Skills – Rain Gear

I once hiked three days in the rain. Actually, as much as I hate to admit it, I've hiked a lot in the rain. It's not something I strive to do, but if you hike long enough and far enough, you will get rained on. My brother recently asked me "Ok, so what light weight rain …

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Outdoor Tips – Sleeping Warm

Avoid hypothermia - Never sleep in wet clothes, I tried this once, horrible idea. You should change out of your day activity clothes and into night or sleep clothes. You perspire during the day, and even with layers of clothes it will be likely the inner layers are damp although you may not realize it …

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Outdoor Tips – Layering

Layer your clothes. Rather than a single heavy layer use multiple thin layers. Layering helps build insulation you can add or remove from to maintain a dry comfort level. Use a wicking base layer; it will help draw moisture away from the skin helping to keep you dry. Remember at least three layers, a wicking …

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Outdoor Tips – Mittens

In frigid temperatures, mittens are warmer than gloves. But also bring a pair of lightweight gloves or glove liners for ease in handling camp chores like tent-pitching and cooking. Forgot the mittens? Hands still cold? Try using a pair of wool socks either as a mitten substitute or as a mitten liner to add layers …

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Outdoor Tips – Keep Dry

On a blustery, cold, or wet day, change into dry warm clothes as soon as you get to camp. Otherwise, sweat which has been collecting all day in your hiking clothes will soon cool and you'll start to feel chilled. Keep your outer layer shell handy, when you stop hiking for put it on the help …

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