Tips For Winter Hiking Foot Health

When hiking in the winter, it is essential to ensure your feet are properly cared for. It’s important to find the proper balance and be sure you are warm enough but not too hot.

To keep your upper body temperature properly regulated, be sure to dress in layers. If you are exerting yourself you don’t want to be dressed in clothing that is too warm which may cause excessive sweating and discomfort. You will want to start with a base layer that wicks moisture and is breathable, followed by a mid-layer that is insulating like a fleece jacket, completed with an outer layer that is water and wind proof to protect you from the elements. Be sure to incorporate a warm, weatherproof hat and waterproof gloves into your gear.

Now let’s talk FEET! Obviously, good warm socks that properly wick moisture away from your feet are essential. You don’t want your feet to get wet with moisture from sweat, and then get cold. This will not only cause discomfort, but could also lead to blisters and fungal growth. Wool socks are often a popular choice for hiking as well. Warm, waterproof hiking boots are essential to keep your feet comfortable and dry in the cold weather elements.

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