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5 Tips to Stay Dry and Cozy

Posted by Rachel Wendling at Feb 26, 2018 12:33 PM |

Cold and wet spring weather brings unique obstacles to hiking or snowshoeing. Though the weather might be less forgiving than in sunny summer, with the right planning and preparation you can ensure that your outing will be enjoyable.

Cold and wet spring weather brings unique obstacles to hiking or snowshoeing. Though the weather might be less forgiving than in sunny summer, with the right planning and preparation you can ensure that your outing will be enjoyable. Here are five tips to help you stay dry and comfortable on your next hiking or snowshoeing trip.

Photo by Mike Warren.jpgWarming cold hands over a backpacking stove. Photo by Mike Warren.

1

Wear layers

Playing in the snow or hiking in cold temperatures means you’ll probably get wet or sweaty. By layering appropriately (wearing multiple layers of clothing like a base layer,  midweight layer and a jacket), you can find a nice equilibrium that won’t be either too hot or too cold. Avoid cotton if you can. Once it gets wet, it tends to stay wet and will keep you chilly.

2

Warm up

There are few things more enjoyable than a warm lunch on a cold day. Bring hot soup or drinks in a thermos—they’re guaranteed to boost morale midhike.

3

Take a seat

Having a sit pad in your pack is a nice luxury when it comes time to stop for lunch. If you don’t have a sit pad, a piece of an old foam ground pad or even a trash bag will help keep your pants dry while you rest.

4

Wear gaiters

Gaiters aren’t just for snow. They’re also really handy for wet trails where foliage is brushing up against your pants and boots. Having them in your pack might save you from soaked clothing and socks.

5

Change it up

If conditions look like they’ll be wet, bring a change of clothes for the ride home. At the very least, a spare set of socks and warm shoes are always a good call for a comfortable journey.

Get more tips, including information on traveling safely in avalanche terrain, at wta.org/trailsmarts.