Go light and enjoy a winter weekend in the woods.

With any outdoor adventure, no matter what time of the year or where you are, you need to be prepared for changing weather conditions. In Vermont’s Green Mountains, where I spend a great deal of time, a warm fall hike can turn into a wintry whiteout and freezing temperatures at the higher elevations. A day hike I was on in the mountains around Sedona, Arizona, had me facing a sudden storm, golf ball-sized hail, plunging temperatures and the risk of flash floods. Always know the terrain you’re in, what types of weather you c

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