Winter outdoor fun

11 Nov

Adventures in the Snow

One of the best things about the summertime is being outdoors and spending time outdoors. But one thing that many people do not take the time to think about or even consider is the beauty and enjoyment of the outdoors during winter.

First things First

Unlike the summer, winter hiking and activities require more preparation in several ways that you might not consider. For example, during summertime activities you do not have to worry about your canteen freezing up or wearing too many clothes and overheating while walking to your car.
Many of the trails that you would hike in the summer may be maintained and open during the winter for cold weather activities, and many cities and towns will have lists available. Just remember on some trails or areas might not be open during a snowfall or storm.

Safety, Safety, Safety!

Where are a wrong turn in the woods during the summer might cause a slightly uncomfortable night being bit by mosquitoes, a mistake in the winter can kill you. Especially here in Wyoming, storms can appear without warning and with the wind the temperature can drop many degrees below zero.
One of the biggest mistakes many people that have experienced trouble while hiking is overestimating their abilities. Some of the simplest precautions are some of the best, such as notifying someone where you are going and when you intend to return. And simple preparations can help prevent small things from becoming a major catastrophe, such as carrying food and water in your car, and extra clothes and blankets. Making sure to have things like a compass or GPS on you and not leaving things behind in the car can mean the difference between life and death.

Not just bread and water

Your body burns a tremendous amount of energy in cold weather while walking through snow and ice at altitudes higher than normal. You need to replenish your body with sustaining foods and in cold weather foods high in fat and protein provide the best energy over long periods of time.
Also do not underestimate the benefits of taking a break and drinking something warm such as soup or tea. In addition to the heat and energy transfer the moral boost is not to be underestimated, especially when cold and tired.

Play smart, play safe

Experienced outdoorsmen do their best to leave nothing to chance, and one of the things to remember is that sometimes you know when something is wrong before it becomes obvious. Otherwise known as a gut feeling, this has saved many adventurers in the past and is not to be discounted. Your subconscious is very astute in interpreting sounds and feelings and listening to these feelings can save your life.

Winter Hiking

Winter Woodslore


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