Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Cold weather is no reason to put away your hiking shoes. In fact, many avid hikers prefer late-autumn and winter excursions because the crowds are fewer and, with the leaves gone the views get better.
Here are some essentials you'll want to put in your backpack for a winter hike:
- Sunscreen and a hat for sun protection.
- Lots of water. You may not feel as thirsty as you do during hot-weather workouts, but your body still needs ample hydration.
- A flashlight. Nightfall comes early this time of year.
- One extra layer. If you stop for a short rest, you're going to feel the chill pretty quickly. Pack a lightweight vest or jacket that can roll up tight and not add too much bulk to your backpack.