Featured in the Jan 2018 Rock, Root & Trail
Hanna Holcomb is the leader of WesCFPA, a Wesleyan University Student Club. She also helps out at CFPA and that includes writing for us. She is an avid Hiker and shared these tips in an article for Connecticut Woodlands (with an assist by editor Timothy Brown). Winter Hiking can be fun so safely enjoy your next snowy, outdoor adventure.
10 Tips for Winter Hiking
- Check local conditions and the weather forecast. Make sure the roads are accessible and that trails are open.
- Wear breathable, wicking layers. No cotton! Have a winter hat and gloves, and always wear proper footwear. Nothing can ruin a winter hike faster than cold hands and feet.
- Remember the rule of 20s: Dress as if it were 20 degrees warmer, but pack enough clothing to protect you from the worst-case scenario that turns 20 degrees colder.
- Start hiking cold, but not freezing, to prevent sweating. Remove a layer if you start to sweat
- No thermos? No problem. Put a thick sock over a water bottle to prevent liquid from freezing. Either way, stay hydrated!
- Stay warm with snacks that have high-fat content, like nuts and cheese.
- Keep electronics close to your body to prevent a dead battery.
- Be prepared for ice on the ridges and on steep slopes. Use microspikes when necessary.
- It gets dark early in winter. Carry a headlamp or flashlight and plan accordingly so you don't get stranded in the dark.
- Make a hiking plan and let other know about it. And don't be afraid to turn around if weather conditions change unexpectedly.
Be sure to check out Connecticut Woodlands this year for other pieces from Hanna Holcomb.