Hiking and climbing in winter is a serious challenge. While in the summer the wrong choice of clothes and equipment can spoil your mood, in winter your life and health directly depends on it. Each tourist and climber draws on his own experience when choosing. Women's clothing for outdoor activities in winter is the selection of comfortable and convenient things.
We will tell you about the important moments in choosing and preparing your clothing and equipping for winter hiking and climbing in winter. I will not dwell on the detailed subject list, but I will note the things that should be paid attention to in winter. Recommendations are given for trips for 2-3 days or more, with overnight stays in the field.
Women's clothing for outdoor activities in winter: the choice
The specific selection of clothes and shoes can vary greatly depending on the conditions which you will have to walk or climb within. But there exist some general requirements. Clothing should protect against the wind, warm well, but without overheating.
The top layer of running clothes should not be blown, thus it should take away moisture and be “breathable”. It mustn't be membrane clothes. Protection against rain in winter is often not required, and not every membrane well removes moisture in the cold. If we talk about the jacket, its fashion and convenience are of importance. The zipper should be protected from the outside by a windproof strap, so that the snow would not clog inside and the zipper would not be covered with ice. Sleeves and the bottom of the jacket should be regulated by cuffs and braces, so that the wind does not blow inside.
We advise you to take a full-fledged sizable down jacket when setting off for the winter mountains. It is irreplaceable while you are at a bivouac, at guarding spot, or while you are weathering a snowstorm. While being worn on short-term halts it will help not to cool down and not to freeze, and if you are forced out of spending the night out of tent it can save your life.
The jacket should be hooded; it protects the head and side of the face from the wind. If the hood is very deep, when pulled, it forms a tube that partially copes with this task. Fur-lined strip around the perimeter of the hood also helps. But if the area of your hiking is famous for constant winds, such protection may not be enough. For hiking in winter, the hood can be modified with being sewed with a foam strip wrapped in nylon fabric of the width of 8-10 cm around the perimeter of your hood. As a result of such modernization, the face will be completely protected against side winds, and an area of warm air will be formed in front, facilitating your breathing. This is the method used by the members of Vladimir Chukov's team while defending their faces in their expeditions to the North Pole.
The tourists are of the opinion that in winter using synthetics is of more practicality, because the down can dampen and become congealed. With modern down jackets this is not the case. The outer fabric protects against moisture, and wearing a down jacket on the bivouac and halts allows the down not to clod being ventilated at the same time.