Essential tips for Winter Hiking
A fresh blanket of snow can make any winter hiking trail just breathtakingly scenic and uncrowded. Its definitely not as simple as it is in the warmer months when you can just put on the shoes and hit the trail. But, with a shift in your mindset and these winter hiking tips, hiking in the winter is actually really fun. It’s a fun way to to stay active and healthy during these cold months when you want to just sit on the couch and snack away your favorite snacks. Not only will hiking provide physical benefits, like strength, balance, and cardiovascular health, but spending time outside boosts your mood and improves mental health too.
Safe winter hiking requires some additional planning and some great equipment. Here’s what you need :
Staying Hydrated is the key. Drink water before beginning winter hike as much as a liter. Its easy to become dangerously dehydrated. Water bottles should have a mouth nearly as wide as the bottle itself. Wide-mouth bottles are less likely to freeze shut on frigid hikes than the narrow mouthed bottles. Nalgene Insulated Sleeve for 32oz Water Bottle is great for use in both outdoor and indoor activities. Stylishly insulated water carrier that zips closed for complete bottle protection. For 70 years Nalgene has been making a wide range of BPA/BPS free reusable water bottles and containers to suit your personal preferences, needs and lifestyle. It is is easy to carry and open (with a wide carrying strap and a glove-friendly zip-pull) and, most importantly, keeps the contents liquid. $16.95
These are waterproof leather and textile construction and 200g insulation to keep you warm and dry during the worst of weather. This boot features Techlite lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return as well as Omni-Grip advanced traction rubber sole for slip-free movement. It provides warm style and protection, and keeps up with the hustle and bustle with a supportive midsole and advanced traction, perfect for any cold outdoor trek. Easy to put in on and off with no annoying boot liner to deal with. Available for both men and women. $59.96 – $178.78
Perfect for rainy, misty or chilly weather. This has super soft fuzzy lining and cotton padding will keep you warm during cold days. Waterproof rain jacket will help you stay dry on a rainy day. The professional coated fabric that makes the jacket waterproof and wear resisting. Elastic cuffs with stretchable thumb holes. Inside windproof powder skirt design help to keep wind out. The Ski coat’s shell is made of the polymer blending material. The strong textile fiber fabric shell, which can reduce the risk of accidental injury, avoids being scratched by rocks and branches and at the same time protects your body. This is perfect for winter hiking. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes. $79.
Ideal for staying dry and warm during winter weather activities, these versatile waterproof-breathable pants feature a fully seam-sealed exterior with a heat-keeping, thermo-regulating Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining. Features like an internal leg gaiter, articulated knees and reinforced cuff guard make them ideal for hard-charging aerobic cold-weather endeavors. Lower leg snap gusset and snow gaiters to keep snow out. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes. $49.95 – $119.99
Perfect for cycling, running, driving, winter hiking, skiing, motorcycle, riding, walking the pets, and skateboarding in cold weather outdoors. Specially Design for both Autumn and Winter Outdoor Activities. Lightweight warm three-layer fabric, thermal, water-resistant and soft. It is never too cold for you in winter time. Covered with anti-slip silicone on the palm, index finger and middle finger, Let you grip any tool firmly. Touchable microfiber fingertips (thumb and forefinger) is compatible with all touch screen technology products on the market. Sensitive and Convenient. $14.98
Some safety strategies to keep in mind is hike with a partner or group. Also let a friend who isn’t coming on the hike know where you will be hiking and when to call the authorities if you fail to respond to their calls. Carrying a whistle is a simple and very effective safety tool.
Your first few winter hikes should be relative smaller distances since hiking requires more effort and energy per mile in snow.
Always carry a map of the trail since some trails markings could be obscured by snow.
Make sure to drink up to 1 liter water before you begin to hike. Its easy to be dehydrated on winter hike.
After reading these Winter hiking tips, we hope you feel confident to go out and enjoy the outdoors this winter.