids line!

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Fresh Picks: Earth Week Eco-Friendly Products

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With Earth Day being tomorrow and this entire week devoted to Earth Week, we think it’s important to remember that although there’s a specific week, day, and even hour dedicated to Mother Earth, we really ought to be celebrating our planet on a daily basis.

In honor of Earth Week, we thought we’d shine the spotlight (an eco-friendly compact fluorescent lightbulb spotlight, of course!) on some of our favorite earth-friendly products. They not only look good, they make you feel good about doing your part in supporting more eco-friendly manufacturing practices and materials.  

1.       Matt & Nat Stardust Elm tote

2.       Patagonia Men’s Live Simply™ Guitar T-Shirt

3.       Keen Coronado sneakers

4.       Simple Flipee Eco-Friendly Certified Nubuck

5.       Marmot Women’s Mandala Tee

6.       Horny Toad Cliff Shorts

7.       Simple Carport- Elastic sneakers

8.       NVEY Eco Cosmetics Advanced Care Lip Color

What little things do you do regularly to be kinder to the planet? Got any earth-friendly tips? Leave a comment below!

To check out even more eco-friendly clothes, shoes, beauty and accessories, go to the Zappos Eco-Friendly page.

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It's A Cold One Out There

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Now is a great time of year for you and your honey to make snow-angels, snowmen and maybe go on a ski getaway. If the snow is calling your name, turn to Marmot for your outerwear needs. Marmot incorporates quality Gore-Tex® in their products, maintaining the highest quality performance product. Marmot endeavors to provide outdoor gear that is authentic, innovative and best in class.

Rule winter with a fashionable fist thanks to the Empire Jacket. The DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds moisture, while the 650-fill-power goose down insulation kicks cold weather to the curb. The down-proof design helps prevent feather loss during the life of the jacket. For him, the Marmot Zeus Jacket is an incredibly warm down-dilled jacket that is perfect for keeping the cold at bay with its 800 fill power goose down. The Angel Wing Movement™ allows for full range of motion in the arms to keep the jacket from riding upwards. He’ll love the zippered handwarmer pockets lined with super soft fabric to keep your digits warm.

In every area of business practice that they engage in, they passionately seek the highest level of quality, performance, service and value. Put their expertise to good use on your snow-venture this Winter. Check out professional guide Keith Garvey’s review of the Marmot Zeus Jacket below: