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Winter Preparedness FAQ

Whether you're day hiking in the Gorge, cross country skiing at Teacup or snowshoeing up White river canyon, being prepared for a winter outing means packing carefully and giving yourself options. Being nourished and hydrated are very important, but it takes more planning to ensure a safe, successful and FUN outing. Take a look below at some of the things Next Adventure HIGHLY reccomends bringing along on any winter outing.

WHAT TO BRING:
Sack lunch
Extra snacks
Water
Warm, water-resistant clothing
Daypack

WHAT TO WEAR:
Boots or shoes to walk on snow
Warm socks - synthetic or wool (no cotton)
Warm Base Layer (underwear) - synthetic, wool, or silk (no cotton)
Warm Mid Layer(s) - fleece, wool (anything BUT cotton)
Warm pants (No Cotton - including Jeans)
Shell - waterproof/breathable/ventable jacket and pants
Gloves/Mittens,  and extra pair (no cotton)
Warm hat - (no cotton)
Gaiters (optional)

Several thin layers are better than fewer thick layers.  Leave cotton out of your active winter apparel.  Wicking layers under a waterproof and breathable shell (GoreTex-type materials) will help keep you warm and dry. 
If this is new information to you, then please come by Next Adventure before the trip to learn more about wicking and layers.

WHAT TO CARRY IN YOUR DAY PACK:
Map of area
Compass
Two Quarts/Liters of water
Your Lunch
Extra food and Snacks
Sunglasses or goggles, Sunscreen and lip protection
Extra Clothing (xtra socks, xtra gloves, xtra layers)
Whistle
Headlamp/Flashlight (with extra batteries and back-up)
Pocket knife or multi tool
Lighter(s) plus matches in waterproof container
Firestarter
First Aid Kit
Toilet Paper
Small insulated pad for sitting
Handkerchief
Camera, notepad, ...