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WINTER HIKE!

This is a hike that is in conjunction with the snowshoe event; same place, same time, same trail. No reason to stay away if you don't have snowshoes! Bring microspikes, snack, plenty of hydration.  Loop hike around Yawgoog Pond; white to yellow to red/yellow, moderately strenuous. You should have a fair degree of physical conditioning before signing up for this event. Although the hike is relatively short, prepare to be out for 2-3 hours in cold air.. Optional gathering for beverage/bite to eat after hiking at The Wood River Inn, just minutes from the CT/RI border:

http://thewoodriverinn.com/

Here is the trail map, but don't be confused by the title, the pond and the trail are on upper left.

"Driving Directions to Yawgoog Scout Reservation"

From Interstate 95 in Rhode Island: Take Exit 3B and travel west on Route 138. After about 0.6 mile (1 kilometer), veer left where Routes 138 and 3 merge (Main Street). Proceed southwest 0.9 mile (1.4 kilometers) until Route 138 turns right, leaving Route 3 at a fire station. Travel northwest on Route 138 (Spring Street) 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) until the Yawgoog Scout Reservation sign is seen on the left at Camp Yawgoog Road. The T. Dawson Brown Gateway will be reached after travelling 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) southwest on Camp Yawgoog Road.

From Routes 49, 138 and 165 in Connecticut: From Voluntown center, proceed east on the merged Routes 138 and 165 (Beach Pond Road) until they diverge. Bear right on Route 138 (Rockville Road) and proceed southeast for 2.9 miles (4.7 kilometers) to the state border. Continue on Route 138 (Spring Street in Rhode Island) for another 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) until the Yawgoog Scout Reservation sign is seen on the right at Camp Yawgoog Road. The T. Dawson Brown Gateway will be reached after travelling 0.6 mile (1 kilometer) southwest on Camp Yawgoog Road"

While not being so presumptuos as to tell you how to dress;»}, I would like to share a few tips for winter 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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  • Brian P.

    Nance

    A bigger thank you to you for leading this hike. It was a great day and you could not have described it better! Keep them coming!

    January 5, 2014

    • wildewoman

      So very kind of you, Brian. Glad you enjoyed our adventure:»} Stay tuned...We WILL do more of them.

      January 5, 2014

  • wildewoman

    A big thank you to this fabulous group of hikers for a perfectly serene winter hike on freshly fallen snow! Sense of comraderie was unsurpassed as we were challenged with keeping on the "white" trail through snow covered tree trunks :©} The "flume" was an especially memorable surprise, as we literally slid down the rock scramble on our hind quarters, all in good humor! Wood River Inn was, as predicted, a pleasurable closing for this fine group of rugged outdoorsy folks!
    We will definetely do this one again!!

    January 5, 2014

    • wildewoman

      Look for the photos of this great hike on the snowshoe page:)

      January 5, 2014

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