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COLD WEATHER HIKING TIPS

When hiking in colder temperatures, it is essential to ensure that your body, including your feet, is properly cared for.
It’s important to find the proper balance and be sure you are warm enough but not too hot.
You want to try to minimize sweat, which can potentially freeze and cause rubbing, blisters, irritation, or discomfort.
To keep your upper body temperature properly regulated, be sure to dress in layers.
If you are exerting yourself you don’t want to be dressed in clothing that is too warm which may cause excessive sweating and discomfort.
You will want to start with a base layer that wicks moisture and is breathable, followed by a mid-layer that is insulating like a fleece jacket, completed with an outer layer that is water and windproof to protect you from the elements.
Be sure to incorporate a warm, weatherproof hat and waterproof gloves into your gear.
Hand warmers are a great item to have on hand and can be used on any body part (including hands and feet) that may need warming up during your journey.
Now let’s talk FEET! Obviously, good warm socks that properly wick moisture away from your feet are essential.
You don’t want your feet to get wet with moisture from sweat, and then get cold.
This will not only cause discomfort but could also lead to blisters and fungal growth.
Wool socks are often a popular choice for hiking as well.
Warm, waterproof hiking boots are essential to keep your feet comfortable and dry in the cold weather elements.
 
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