November and December are my favorite time of year for hiking, even with what seems to be an endless drizzle of rain. The first few feet of snow grace the mountain tops and offer a soft, powdery surface for hiking and snowshoeing. By January, the snow has accumulated so much where avalanches pose a threat and by April, you’re just tired of the slushy snow, but in November and December the snow is ideal for some cold weather hiking. And the views are nothing short of spectacular!
Hiking during wintertime can be intimidating – it’s cold and there’s so much snow! – but the benefits are great. Spending time outside in winter improves your mood, health, and fitness. In these posts, I cover the reasons that you should opt outside this winter!
Your Guide to Winter Hiking: Everything You Need from Gear to Safety
Food and clothing are essentials, especially for outdoor activities. Many running clothes transition well into hiking, but there’s a few other consideration such as boots and jackets. As for food, just as with running you need to fuel your body to go the distance while staying warm.
When you hike anytime of year – but especially in winter when it’s cold and snowy – you need to take safety precautions and practice proper trail etiquette. These posts guide you through how to avoid winter-specific issues such as avalanches and hypothermia, cover what gear you need to bring and what you can expect, and discuss how to balance hiking with running.
Most of all, you just need to get outside and go! As with running, you keep hiking as simple or as involved as you wish. What matters is getting out there!
What are your plans this weekend?
What’s your favorite outdoor sport in winter?
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