Tips for Safe and Comfortable Winter Trekking
22 Oct 2017
Trekking is a delightful and simple activity. It is always a fun activity to do, no matter which weather you go in! Going in an adventure trip, helps you get closer to nature and make you realize how vulnerable we are despite of the latest technologies, gadgets. You have to be absolutely prepared when you go on an adventure trekking trip, especially if you are going during the frosting Winters. Here are 10 tips to help you trek safe and comfortable in the winter season.
Dress like an onion
We have all heard it before, the best way to keep comfortable while being active in cold weather is to wear layers. And it's true! it is a must that you wear the right layers of clothes to stay warm, comfortable and safe. If you catch a cold, your trekking trip is over even before you started it.
Depending on the conditions, use these layers:
a. Bottom: moisture-wicking breathable shirt or thermal layer
b. Mid: insulating layer like a fleece jacket
c. Outer: water/windproof layer
d. Hat and gloves
e. Good socks; waterproof boots
f. For your face, use a cap that covers your head, neck, and half face, leaving space for just your goggles and nose to breathe.
Start small and start early.
When planning your first winter hike, be reasonable about the distance and difficulty of the trail. There is nothing quite as frustrating as wading through waist-deep snow for miles on end, so choose a trail you know you can handle without difficulty.
Also, be prepared for some early mornings. Don’t forget that the sun sets much earlier in the winter months. Plan to be off the trail before dark to avoid getting lost or having an accident.
Wear appropriate Hiking Boots
A pair of warm, sturdy hiking boots is the most important thing to have in your winter wardrobe. It’s important to ensure the boots fit properly before heading out into the woods: no one enjoys hiking with blisters. Not only will the proper boots provide extra support while carrying a heavy backpack up a snowy slope, but they’re also warmer than low-top hiking sneakers. Make sure to wear a thick pair of wool or synthetic socks for added warmth.
During winters, the last thing anyone wants to do is drink water. But, when you go for trekking, make sure you drink lots of water and stay hydrated. Use insulated water bottles or thermos to keep your water from freezing. Bam, you are hydrated.
Check the weather.
This might seem like an obvious step, it’s important to get a complete picture of the conditions for your trip, not just the temperature. The more you know, the better it is for you. Be sure your hike is planned for a day when conditions are manageable.
Stay alert about your whereabouts, the places around you, the climate, weather change and injuries. Always stay alert and treat your injuries first before they become severe.
Besides eating a good breakfast and dinner, you need to eat on the trail. Carry chocolates, nuts, snacks, etc along with you. It's such a great treat when you are fatigued to dig into chocolate. It will help you stay energetic and strong throughout your trip.
Take an experienced friend or travel with a group
Going on an adventure with a friend is always the fun way to go about, especially in the winter. Not only is it more fun to share the adventure with others, but it’s also safer to be with a group. An experienced friend can help you with choosing gear, using crampons or snowshoes, and identifying dangerous conditions. Also, avid winter hikers usually have extra gloves, hiking poles, and goggles laying around that you could borrow to fill out your packing list.