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Posts for November 2023

Ice and Insight: Staying Safe During Winter Outdoor Adventures

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Winter transforms the familiar trails of the Black Hills into enchanting yet challenging landscapes. The earlier sunset and limited daylight, a mere seven hours compared to the summer's generous fifteen, demand heightened caution and preparation. Here's a guide to ensure your winter outdoor adventures in the Black Hills are not only enjoyable but also safe. Even if you’ve traversed these paths before, winter conditions can make it feel like an entirely different journey. The snow-covered terrain and cold temperatures add an extra layer of complexity. Sam Smolnisky, Director of Custer County Search and Rescue, emphasizes the importance of good traction for shoes, appropriate layering, and having extra clothes on hand for sudden temperature drops.

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