FALL & WINTER HIKING: What to bring, what to expect, how to prepare






Fall & Winter Hiking: What to Expect, How to Prepare, Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZqpcYp2VwQ&t=60s


Fall & Winter Hiking: What to Expect, How to Prepare, Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RL4gMKCN3U&t=11s


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hBDmR-4snA 4 minute Health Quiz w/ Sheryl

Dress like an onion. Wear thin layers so you can easily peel layers on or off as needed.


Thin layers keep you warmer or cooler, whatever you need.

It may surprise you with how fast you warm up on a hike, in the fall or winter.

Often I'll start hiking with more layers but within 15 minutes I'm hot and starting to peel off some of the layers ie. coat, gloves, hat, neck warmer, etc.

Duffel Bag - Keep this with you until you arrive at the trailhead. It should have a variety of extra clothing items. Make any last minute adjustments if needed.


KEEP THIS BAG IN YOUR VEHICLE while hiking. Do NOT take it with you on a hike.


This bag serves as a valuable emergency preparedness bag as well. Keep it in your vehicle during the fall & winter months AT ALL TIMES! It may be used for a last minute decision before hiking OR if someone else is in trouble, something in your duffel bag may help a rescue situation.


What to include in this DUFFEL BAG: extra items like gloves, smart wool socks, warm hat, snacks like nuts, granola bars, hard candy, extra water bottles, base layers, long underwear, extra coat, flashlight, whistle, $20 cash (emergency money)


Backpack - You'll use this on a hike. Generally within 15 - 30 minutes of winter hiking you should start to heat up. Carry a backpack large enough to hold items you peel off. Generally my coat, hat, gloves, and neck warmer are the first to come off. It is not fun to over-heat while hiking.

Best Fabric for base layers: super soft 100% merino wool - keeps you comfortable and dry at all times


Base Layer: examples of my favorites include Icebreaker.com

or HellyHansen.com (100% Merino Wool, top and bottoms)

WORST Fabric for Outer Layers - especially during the fall/winter months - Cotton. Avoid denim! IF you get wet, either from sweating or from rain/snow weather, you'll remain wet and cold which is not good and can be dangerous in the fall and winter seasons. Cotton does not wick.

Balaclava (for Neck & Face protection) - wear this around your neck, NOT on your face BEFORE leaving home. You'll be prepared when you really need it. It's the one item I forget about IF I don't put it on before leaving my home.


Poles - I use the same $15 ski poles for four sports: year round hiking, skiing, backpacking and snowshoeing. Purchase a pair for under $20 at The Gear Room OR even less for $3 - $10 at Savers or Deseret Industries Thrift Stores. Resources located at the end of this article.


How to find a ski pole that's right for you: hold the pole upside down, just barely underneath the basket. Your arm should be at a 90 degree angle for a perfect fit! If you have questions about this contact me.

Gloves/Mittens - favorite brand: Swany Toasters. Definitely worth paying $49 to have warm hands ALL the time - especially in cold weather! Buy on Amazon or online.

Hiking Shoes - Keen: my favorite brand of hiking shoe. I wear the sam