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Winter hiking: frozen lake covered in snow

WINTER HIKING: 10 IMPORTANT PROS AND CONS

In a series of articles, we exposed some of the dangers associated with winter hiking; we also gave you some valuable tips for having more enjoyable winter hiking trips and, in our last post, we wrote about the role of the vapor barrier liners for cold weather protection.

It is winter, it is cold, wet, and windy outside and while many people would prefer to spend their spare time in their warm and cozy home, others who love being out in nature would rather grab a pair of trekking poles and head towards the nearest trail… So, this time we are going to discuss the pros and cons of hiking expeditions in winter conditions. By doing this, we’d like to give the undecided a real insight into the positive and negative sides of winter hiking so that they can decide for themselves if they’d like to give it a try...

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Winter Hiking: Water falls over icy rock

WINTER HIKING: THE VAPOR BARRIER LINERS

It is important to layer your hiking clothing, especially during your winter hiking trips. Using a layered clothing system (with a moisture-wicking base layer) is an effective way to move moisture away from the skin and transport it to the outer side of your clothing. However, in very cold conditions, classical layering may not work that well. In this article, we’ll try to clarify what stays behind the term “vapor barrier liners” (VBLs) and why you may want to try this concept yourself. It’s a completely different concept that challenges accepted wisdom about “breathability” and cold weather protection.

In winter conditions, the mechanism of evaporation causes heat loss and - what’s worse - wetness inside the layers. The reason is that the dew point is now inside the clothing system and not outside of it as is the case in three-season conditions. The vapor barrier liners offer a solution to this problem...

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WINTER HIKING: 7 TIPS FOR MORE ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE

Winter hiking can be a ton of fun if you are seriously prepared, have the right mindset, and have the correct gear. It’s much less forgiving than summer hiking so approach it seriously. Hiking alone isn’t a good idea in winter conditions, so find a hiking partner and start with short hikes first to gain some experience in cold weather as well as when it’s snowing. Moreover, it’s reasonable to choose some easier and flatter terrain to practice first. You can jump to rough terrain and difficult trails when you have enough skills and experience to face the challenges of winter hiking, especially if you fancy high altitude hiking.

Planning and preparation are keys to having an enjoyable winter hiking experience so spend enough time to plan carefully your trip. You’ll need plenty of stuff and you can’t get away with shabby equipment, especially in areas where harsh winters are the norm. Learn how to manage layers and check different combinations to find out what works best for you and what doesn’t.

A little careful planning is important in hiking and can be the difference between an exciting and exhilarating trip and a total disaster. Knowing the hazards typical for the place you’ll be hiking in is essential, so do your research and make sure you have enough relevant information about the winter hiking dangers you may encounter during your trip. Sometimes there is no way to predict the weather, however, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of the weather forecast to eliminate at least some uncertainty about the current weather. Having a backup itinerary is an excellent way to avoid staying home or planning everything as you go in case that you have to abandon your Plan A because of bad weather. Eliminate excess packaging and don’t overpack, however, don’t underpack either. When packaging, find the right balance between what’s really necessary for your expedition and what’s desirable but not absolutely essential...

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Winter hiking dangers - snow

WINTER HIKING: 7 DANGERS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF

Wilderness travel in winter conditions requires different knowledge, skills, and abilities than summer hiking so it is safe to assume that what works for the latter often may not work for the former. Winter hiking can be extremely challenging and dangerous even for the most seasoned hikers due to the dangers of extreme winds, blizzards, deep snow, and river crossings. A trail that is assumed easy or moderate at other times of the year can be much more difficult to navigate during winter conditions. Keep this in mind when planning your winter hiking trip and do your homework on time. However, hiking shouldn’t be an issue as long as you have adequate training and equipment to face the prospect of harsh weather and snow conditions. Additionally, you must be fully aware of the dangers that can have a big impact on a winter trip in the wilderness because your safety depends not only on the weather conditions but also on your judgment, your experience, abilities, and preparation.

Do not underestimate the weather since one wrong judgment may have serious consequences for your trip and more importantly for your health. Weather can kill you. Before and during any backcountry trip, pay close attention to the weather forecast and study the weather closely. You don’t need any surprises related to the weather, because unexpected weather can be one of the greatest dangers when hiking up in the mountains. You probably know that mountains create their own weather (which can change very fast all of a sudden) thus valley weather is a poor estimator for the weather up in the mountains. Remember that predicting the weather for more than a day in advance often doesn’t work for mountain climates so be wary of relying on long-term weather forecasts. Ideally, only trust what the meteorologists say the current day is going to be like...

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