Winter is a fantastic time of year to go hiking. Bears are in hibernation, the bugs are gone and the snow is beautiful. I love hiking in the winter, but it’s important to go on your hike prepared. Here is my list of must-have gear for hiking in the winter:
- Waterproof Boots
I once hiked up to Mount Cammerer in February in tennis shoes. I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was miserable. It may have been in the 60’s in the valley where I live, but it was in the 30’s on the mountain with a fresh layer of snow and higher than usual water to cross. To say I felt like an idiot hiking that day in my tennis shoes is an understatement. I don’t care what the weather is like when you leave for your hike. Wear some waterproof boots in the winter. You will thank me for this tip!
- THICK Socks
Reference my above story about the snow and cold weather. Wear thick socks. There is nothing worse than cold feet. I take that back. Cold WET feet are worse.
- Waterproof Pants
There is a good chance if there is snow your pants are going to get wet. Especially if you have a cross any small bodies of water during your hike. Go ahead and invest in either some good snow pants. It will be worth it.
- Thick Gloves
Protect your hands from frostbite by wearing some good gloves. I will likely wear my gloves I bought for my ski trip next time I go hiking this winter.
My lips are hurting just thinking about this one. The cold and wind will kill your lips while you are hiking. Hook yourself up by bringing along some good chapstick.
My treat for you making it through this list is a 360 video we put together from our trip to Mount Cammerer. Seasoned hikers, I would love to hear from you! What hiking gear do you take along for your winter hikes?