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Using a layered clothing system 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” (VBL) and why you may want to try this concept yourself.

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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.

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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.

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High altitude hiking poses a challenge to everyone even for those who have experience hiking up in the mountains. However, if you learn some tips and tricks on high altitude hiking and try to apply them, you’ll be much better prepared to face most of the challenges and obstacles that await you at high elevations.

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High altitude hiking may face you not only with the dangers of altitude illness but also with various heat and cold-related conditions. Trekking and travel through places with high altitude brings changing weather conditions and environments from extreme cold, snowy and windy heights to extreme heat as both can happen on the same trek.

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High altitude activities such as hiking and climbing can be very rewarding, however, they can also pose a serious threat to the state of health of anyone practicing them. Most people who have ever gone at altitude know that there are various dangers related to traveling, trekking, climbing, and being at high altitudes, in general.

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Plenty of avid outdoorsmen think that their days of hiking are on hold once they become parents, however, there’s a much more viable alternative - they can just bring their kids on the trail with them. Many people see time on the trails as a great way to bond as a family while sharing their love of the outdoors with their children.

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Hiking in the rain is a bit controversial and as such it has some strong proponents and fierce opponents among the members of the hiking community. The hard-core advocates of wet-weather hiking claim that as far as you’re prepared to be wet and take some measures to mitigate the consequences of that, you need nothing more than a set of hiking gear, some dry socks, and a pair of good hiking shoes to be fine.

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Plenty of people enjoy hiking and many of them, male and female, prefer to hike solo. Though rewarding, solo hiking can be risky too thus you need to know not only the pros and cons but also the dangers related to hiking alone. This will help you take into account and evaluate risk in order to carry out a careful risk-benefit analysis to determine whether solo hiking is for you or not.

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The winter’s coming and it’s again that time of the year when every outdoor enthusiast should be prepared for the challenges of cold weather. It’s true that winter conditions vary in different parts of the world, however, one thing is valid everywhere and it does never change - you need warm, comfortable, and reliable hiking clothing in order to be able to explore nature in cold conditions.

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Since the invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney more than two centuries ago, cotton has been a leading fiber for numerous products from denim and shirts to bed sheets and towels. In the 1940s, one synthetic fiber meant to displace cotton from its leading role in the textile industry was introduced. Its name was polyester.

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Follow these 10 Essentials for Beginning Backpackers and you will probably never become part of the ever-growing group of backpackers who have made costly mistakes on the trail.

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Sportswear needs to maintain wearer’s comfort in the outdoors. For this reason, hiking clothing must possess a variety of characteristics and properties that make it reliable, functional, and comfortable. Hence, in order to understand the performance of garments, their characteristics, and properties, it’s necessary to be familiar with the various terms used in the industry.

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Having a pair of gloves on or off the trail is essential when being in cold environments. In such conditions, without gloves, your hands will stay cold which is not only painful and unpleasant but can be extremely dangerous with serious long-term consequences for everybody who underestimates the risk of frostbite. Rain and wind will exacerbate the situation further because they facilitate heat loss.

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Most experienced outdoorsmen know that rain jacket is among the most important pieces of gear in their packs. Its main function is to shield the user from wind, rain, and snow, but also to quickly transport any moisture from the inner to the outer environment. This has to be done because moisture accumulation inside the clothing system compromises its insulation capacity.

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