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What Should I Wear? How to Dress For Outdoor Adventures

In Backpacking, Hiking, Skiing, Skills   |   Tagged , ,   |   2 Comments

By Michael Lanza

For hikers, trail runners, climbers, and others who play hard outside, fall, winter, and spring—and sometimes summer in the high mountains—challenge our ability to dress comfortably. You’re hot one minute, cold the next.

There’s a simple explanation: Temperatures below about 55° F. are cold enough to induce hypothermia; but when exerting hard, we can sweat even in temps well below freezing, and sweat conducts heat away from the body, making you cold. The key to comfort? Smart management of what you wear and your body temperature during activity. The following strategies have long worked for me.

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2 Responses to What Should I Wear? How to Dress For Outdoor Adventures

  1. Ethos Adventures   |  January 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    We cannot agree more with these detailed recommendations. This last section on adjusting on the fly is especially important now that we are in the thick of winter. It’s easy to start with too many layers since you are presumably still at a resting heart rate when you are dress and can quickly start to overheat once you get moving. Not only can this become uncomfortable but you can dehydrate at a faster rate due to perspiration and then catch a chill faster when you eventually stop for a break. Thanks for sharing so many tricks of the trade!

    • Michael Lanza   |  January 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Ethos Adventures. Stay warm and dry out there!

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