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Sunday, January 13, 2013

20 Degrees F, Feels Like -3

M and I went on a 7 mile hike at Blue Mound State Park even though it was a wee bit frigid outside. I did regret not doing a hike yesterday since it was 15 degrees warmer but the cold made today's hike exhilarating. I had a hard time deciding what I would wear for this type of weather. The last time I hiked in subzero windchill weather was a very long time ago...probably when I was an undergrad walking to classes. After sitting in front of my space heater for an hour and not really having any motivation to get dressed, I decided I would wear multiple layers since my core temperature tends to fluctuate when I hike.

My outfit consisted of:
  • tank top
  • long sleeve tee
  • long sleeve button up
  • warm-up jacket
  • fleece
  • windproof shell
  • cold weather running tights
  • hiking pants
  • liner socks and medium weight hiking socks
  • hiking boots (opted to not wear winter boots)
  • neck gaiter
  • hat and gloves
I thought that I would warm up quickly during the hike but my assumption couldn't have been further from the truth. The entire time M and I were hiking, I was freezing! Though we hiked quickly and didn't stop too often or too long, I never felt comfortably warm and was afraid I would get frostbite on my hands. Additionally, our drinking tubes started to ice up shortly into the hike, and 2/3 of the way through, we could no longer drink from them.

Overall, the hike was relaxing and enjoyable but we should have been more prepared. In the future, we might have to put insulation on our drinking tubes and also invest in some Yaktrax so we can have more traction on icy surfaces.

M eating his PB n J sandwich

Snagged on a branch...typical

Ice was a lot thicker than it seemed

An unrelated sunrise somewhere in IL...missing our roadtrips

1 comment:

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