Winter Hiking

Vapor Barrier Socks Using Reynolds Oven Bags

Reynolds Oven Bags make excellent vapor barrier socks for very cold winter hiking

Reynolds Oven Bags can be used as vapor barrier socks for cold winter hiking. They prevent foot perspiration from degrading the insulation inside your boots and freezing overnight when winter camping. This is especially valuable if your insulated boots do not have …

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Kahtoola Microspikes Review

Kahtoola Microspikes provide excellent traction on packed snow and light ice on fairly level hiking trails

Kahtoohla Microspikes are ideal for mixed rock, ice, and snow outings for a number of reasons. Unlike crampons, anyone can use them without any special training. Put them on and go. You don’t need to learn how to drive if you put …

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Winter Traction and When to Wear It

Winter Traction and When to Wear It

Winter hikers use three different kinds of traction devices in winter: microspikes, mountaineering crampons, and snowshoes. Microspikes and mountaineering crampons are used to provide traction on ice and packed snow while snowshoes are mainly used to provide flotation on top of unconsolidated snow.  …

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How to Size Snowshoes

How to Size Snowshoes

The size of snowshoe you need depends on your body weight, the weight of your gear, snow type, and whether you snowshoe on broken-out trails or travel cross-country, on fresh powder. But if you are about to buy a new pair of …

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How to Stay Hydrated on Winter Hikes

How to stay hydrated on winter hikes

Have you ever wondered why you don’t get thirsty on winter hikes even though your pee turns yellow and it’s clear that you need to drink more? Blame your brain. It’s not wired to recognize the increased amount of water vapor you …

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9 Winter Navigation Hazards

Winter Navigation Hazards

Winter hiking navigation is different than three-season navigation because easy trails can become unsafe from avalanche danger, deep snow, or dangerous weather conditions. When planning winter hiking routes, it’s important to factor these hazards into your route plans and preparation, even if …

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How to Select a Winter Tent Site

Winter Tent Site

If you go backpacking in winter, you need to know how to select a good tent or camping spot. Three season rules do not apply! Picking the right site will definitely increase your level of comfort, but can also protect you from …

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