Winter Hikes

10895064_825493450823156_1024895572_nSo the holidays are over and you’re starting to get stir crazy and anxious to get out. Waiting for warm weather or the sun might be a long wait. Your can hikes can be just as successful in the winter months. Gather yourself and your warm weather items and go on a Winter Hike. However, make sure you’re well prepared.

Dress for harsh conditions. Wearing proper base layers is imperative. A heavyweight baselayer underneath a warm fleece. Then top that off with a shell jacket that keeps you warm and dry. Try to avoid cotton base layers. Once wet, cotton no longer insulates you from the cold. It also wicks heat away from your body and puts you at risk for hypothermia. Merino Wool is a natually wicking material. With Woolx on you will stay well protected from drops in temperature, or unpredictable winter weather.

Woolx Base Layer

Woolx Base Layer

Keeping your feet warm will provide you with continuous miles of breathtaking winter scenes. A good pair of wool socks will keep your feet dry and toasty for hours. Keep an extra pair with you just in case. A waterproof above the ankle boot will keep your feet safe from deeper snow.

Staying fueled for the hike is just as important as staying warm. Hiking in the cold burns more calories. Bring plenty of high energy snacks if you plan on hiking up steep terrain. Refuel on a quick break. Store the snacks inside your sweatshirt. The body keeps the snack warm compared to placing in your backpack. Avoid protein bars. They will freeze up on you more quickly. And of course, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Be aware of your surroundings. Hike in familiar places and with a buddy system. Getting lost in the winter is much more dangerous. Watch out for dangerous hazards n the trails or mountains. Ice, falling snow, bowing trees,etc… Stay on the marked trail, straying away from the trail will result in confusion of location. If you do try to remember landmarks along your path.

And lastly, make sure your bring your smartphone fully charged and a camera. You will want to capture your hikes beautiful moments. Winter can be beautiful, and you can capture some really great photos. Many smartphones have apps for hiking, and great cameras for exciting video and, memorable photos.

Winter months don’t have to be a blah. Try to make the most of it and keep fit by going outside and enjoying the cold and snow. Winter activities are a great way to escape the cold weather blues.

Two Rivers Recreation Area in NY

Two Rivers Recreation Area in NY