Monday, September 26, 2016

hiking and backpacking in cold weather

 You need to wear clothes that will block the wind and are water proof. As you get hot you can
remove some of the clothing and place them in your backpack. You don't want to start sweating this can bring on chills from the wet clothing. Most outdoor stores will carry light,water proof clothing for backpacking in the winter. If you are hiking in snow wear polarized sunglasses to block the glare from the snow. You should not invest in cheap boots you need boots that are waterproof and insulated.  You should take along a  pack of water proof matches and a small sterno unit. You can use this to heat up some tea or soup when you take a break. You should take along high calorie foods since you will burn more calories when hiking in the cold weather. Any kind of fatty food that you can carry will help keep up your energy. High protein drinks can be purchased in powder form and mixed with water are also great to have.  If you are hiking in snow country you can melt the snow. Any type of cheese products will contain plenty of fat. High energy bars are light weight and can be stored in your backpack.  When hiking and backpacking in the winter it is important to pack as light as you can.