Winter hiking warrants precautions !

Good article in the Bangor Daily News Today:  Winter hiking warrants precautions, by Brad Viles.

I had used the Essential Winter Gear  list recommended by the Appalachian Mountain Club  to prepare for last weekend hike in the White Mountains, and found it lacking a few critical ( to me) items.

Viles got it right, though, by including the rest of the things that I had in or clipped onto my winter pack: a whistle, emergency shelter ( space blanket), chemical hand and foot warmers, insulating bottle covers, face mask or scarf, a cell phone( but don’t depend on reception in the puckerbrush), down jacket with hood, plus a thermos of hot cider, cocoa, or coffee. Viles didn’t list coffee for that thermos, I recall from a previous article that he believes it is a diuretic. Updated research disproves the “coffee is bad for you in the outdoors” school of thought.  If you are a regular coffee drinker, there is no additional fluid loss, plus it is a legal performance enhancement.

Here’s Viles’ recommendations that I  formatted into a tabular format that can be downloaded and use as a check off list:
Winter Day Hiking List
Trekking poles or ski poles
Day pack
Map
Compass
Water bottles (2)
Insulating bottle holders
Headlamp
knife
Waterproof matches
WHISTLE
EMERGENCY SHELTER ( SPACE BLANKET)
CHEMICAL HAND AND FOOT WARMERS
Cell phone
Extra Food
Thermos of hot cider, cocoa, coffee
Clothing
winter hat
NEOPRENE FACE MASK/SCARF
Sunglasses
Goggles
Lightweight long underwear top
Midweight long underwear top
Waterproof/breathable shell
jacket
Insulating gloves or mittens
Lightweight long r
pants
Waterproof/breathable pants
Liner socks
Wool socks (wear one and bring
an extra pair)
Gaiters
Boots

Here’s me on yesterday’s snowshoe hike with my own personal additional gear ( headphones–>  iPod–> rocking tunes!)

Gotta have the tunes ( except in rattlesnake or bear country)

About Tom Jamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, the Camino Portugese (2016), and Newfoundland's East Coast Trail (2017) . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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3 Responses to Winter hiking warrants precautions !

  1. Then of course there is winter hiking in Hawaii.

    For which you need

    sunscreen,

    Lots of water. Probly the Steri-Pen.

    A hat with a wide brim.

    And leave da gear at da house, except fo maybe da grill.

    And by all means, keep the earbuds.

    Like

  2. Clarkie says:

    British Seapower!!!!

    Like

  3. Clarkie says:

    copied and pasted into my HIKEJTC spreadsheet

    Like

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