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How To Stay Warm Hiking In The Fall
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How to Stay Warm Hiking In the Fall

I enjoy hiking all year round even in inclement weather. On the west coast of British Columbia where I live it can rain hard and really be quite wet and cold in the fall and most people are putting away there hiking gear until spring, but it can also be a great time of year to go hiking. The leaves are turning colour and falling, which makes for a very colourful hike. The air is fresh and cool and there are hardly any people on the trail. You also don’t have to worry about bugs so leave your bug repellant at home. So if you do go hiking in the fall, how can you be sure that you will stay warm, dry and enjoyable?

First of all you need to be well prepared for the wet weather. If you can’t stay dry you won’t stay warm. A waterproof breathable rain jacket is a must as well as waterproof pants and boots. Make sure that you get proper outdoor gear that is designed for outdoor use because this will make your hike much more comfortable.

Dress in layers. Weather in the fall can be unpredictable. If you wear a heavy jacket it will keep you warm in the morning but it can warm up considerably when you begin hiking and by afternoon and the parka may be too hot. By dressing in layers you can take a layer off or put one on when you need to. Hike with your fleece or take it off and wear your shell jacket as a windbreaker. Take out your waterproof breathable gear when it rains. Always have three or four layers and just throw them into your daypack when you don’t need them. Make sure that you are prepared for any kind of weather for the kind of hiking that you will be doing. Remember that it could rain, it can be very cold and it could even snow if you’re hiking in the mountains.

Take a wide brimmed hat that can double as a sun or rain hat. A wide brimmed hat will keep either the sun or the rain off your face and your neck. In many areas of the United States and Canada the weather can stay quite warm in the fall right up until December so if the forecast is for dry warm weather take your sunglasses. A warm toque and gloves are also advisable in case of colder weather. Remember that you can never be too prepared and in cold weather you can lose a lot of heat from your head.

Lastly take food with you. Your will need lots of energy for your hike and the energy from your food also helps keep you warm.

So, don’t worry about the weather. If you enjoy hiking, get out into the great outdoors with your outdoor clothing and have a great trip by always being prepared to stay dry and warm. Happy hiking


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