Is Santa Claus an Outdoor Enthusiast? The Photos Say Yes

December 23, 2014

The guy lives at the North Pole, where there’s no shortage of snow. Plus he’s got a team of flying reindeer to get him wherever he wants to go during the off-season.

As the holiday season approaches its exhausting crescendo, you’ve got to wonder: What does the big man do to unwind post-Christmas? As the indisputable truth of the Internet reveals, he’s clearly headed outdoors.

Being Santa means training year-round with a sack of toys in hand. Here Santa practices his carving techniques without poles—an essential sack-toting skill. Photo:


Santa takes a break from elf management to check the waves, fat-tire wheelie style, and get pumped for his approaching post-Christmas vacation. Photo:


Woo-hoo! Surf’s up at Santa’s secret break. Who knew he had a dog (that surfs no less)! Photo:


Training continues as Santa hits the trails and tests out a potential new ultralight system for toy-hauling. Photo: Hyperlite Mountain Gear


Santa teaches the ropes to a new elf hire at a recent team retreat. Photo:


And don’t worry, Santa is prepared for global warming and the inevitable melting of all summer Arctic ice. Here he trains on a pair of cross-water walking skis. Photo: ABH20

Merry Christmas!

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.