As in winter, there are few things that go against being out. Although it sometimes takes to go out in snowy weather and too many freezing temperatures, it is usually very lovely when one comes out – at least with the right equipment, some thought and preparation. Hiking in the winter simply requires a little more preparation.
Clothing and equipment on winter hiking
It is stock in stock that applies, just like in the summer. Start with a cuddly undergarment – preferably in wool – closest to the body and then build on with intermediate layer and an outer layer that protects against cold, wind and snow. Hats, mittens and other heating accessories are of course equally important to supplement with. Please bring an extra shirt in your bag for when you stay or if it would be really cold. A dry change can be a lifesaver. If you get sweaty, you get wet and then cold and frostbite come as a letter on the post. Middle – maybe something brutal – mantra is “Sweat you so you die”. Remember to adjust the body heat using the different clothing layers.
In the shoe front, halkan is sneaky. Ice and snow make it especially important to be careful when walking and looking out where you put your feet. I like to use shoes from Icebug in the winter. Either models with extra good grip sole – made of winter tires – or with studs if it is really slippery and icy. What I like about their models is that they are soft and comfortable, not at all as hard as I can experience that other double shoes may be sometimes. Wool socks keep your toes warm! It also works to run on your regular hiking boots and supplement with a warm wool sole. If you are going out into the terrain and hiking, it is both fun and functional to use snowshoes. It is often possible to rent snowshoes if you want to try.
Sleeping outdoors in winter
Use a four-season setting that is adapted to cope with winter stress. With one such, the canvas goes all the way to the ground, it can withstand heavy snowfall and the tent pins are adapted for winter environments. A good idea may also be to pack down a snow shovel if you need to arrange around the tent site or maybe even dig a bivouac if needed. Avoid camping in sinks, where extra cold air is collected.
It is never fun to freeze when one is going to sleep – I know from my own experience that it is virtually impossible to sleep huttrande. Run on a warm and cuddly sleeping bag and you are at home. Dual sleeping mats are also underneath to close out the ground cold which can be really stressful if the temperature drops properly.
Breaks, routines, food and drinks in winter
As in the summer, it is important to wear extra clothes when you stay so that you do not get cold. Think again about the layer principle and regulate body temperature. Drink something hot on the break. For their own part, it is coffee that applies, otherwise tea, hot chocolate, mulled wine, juice, broth or hot soup from a thermos can be adequate and equally strengthening alternatives. It may be something with sugar in, so you fill up the energy pouches. It is demanding to walk and no one wins on blood sugar levels and inexperience. Whether you or your hiking buddies. Otherwise, it is always important with energy-rich food and snacks – in the winter it is especially important to focus on hot food when you are out.
The temperature can change quickly, so have the tentacles out on what’s happening around you. Also listen carefully to the body in the winter. Be wary of how it feels in toes, fingers and face – frostbite can occur quickly. Also help each other as you walk and watch each other, on each other. If you notice yourself or a friend starting to be affected by the cold, stop right away.