Think layering


When you layer your clothing, you can be prepared for many different types of weather.  If the weather gets colder, put on another layer.  In the opposite situation where the weather gets warmer as the day wears on, peel off a layer or two and stuff them into your backpack.

I just read an account by Scott Janz of a ten-mile hike he took recently – partly in snow.  He reports that the wind gusted to 30 or 40 miles per hour and the wind chill was as low as -10.  Yet, he asserts that layering did the trick.  He did not become too cold or succumb to hypothermia.

You can read about Scott Janz’ winter hiking adventure at


2 Responses to “Think layering”

  1. Scott J Says:

    Thanks for the post. Yes, it was cold but layering between a hard shell and a wind resistant soft shell did the trick. Hard shell to keep stop wind and rain. Once my body heated, I took off the Hard Shell, and kept the soft shell on which is also wind resistant. Had a R1 Fleece under that, and my two base layers. Was nice and toasty at -10 wind chill. 🙂

  2. Damien Tougas Says:

    Thanks for the link. I have been reading some interesting articles lately regarding using a combination of windproof layer (windshirt) and umbrella for rainy conditions. The cool thing about this is that when hiking hard or backpacking, you don’t sweat as much because you have better breathability. That breaks down a little in high wind or driving rain conditions, but when in more treed areas supposedly can work quite well.

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