Hiking Tips: Winter Hiking

WEAR LAYERS

podcast-031407-roundtable-winter-camping-hiking-11Though it feels frigid at the trailhead, your body starts to generate heat after just 10 to 15 minutes of walking, especially if you’ve chosen a strenuous trail.

Still, layering is important to staying warm and maintaining a consistent temperature on the hike and at the top of the mountain, where it may be even colder than at the trailhead. When you layer, remember:

  • A base layer wicks moisture off your body
  • A fleece jacket is next—this is necessary for insulation and warmth
  • A shell helps to keep you dry and stops the wind from penetrating your core

Layers or no layers, always remember to avoid cotton. Once wet, cotton no longer insulates you from the cold. Moreover, it wicks heat away from your body and puts you at risk for hypothermia.

Other important winter hiking apparel includes:

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Extra Socks
  • Scarf
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4 responses to “Hiking Tips: Winter Hiking

  1. Thrift store cashmere sweaters work better for me than fleece. They breathe better, don’t feel clammy when they get wet (they’re basically wool, and continue to insulate when soaked, although they’re also hydrophobic and deal beautifully with moisture), and they’re very affordable, although it can a bit of luck to find them.

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