Night time hiking and temperature estimates for March

Night time hiking and temperature estimates for March

A friend of mine is ex-military, and he suggested that I should plan my route and schedule on my hike so, that I will get the night time hiking experience also. I really like the idea – though it reminds me of my army service… In During March in Northern Finland, there still should be northern lights and bright moon to give some light, and with plenty of snow, you should be able to see just fine as long as the weather is decent.

How to plan resting if hiking in night

If I choose a day when I make a shelter earlier, say 5 pm, and take a nap until 10pm, then should be enough sleep to keep going until 3-4 am. Then back to sleep and I should be back in normal rhythm quite easily. I am really looking forward to the northern lights and how silent will nature be! I’m kind of not worried about my appetite and sleeping patterns even if I changed the sleeping and eating rhythm upside down. I believe I’ll eat like crazy all day long with the amount of energy I have to use during hiking. Dehydration is the only thing I need to keep in mind, as cold weather fools you easily not to notice you have to drink.

Night time hiking will be shed light on by northern lights
Photo credits to JHGilbert.

… A quick check from statistic centre revealed March as one of the best times to see northern lights! Woohoo. Early spring traditionally has fewer clouds, and northern lights are more likely to happen.

Temperatures and weather dictate your gear

Statistics sucked me right in and last year temperatures were somewhere between -5 and -20 Celsius. 2017 March temperatures were a little warmer, between 0 and -17 Celsius. Neither of the scales looks too frightening, as I’ve prepared for (at least mentally) -20 celsius.

What I’m most worried about are the breaks and camping parts of the hike. I’d like to be able to make a fire and enjoy the dark evenings before going to bed, but this requires some warm clothes. I’m updating my gear list here.

In the gear list, I’ve got this L1-L6 layer numbering system. If you are familiar with layer clothing, this should all make sense, if not then let me know, and I’ll do a post about it. Planning layers L1 and L2 to me seem to raise the most doubts. Realising you are wearing too little or too much after an hour of hiking in a scenario where you are wearing L1, L2 and a work or shell layers (L4 or L5), will be a pain – especially if wearing too much you need to strip down, remove boots and then you find your self-standing half naked above the tree line with a cold breeze. Add this to night time hiking and: Hello shrimp in the dark!

Now that I I wrote it down it became even more real in my head. I need to go and practise this when it gets colder!

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