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  • Must-knows about cold weather hiking

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Cold Weather Hiking can be just as much fun and exciting as a usual summer hiking trip. But there are precautions and need-to-know preparations to make sure the trip will also be a safe and successful one. Alaska Heliskiing

    1. What to Wear. In the wonderful world of hiking, there are many different options for you to try out when it comes to clothing. However, it is very important that you know and understand exactly what you need in order to embark on a hike in a specific type of terrain and climate. Cold weather further augments the importance of this since you will need to keep a more stable temperature whilst you are in colder environments. The best tactic is always layering. This technique for dressing can be used in other types of environments as well since it is pretty versatile. In cold temperatures, it helps quite a bit to keep you from sweating and consequentially, freezing during your hikes. Canadian Mountain Holidays

    Most hikers who are used to using this technique in the cold often say that anyone’s best bet is to simply choose synthetic types of fabrics or wool since they are capable of a greater overall level of insulation. They also all warn against the use of any type of clothing which is made up of cotton. Cotton holds moisture much too easily, therefore it is not suitable for cold weather apparel ever.

    The base layer of your clothing should be made from fabric types such as polypropylene. Synthetics like this are great for moving moisture away from your body. The middle layer of your clothing is best as wool since it can keep you pretty warm. Your last layer should be made of some type of wind and water resistant fabric. Those are the most important things for you to worry about.


    2. What to Eat. Hiking in cold weather requires more food in your system than when you are traveling during warmer climates.

    It's important to bring food that are easy to cook and easy to make. The fact that you will be wearing gloves, or will be too busy keeping yourself warm, would make it hard to do even the simplest of meal preparation tasks such as chopping up ingredients.

    Pack some easy to make warmers such as tea and soup mixes. For additional energy during the hike, do not forget to bring some granola bars, energy bars, or any simple snacks that are rich in carbohydrates to keep you going.

    With the lack of enough heavy ingredients, the best way to season your meals are with a bit of oil or butter. Packing some foods and snacks rich in fat will also help in keeping you warm during the night.

     

    3. How to Pack. Packing the right way is just as important as bringing the right items.

    Make sure the essential items such as flashlights, extra batteries, rain gear, and emergency medical kit are placed where they can remain dry but can still be easily accessed.

    Sort your items according to when you'll be using them for easier accessibility when they are finally needed and pack your extra clothes in plastic to prevent them from getting wet.

    Remember to place the heavy items of your gear against your back and the lightweight items on the top. And when you've finally packed everything, try putting your gear on with your hiking clothes to test how well you can move in them.   


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