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A lot of people ask me: Why winter hike?
Winter hiking demands more from your body.
It requires a lot more preparation with your gear, your clothing, and your attitude.
But the rewards are huge.
Not sure what I mean?
Here are 8 great things to love about winter hiking, in no particular order.
I'll also share some tips to make your winter outdoor adventures safe and enjoyable.
While it's true that you can sail over rock piles covered by snow, you're going to have to rely upon your navigation skills.
Get some insight into staying safe and un-lost here.
To decide if these socks are for you, read a review of them here.
Why winter hike?
To burn some calories!
And to enjoy an extra dose of hiking chocolate.
Solo hikers know what I'm talkin' about. Experience it for yourself on a winter hike!
Seriously? You need to stay hydrated even when you don't feel thirsty.
Read about ways to do that here.
Being bear aware is necessary at other times of the year, though.
Need some tips for hiking in bear country? Right here!
Be sure your weather window for safe winter hiking is a good one!
Or you'll wish you were on the couch napping, too.
Pre-hike conditioning and strength training is always a great idea, especially if you plan to tackle a long trail next season.
Here are some tips to get you started.
That's it! My 8 reasons why winter hike adventures are just as much fun as summer hike adventures!
I hope at least one of them will resonate with you.
And if you're a "summer only" hiker, perhaps you will be tempted to get out there and give winter hiking a try.
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