Winter Hiking Tips

When someone mentions hiking, we all think of those captivating sun-lit landscapes with vivid colours before our eyes. However, there are many times when the weather is challenging. While many would think that staying home is the only option, hikers with a true passion for their hobby would beg to differ. Winter hiking is a popular option that true adventurers enjoy taking. 

It’s necessary to follow a couple of rules, though, so you can truly enjoy the experience.

Follow Weather Forecast

It might sound like obvious advice, but it’s not.

The winter weather can be very unforeseeable. You’ll likely check the weather day before your adventure begins, but do so a couple of times right before you head out. A good idea is to check multiple sources and compare what they say. You can make a better decision on what needs to be added to your backpack.

If you want to make sure you’re 100% ready, research the current path conditions on forums. You’ll know how much ice there is and whether the trail is safe.

Wear Backup Clothes

Even though you’re walking in freezing temperatures, you’ll sweat like crazy. Once you change, the wet clothes will quickly freeze and become unwearable. Pack enough clothing so you can rest assured that you can change several times on the trail.

To prevent sweating too much, move slowly to keep your heart rate steady. Take extra time when climbing hills. Usually, people get sweaty during a steep ascent. Pace yourself and move steadily.

Don’t forget to cover every inch of your skin to keep it safe from the cold. Prolonged exposure to cold and harsh air can lead to injuries. That applies to your nose, ears, and mouth!

Dress in Layers, but Strategically

You need to wear clothes in layers. It will keep you warm in the cold weather. Yet, it’s necessary to approach dressing clothing strategically.

Wearing too many layers will keep you too warm and will lead to sweating. On the other hand, you’ll quickly get cold with only a few layers. 

The goal is to dress more lightly while you’re on the move. Your body can keep breathing while your heart rate goes up but won’t sweat. Once you stop, though, getting more layers on your body is a must. You can stay warm despite being in one place.

Keep Your Food and Water Thawed

The cold weather is challenging in one more aspect. The food and water can quickly freeze, leaving you with no way to quench your thirst while resting. Luckily, you can take steps to prevent that from happening. The most important rule is to keep everything in your backpack but closer to your body. That way, the food will remain thawed as well as water. 

Furthermore, when preparing your supplies, take them hot from your home. Prepare hot water, turn the bottle upside down, as the top part gets frozen first. You’ll be able to drink the water even if it’s freezing. Just make sure that every container has a tight seal.