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Clothing for Winter Hiking

Winter Hiking can be fun and an interesting time to be out and about. There are no insects out, the trails are less crowded, snow covered ground gives a different look to everything. I have been asked by a number of people what I should or shouldn't wear.

Well for one, don't wear cotton. Remember No Cotton, No Cotton, No Cotton, yes this includes jeans! Cotton when wet or damp causes you to lose heat very quickly. It retains moisture which in turn takes the heat away from your body leaving you uncomfortable and at higher risk of getting very cold. Remember, moisture not only comes from the elements like rain and snow, slipping whilst crossing a stream, but can also be due to sweating. Whilst hiking in the winter can be a lot of fun, the risks of hurting yourself can also potentially increase due to slippery conditions etc. We therefore advise that you come prepared, wearing the appropriate clothing and also having equipment like Stabilicers, crampons and/or hiking poles to help reduce the risk of getting injured.

Being a few miles from help if you do have an accident, wearing damp non wicking clothing like cotton can be a painful and potentially dangerous experience...why risk it? Hiking is meant to be fun, so why spoil the experience by not being prepared?

Below are three articles on winter hiking. While two of them talk about cold weather hiking many things can be learned from them. The best article is from the Boston AMC. If you only have time to read one I would start with this one.


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Page title Most recent update Last edited by
RSVP and attendance April 7, 2009 8:41 AM Heike
Clothing for Winter Hiking December 15, 2008 6:49 PM Jim
Discovery Hike September 23, 2007 10:21 PM Jim
About Hike Putnam and Beyond April 27, 2011 1:30 PM Heike

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