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FIELD & STREAM | 8 Ways to Make Winter Hiking Better
If you’re not hiking in the winter, you’re missing out. Here are some tips on what gear to use and how to move through the trail when there’s snow on the ground.
Winter hiking beats summer hiking for two reasons: There aren’t any bugs and it isn’t hot. It’s also the best way to beat the crowd and have the whole trail to yourself. It can get a little slippery out there, but with the right gear and a little know-how, you’ll be taking more winter excursions than you think.
WEAR WOOL SOCKS
(and bring an extra pair)
Invest in a couple of good pairs of socks like the Damascus Midweight from Farm to Feet.
You don’t necessarily need insulated boots to go hiking in the winter, just good wool socks. And if you’re moving all day, those socks shouldn’t be too thick. Thick socks make your boots too tight which actually makes your feet colder. Try to find a warm sock that gives you a little breathing room, and always bring an extra dry pair in a ziplock bag in case you get wet. One more thing about socks: Don’t cheap out. In a world full of cheap socks, getting a pair of $25 socks seems crazy, but they’re worth every penny. For hiking any time of the year, socks are one of the most important pieces of gear you can bring.