Snow time ain’t no time to stop hiking.

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Allrighty, hikers. Just a few days left to get your winter Scotchmans hike into the January/February issue of Peak Experience. We have some great winter walks already, but it would be even better to have more, and December 15 is our deadline for editorial for the newsletter. If you are ready to lead some folks into the white wonder that is “our” wilderness” you can fill out the form online at or type up your date, destination and a general description of your hike and send it to sandy@scotchmanpeaks.orgWinterHike

Jim Mellen is ready to take folks to Scotchman at the end of the season (April 30) and Sandii Mellen is on board with several winter walks, ranging from a walk in the (cedar) park (February 18 — full moon time!) to “What was I thinking?” (Mount Vernon on March 5).  Jacob Styer is ready to lead folks to Star Peak on March 19. Holly Clements is co-leading with Sandii on February 18, an all-gal hike to Ross Creek Cedars. Tracking expert Brian Baxter will be getting down on the ground in early April with his special skills. And, we have a couple of E for easy hikes up Lightning Creek (January 8 and February 5.

We might even have a wolverine “hunting” ski hike for a select few, but that remains to be seen.

And, don’t get us wrong. If you are inspired to plan a winter walk after the deadline for the newsletter, we can still accommodate your leadership longings. We just like to have as much advance notice as possible for our hiking public.

That still leaves lots of open dates and uncovered territory in the beautiful backcountry of the wild Scotchmans. And, the hike doesn’t have to be extreme, or even moderately difficult. We like all sorts of people to be able to experience the wonder of winter in the Scotchmans.

Let’s go for a hike!

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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