Many hikers choose to wait for spring to pull out their boots and hit the trails, however, there are many benefits of hiking in the winter that people aren’t aware of.
Firstly, the winter landscape is gorgeous. The sights of snow-covered hills and mountains, the warmth of the winter sun and the quiet of the open outdoors all add to the experience. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to indulge in some alone time with nature.
That being said, hiking in the winter does come with its challenges—especially when it comes to staying safe on the slopes.
If you’re thinking of going hiking this winter, here are some safety tips you should keep in mind:
1. Don’t Wear Cotton
You’ll need lots of layers when you hike in the winter but try to avoid clothes made from cotton. When cotton gets wet, it’ll begin to take away your body’s heat quickly which will put you at risk of developing hypothermia.
Instead of wearing cotton, you should opt for synthetic or wool layers.
2. Opt for Shorter Routes
Winter isn’t the time to test your limits when it comes to hiking. Even the world’s most enthusiastic and experienced hikers struggle with the harsh temperatures of the winter months.
In the winter, it’s best to keep your hikes short and sweet. Your body is working very hard to regulate its internal temperature.
3. Watch Out for Avalanche
Those who’re looking to hike on mountain trails need to check which trails are at risk of avalanches. They are incredibly dangerous, so it’s best to do your research in advance and determine whether the hiking trail you’re looking into is safe.
4. Bring and Drink Lots of Water
In the summer, our bodies get warm really easily and this causes us to drink lots of water. In the wintertime, our bodies get so distracted by the cold temperatures that we often forget to drink water.
If you’re going hiking in the winter, make a conscious decision to drink at least 2 liters in a day.
5. Pack Essentials
In the winter months, there isn’t enough daylight so you need to keep essentials such as flashlights and extra batteries in your backpack. Plan your route in a way so you begin at sunset and complete it before it gets dark.
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