Keeping Warm on a Winter Hike

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Joshua Rosenbaum of Greater Vail, CO, is an avid hiker and enjoys snow sports as well. As a sales associate with Transition Sports in Avon, CO, Joshua Rosenbaum helps customers find the products that best suit their needs.

When planning a winter hike, a highly important considerations is temperature regulation. One of the easiest ways for a hiker to achieve this is through the use of a warm hat, which can hold in heat when the hiker is cold and release it when exertion raises his or her body heat. The most useful hats are made of wool, rather than cotton, as cotton holds moisture and can chill the body if it gets wet.

Hikers must also take care to wear layers that can keep the body’s core warm or cool as appropriate. Ideal base layers are moisture-wicking to respond to sweat, while middle layers are both breathable and insulating. Experienced hikers often recommend fleece for this layer.

In windy or cold conditions, a hiker may also need a waterproof and breathable hard shell as an outer layer. Breathability is particularly important for hikes that are intense, as excessive sweat can dry on the skin and make the body cold if it cannot escape through clothing.

Finally, hikers must remember to wear appropriate footwear. Lighter boots or shoes are acceptable for reliably dry trails, but more extreme terrain may demand waterproof boots. Two layers of socks, the lower wicking and the upper warm, help to keep the feet comfortable, while glove liners and mittens protect the hands.

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