Many novice tourists are afraid of going hiking in winter. It is difficult to believe for a person who has never slept outside the house, that spending the night in a tent, and even in winter, will not be associated with terrible deprivation and discomfort. I can say with confidence-poorly organized overnight stay in summer can cause much more discomfort and deprivation than a well-organized overnight within a winter forest in the bitter cold. There is one little secret: bad weather does not happen! There are only bad clothes for hiking in winter and equipping which is not chosen carefully!
Clothes for hiking in winter: how to choose?
Setting off for hiking without any complexities in summer, it is enough to take with you a few t-shirts to change, shorts, hat, and jacket for the evening, comfortable trainers and a raincoat. The choice of clothes for hiking in winter should be approached in more carefully and responsibly. But there is no need for you to go off the deep end!
The Internet is replete with articles about the choice of modern hiking equipping, after reading which, you may get the impression that if you do not have two hundred thousand to buy this very equipping, then it is better for you not to go hiking at all. Of course, this is not the matter. Modern equipping in most cases is really very useful and convenient, but do not overestimate it. Much more important issue is for to properly use any equipping, whether it is boots, or membrane climbing boots.
It should always be two pairs. When the first pair got wet on a road, you can put on another in the evening while in camp and drying the wet pair by the campfire. If the hike is intended to be skiing, then in addition to ski boots, you can take warm trekking boots with you. As the second pair of shoes “for the camp” you can use boots or even trainers. Modern membrane hiking shoes are bad for drying by an open fire, so it makes sense to take with you from home a few sheets of dry newspaper (you can replace it with dry grass), and in the evening you can fill it inside the shoes.
It is worth remembering that such a drying process works only when the temperature is above zero (for example, inside the tent). Any footwear must be worn in before a journey on foot, and there should be a sticking plaster in your medicine box. Winter boots for hiking should have an extra space in size; sufficient to put on a thick woolen sock, with the foot would feel free. In winter, leggings are worn over the shoes (including ski) -special products made of light fabric, covering the leg from the ankle to the knee (there are different lengths) and prevent snow from getting inside the shoes. With them you are not afraid of the deepest snowdrifts!