CABIN FEVER! Hike/Snowshoe Beach Pond to Erickson Wildlife Refuge

Let''s try this again... "Three's a charmer".

If no snow we still go!Don't want to snowshoe? We'll hike AND snowshoe together! Please read entire listing so as to not miss any details regarding this event. Modrately strenuous; 2-4 hours outdoors in cold weather and elements. RAIN CANCELS. You should have a fair degree of physical conditioning before signing up for this event. Optional after hike dine out and socializing at local restaurant. Please suggest one that can accomadate a bunch of rugged outdoorsy hikers, separate checks, and varied pricing.
There’s no reason why you can’t be a three-season hiker. By hiking at different times of the year, you’ll develop a much fuller sense of the natural cycles of your area and a deeper appreciation of the local environment. And you can continue to get exercise and stay in shape for the start of your prime hiking season.

So you'll want to ready for those occasional clear, crisp winter days that are perfect for hiking.

Dressing in Layers

Bigger is not better when you’re hiking. A heavy coat leaves you little opportunity to adjust to changes in weather conditions or your level of exertion. For the maximum versatility and comfort, you’ll want to dress in layers.

Base Layer. The key function of this layer is to keep you dry by transporting moisture away from your skin. Be sure to avoid cotton as your base layer because it holds moisture and will leave you clammy once you begin perspiring. Look for shirts made from light merino wool or synthetic fibers.

Insulation Layer. This middle layer is essential for maintaining your body heat. Once again, you want to avoid cotton and instead go for vests, jackets, or shirts made of polyester fleece, which is warm, dries quickly, and comes in different weights. Soft wools that aren’t itchy and goose down also works but the down can lose its insulating qualities if it becomes wet.

Outer Shell. A waterproof or water-resistant shell provides a critical outer defense against the elements, including snow, rain, and wind. Breathability is a key factor. You want a shell that’s lightweight and that preserves your body heat while also preventing a build-up of condensation that will keep you wet and create a chill. A shell with zippers and vents is best because it gives you more opportunities to regulate your body temperature.

Head and Face Protection.

As we’ve all heard since we were kids, you lose most of your body heat through your head, so in winter, a hat is essential.

The truth is that keeping your face covered while hiking isn’t particularly comfortable. But if winds pick up and temperatures drop, you’ll want to limit direct skin exposure. Balaclavas are a good option because they cover your head, neck, and ears and allow you to raise the fabric to protect your nose and face as needed. Balaclavas can also be worn under hats or hoods as an additional layer of protection.

Hands

You’ll definitely want to have gloves or mittens to prevent chapping to your hands and reduce the risk of frostbite. I prefer gloves because you’ll be able to maintain greater dexterity and not have to leave your hands exposed when you perform tasks.

Feet

Socks. If the rest of your body likes layering, so will your feet. A thin, tight-fitting sock against your skin that wicks away moisture is essential for keeping your feet dry and warm. Your outer sock should be made from merino wool or synthetic materials and not be so thick that your foot fits too tightly in the boot and circulation is reduced.

Boots. If you anticipate walking through snow or muddy areas, an insulated, waterproof boot may be heavier but also can help protect your feet. Leather can freeze, so you should look for boots made from a blend of plastic and rubber. If you don’t want to make the additional investment in a separate boot for winter, a pair of gaiters, which will cover part of your boots and prevent snow from entering from the top, can add a measure of protection.

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  • Jim F

    Beautiful day to be out living it! heavy, crusty snow presented a challenge. Loved the numerous rock formations. Thanks to co-hikers for your lively spirit and attitude!

    1 · February 9

  • Nancy (.

    Thanks all of you formidable hikers!
    Turned out to be a fantastic, chellenging hike due to snow covered, unbroken trail covered with 1-2" of icy crust! Again, the sprit of comraderie was indomitable as we joined together in traversing the cravasses, hills and obstacles of this magnificent, winter wonderland.
    Getting to know our newcomers was more than pleasurable with fun and laughter at Chili's!

    February 9

    • Nancy (.

      Special thanks to Jeanne for the great photos!

      February 9

  • Julie

    I am on north shore rd but do not see meeting spot. Help!

    February 8

    • Nancy (.

      Julie, so very sorry we missed you. The fault is entirely mine. Waited til 11:40 but didn't see your post. Next time I will send my phone # privately to those who have signed up.

      February 9

  • Nancy (.

    How about Chili's in Lisbon, CT for apre hike? Right off 395, LISBON LANDING.

    February 8

  • Jim F

    I have an extra pair of snowshoes and poles if anyone needs a pair. They aren't high end, but they work pretty well, and are a good way to see if you want to get into snowshoeing. Looking outside I'm thinking this event will be a snowshoe one.

    February 5

  • Bob B.

    Nancy I'm hiking Owl's Head Mtn in NH on Saturday the 8th so I will not be able to make this hike but if you are looking for suggestions for future hikes how about Sleeping Giant Park / Mt Carmel in CT?

    January 27, 2014

    • Nancy (.

      Hey Bob, Thanks for the great suggestion. We will be sure to schedule a hike here.

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Jim F

      RI hiking club did a trip there last fall, posted great reviews and photos

      February 5

  • Nancy (.

    Back from my motorist misadventure and ready to hit the trail!

    February 4

  • Nik I.

    :( Have to work. Next one.

    February 4

    • Nancy (.

      Aawww, Nick! We will miss you; see you next time.

      February 4

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