Still, layering is important to staying warm and maintaining a consistent temperature on the hike and at the top of the mountain, where it may be even colder than at the trailhead. When you layer, remember:
- A base layer wicks moisture off your body
- A fleece jacket is next—this is necessary for insulation and warmth
- A shell helps to keep you dry and stops the wind from penetrating your core
Layers or no layers, always remember to avoid cotton. Once wet, cotton no longer insulates you from the cold. Moreover, it wicks heat away from your body and puts you at risk for hypothermia.
Other important winter hiking apparel includes:
- Extra Socks