Prepared for Winter Climbing
If you like hiking, but always hesitate to get off track in winter, don’t hesitate anymore! Winter climbing can be an amazing experience if you take the right precautions beforehand. You might even find that you enjoy hiking in winter more than the summer months because it is less hot. Whatever type of hiking you like, there is no reason to stay at the door once the temperature drops.
Staying Cool and Dry
There are some things to keep in mind when you are planning a winter hiking trip. The most important thing and this might sound a bit strange considering the weather, is you have to stay cool and dry. This might not make sense to you, but for anyone who sweats during the winter and then has to stand around in cold and damp clothing, you will understand how important this is. To stay comfortable and safe, you will need a few supplies. The first is Wick-Away clothing. Many different brands utilize these terms and it describes material designed to draw the moisture and perspiration away from your body. As it removes the dampness, you will be able to stay cool and comfortable. The items that you wear closest to your skin such as underwear and socks should be made of this material. You can then coat the wool clothes at the top to keep you warm. Several layers of lightweight clothing will be more comfortable than one or two layers of thick clothing.
Other important equipment is waterproof shoes. These boots must be at least as high as a calf and can be removed properly. You can find it isolated or not, depending on your taste. If you choose to buy non-insulation varieties, you can always make your insulation with socks and socks liners. The most important part is that your feet stay dry. To help keep your feet dry, you can also wear knee-high Gaitors. These wrap around your legs and feet and help to keep ice, snow, and water out of your boots.
One of the layers that you can wear is a windbreaker. These should be waterproof but still allow your body to breathe, and sweat to evaporate off of it. You must have gloves and a hat to protect your extremities. You can buy hand warmers at most outdoor sports stores, to keep your hands safe. The hat must cover your ears and be warm enough to prevent body heat from passing through your head.
Short Ice Cleat
Finally, you can find short ice cleats. This will help your attraction as you climb through slippery conditions. Long cleats are not needed unless you are hiking in very cold conditions. If not, they only become a barrier to your walking ability.
With the right gear and a good backpack to store it all in, winter hiking can be a great addition to your outdoor activities. A small investment, in the beginning, will garner great returns for years to come.