Monday, January 2, 2012

Snow has finally arrived

Well as I am typing the snow is coming down , the streets are becoming covered with a thin white blanket. For allot of outdoor people they consider the winter the end of the season. To me it's just another opportunity to enjoy the wilds, in another season. All seasons have there own unique challenges. Winter maybe the most, but not a season stopper. When I sign off from here , I will begin to survey and inspect my winter gear. Yes I said winter gear.  The thin layers get put up for the winter , as does the canister stoves and water filters. .  I will dig out my poly pro wool blend long underwear,  wool pants and heavy wool socks, also poly and fleece pull overs as well as a warm hat I keep two with me a wool cap for in motion and a Blackrock down hat for around camp. The same comes with gloves a pair of thin fleece gloves for in motion, Maybe a pair of eVentmitts on top for moister and wind protection. Winter is about layers. You want to be able to loosen or remove certain parts of your winter wardrobe to  prevent overheating and  sweating . Once you get wet it is hard to dry not only yourself but your gear in winter, unless you are hot tenting . additional clothing may consist of  A face mask , Balaclava  don't forget your eyes. sunglasses or snow goggles protect you from the sun and the snow glare. Don't let winter stop you from enjoying the outdoors. Next time we will go over gear that I have found to be essential in the winter time   . Until then get outside and enjoy the wilds