A few tips from The Best of The Great Trail author Michael Haynes for your winter adventures
Always check the weather forecast, but be prepared for a sudden, unexpected snowstorm.
- Start very early. The days are much shorter in winter, so carry a headlamp in case you end up hiking your final kilometre after sunset.
- "Dress like an onion." Wearing layers will help you manage your body heat in order to minimize sweat. Evaporating sweat lowers your body temperature too quickly on a cold day. I remove my toque when I overheat, and put it back on once my bald spot feels cold.
- Start with short distances. Hiking in snow can be slow and fatiguing. Once you understand your body's response to winter hiking, you can increase the length of your hikes.
- Snowshoes or crampons are excellent for winter hiking and dramatically improve mobility in snow and ice. I usually carry both, and switch back and forth as required.
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