by Diane Spicer
A lot of people ask me: Why winter hike?
Yes, it's true that winter hiking demands more from your body.
It also requires a lot more preparation with your gear, your clothing, and your attitude.
But the rewards are huge.
You may never have considered going on a hike when snow covers the ground or the weather is less than ideal.
Let me share with you 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, starting with this snowshoeing guide.
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 - so don't pass up those free fir-sicles.
Being bear aware is necessary at other times of the year, though.
Need some tips for hiking in bear country when summer rolls around again? 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.
Hiking For Her's 8 reasons why winter hike adventures are just as much fun as summer hike adventures (if not more).
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.
You could always ease into things with spring and fall hiking, using these tips:
Send me an email, using this handy CONTACT link.
Also send any questions you have about how to get started.
If you'd like to share your winter hikes, you can do that right here :)
Need more trusty tips for getting yourself ready for a winter hike?
After reading all of that great information about winter hiking equipment and preparation, you'll be ready with your own answer when people ask, right?
Why Winter Hike
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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