Magazine article Sunset

How to Rock the Ice

Magazine article Sunset

How to Rock the Ice

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The wintry desert cuts both ways-cold beauty, sure, but also whipping winds and plunging temps. With the right gear, though, you'll be calm and collected, not just cool.

REST STOP

Rocks may seem passive, but they're out to rob you of precious warmth. A camp chair that straps to a backpack not only increases comfort, but also encourages relaxing at those epic vistas. The one-pound Helinox Chair Zero ($120; helinoxstore.com) is the current trendsetter.

THE ULTIMATE THROW

For fireside lounging, a blanket trounces a cumbersome sleeping bag. We like the new Snow Peak Pendleton Wool Blanket ($265; snowpeak.com), a bold, earth-tone, multibrand collaboration that's achingly soft and lovely enough to drapi over your couch back home.

ALL DAY (AND NIGHT) SHELL

A puffy coat is like a sleeping bag that goes wherever you go. And at night, in the tent, it makes for a sweet pillow-or you can stuff it down at the foot of your sleeping bag for a toe-warmer (just avoid one designed for Arctic-grade winters, because you'll overheat while carrying a backpack uphill). …

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