Tips for winter hiking

January 13, 2016

Tips for winter hiking

Despite of the cold weather, winter hiking can be great fun! You can enjoy crowd free trails and drinking hot tea will never taste as good as on a chilly day. To ensure you have a great experience, we have collected tips and tricks for people looking for a winter hiking adventure.

  1. Dress like an onion: It is good to have at least 3 or more layers on you so you can regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable. But try to resist the temptation of dressing too warmly. You may feel chilly in the first 10-15 minutes, but once you get moving you will warm up quickly. It is really important to adjust your temperature by adding or removing layers.
  2. Start Early: Don’t forget that the sun sets earlier in the winter months, so it’s probably a bit late to start a 10 mile walk at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Plan an early start and make sure that you will be off the trail before it gets dark to avoid getting lost.
  3. Check the weather: It might not be snowing when you set off, however it is essential to check the weather conditions before you go out hiking in winter. An unexpected shower can make you wet and cold.
  4. Pack some hot beverage: Add some comfort to your trip by taking tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with you in a thermos. A hot drink can warm you up and give you a nice winter glow.
  5. Know your limits: When planning your winter hike, be reasonable about the distance. Your goal is most probably to have fun rather than freezing outside.
  6. Short breaks: The longer you stop the colder you become. If the weather turns nasty, keep breaks short and to a minimum. If for whatever reason you do need to take a longer break, put on an extra layer or two until you begin hiking again.

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