Category: Winter hike questions

Why to hike in winter?

Why to hike in winter?

I got asked the hard question: “Why? Why do you want to go out and hike in winter?” That’s a good question! I’ve hiked and camped during Spring, Summer, and Autumn, and I enjoy it a lot. Why should I limit myself to only three seasons instead of four? Winter hiking for sure requires more from the hiker than the other seasons, but that’s just a challenge to be tackled. To be able to answer the question, I first have to answer the question “Why do you want to hike?”, and then try to answer the winter-part of the question.

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Hiking pace testing

Hiking pace testing

There is a lot of questions and answers about this matter in Internet: What is an average hiking pace, how fast should I hike, how far should I get in this and that time. As in everything that has to do with hiking, there are a lot variables to keep in mind: is there a lot of altitude changes, how much are you carrying stuff, what kind of weather it is, and during the winter most importantly: WHAT KIND OF WEATHER IT IS?

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How to dry gear during a winter hike

How to dry gear during a winter hike

So far I’ve found two ways how to dry gear during a winter hike. I’m sure there are more, and I’m working hard trying to discover them. There seems to be a lot information fighting against moisture, but how to dry wet gear while it’s freezing cold and you are on a trail – that seems to be some black magic which no-one talks about.

Here are the two ways to dry gear I’ve found so far:

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