When temperatures drop well below zero, the forest becomes quiet; very quiet.
The sound of your passage echoes off trees and spreads deep into the surrounding woods. When you stop moving, silence fills the air and you stand alone, immersed in the wonder of the woods.
The cold is relentless as it looks for ways to seep into your skin. Walking helps to generate heat; however, the speed at which you walk must be carefully controlled, for if you should begin to sweat, the water will dampen your garments and hypothermia will stalk you.
Learning how to create and maintain a fire in the dead of winter is a skill which must not be taken for granted. Without it, you are at the mercy of the cold which surrounds you.
Hiking in the winter is an activity which is invigorating and challenging. Being prepared to face the bitter cold is a necessity.
If you have the skills and are prepared, there is nothing like a long snowshoe hike through the deep silent woods of winter.