Woolx Hikes New Hampshire
Wool is for winter right? It’s thick and warm and keeps you toasty out skiing or playing in the snow. Wearing wool in summer just sounds crazy, you’ll end up a hot sticky mess, and OMG so itchy! This is the conventional wisdom regarding wool, but it couldn’t be more wrong! Lightweight Merino Wool is the perfect fabric to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable on even the hottest days of summer.
Our Woolx lightweight gear was put to the test this past 4th of July weekend on a hiking trip to the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire. Our Granite State adventure began with a short day-hike up to White Horse Ledge in North Conway. The face of the ledge offers great spots for rock and slab climbing, however the Woolx crew was not quite adventurous (or skilled) enough for this route and we took the 1.3 mile hiking trail leading up from Echo Lake State Park.
View of White Horse Ledge from Echo Lake
The day was both hot and humid, and even without climbing the face it was a strenuous workout to reach the top. The hike required scrambling up some pretty steep and boulder strewn paths (they don’t call it the granite state for nothing). After a whole lot of sweating in the 80 degree temps the Woolx shirts were able to keep their wearers dryer and cooler than even the thinnest cotton T-shirt would have.
Merino Wool uses a process called “heat of sorption” to absorb and release moisture, allowing it to naturally wick sweat away from the wearer. In cold weather the natural crimp in wool fibers creates tiny pockets of trapped warm air that act as insulators, holding in heat next to the body. This same process has a cooling effect in warm weather, as wool releases moisture it absorbs heat from the wearer and the tiny pockets of air created by the crimp in the fiber trap cool air and insulate the wearer from warmer outside temperatures. As wool pulls moisture away from your skin to evaporate, you feel cool and dry even in hot weather. And you can forget about itching! The 17.5 Micron superfine merino wool used in Woolx’s lightweight garments is as soft and smooth as cashmere and is designed to be comfortable enough to wear right next to the skin.
The view from the top was definitely worth the effort!
The next day was the 4th of July and we celebrated America’s independence with the most strenuous hike of our trip, a climb to the top of Kearsarge North. This hike was about 6 miles round trip with 2,600 feet in elevation change, and it took us a little over 6 hours (including a well deserved break at the top). It was thankfully much cooler than when we hiked to the White Horse Ledge, but the steady drizzle of rain made the rocky terrain quite slick and it was hard work reaching the summit. Definitely the most difficult hike I’ve ever done!
Trust me those rocks were slippery!
The Pequawket Fire Tower is located at the summit, it was built in 1913 and staffed by the U.S. Forestry Service until 1960, in 1991 it was added to the National Historic Lookout Register. It is now open to hikers and contains a visitors book where you can add your name to the list of recent climbers.
There’s nothing like being up above the clouds!
Three hours of hiking straight up and it was definitely worth it!
The weather on the 4th really added a degree of difficulty to this hike. Hot and wet going up and then cold and windy on top. They say there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear, and the guy’s lightweight Woolx shirts really proved that old adage true! Wearing their shirts as a baselayer, Woolx wicked sweat away from their skin and kept them cool on the way up. At the summit their damp-from-the-rain wool shirts kept them noticeably warmer than Shelly and I were in our synthetic tops and rain jackets. By the time we started down she and I were actually shivering!
The next day we decided to give our legs a rest and kayak rather than hike. It was cool and a bit overcast but the Saco River provided some gorgeous views.
Really enjoyed sitting down for the afternoon after yesterday’s hike!
On the final day of our New England adventure the weather cleared up and it was gorgeous and sunny. We decided to do a quick hike part way up Mount Willey in Crawford Notch, where we found a beautiful flume. The trail starts at the Willey House Site, the scene of a tragic landslide in 1826 that took nine lives.
I would have liked to ride down the flume in a barrel, but it was strongly discouraged and I had to walk.
Beautiful end to a wonderful trip!
We had an amazing time and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s independence than by enjoying our country’s natural beauty in historic New England! I would recommend everyone try and visit this spectacular area of our country (I also recommend that they pack some Woolx for the trip). Thanks New Hampshire!
We got a little punchy when we reached the summit!
Thanks to friends of Woolx: K.J., Shelly and Mr. Perry – best hiking partners ever!