Things to consider before hitting those snowy trails
Winter hiking? You mean, hiking in the snow? People actually do that?
We're from California, but we know you crazy people (*cough*, we mean, outdoor enthusiasts) are always ready to hit the trails no matter how cold or snowy the conditions.
And who says the wintertime has to slow down outdoor activities anyway? The Bomber crew knows that seasonal changes mean seasonal activities. And some of those activities include SNOW 🎿! But before you head for the slippery mountains to start on your snow hiking adventure there are a few things you should prepare for.
Here are a few tips for winter/spring hiking without slipping off a mountain.
Check that the trail is open
Have we shown up to a hiking trail in last year's sneakers only to find it covered in ice? Maybe. Before you make the trip to the trail, check that it is in fact still open to the public. Sometimes a trail can be dangerous during the wintertime so there’s a higher possibility that the park closed it off for the season. If your desired trail is open though, try searching online to see other hikers' reviews and photos just for an extra level of preparation and safety. Recent reviews will tell you about things like ice levels, snowmelt, and the prevalence of dog poop that's popping up every-freaking-where now that the snow's melting.
Look up snow hazards
If your favorite trail is open and you haven’t seen any complaints about it being dangerous in the local Facebook groups, then we have one more suggestion: look up snow hazards in the area! Do your research on frozen rivers, cliffs with snow and ice covering the trail and avalanches. Don’t forget to check the weather before you go, too!
Go during the morning/daytime
It’s important to go for a hike while the sun is still up, especially during snowy conditions. Not only will it be warmer and help with the snow and ice, but it will be safer since you’ll be able to see clearly. Make sure you complete your full hike all before the sunset. And while you’re out in the sunlight remember that sun reflects off snow and ice causing reflections and sun glares. Pack your favorite REGGIE Safety White Polarized Ice Blue Mirror glasses for 100% UVA and UVB protection.
Don’t go alone
Another safety measure to consider is to go with a buddy. Because of the dangerous risks its always best to go with a friend. At the very least, let someone know where you’re going and how to find you -- and set a check-in time so that if you miss it, they know to be on alert.
Don’t let the sun fool you—it’s colder outside than it looks. You can always take layers off, but what you bring is what you’re stuck with. Be sure to pack items such as insulated gloves, a warm hat, scarf, waterproof jacket and boots, and sunglasses for sun glare from the snow—like the BUZZ Bomb Polarized Rose Gold Mirror Crystal sunglasses. And again, WE'RE FROM CALIFORNIA, so you won't see us going outside in that weather without at least fifty bajillion hand warmers.
Invest in Quality Gear
If you’re a serious hiker then you already know that investing in high quality hiking gear can really enhance your experience. If you're going for a hike that's longer than an afternoon stroll with your dog, don't forget items such as a hiking backpack, hiking boots, walking poles, water resistant and warm clothing items, snow grips for shoes, and snow goggles or high quality glasses such as the MAGNUM Blue Mirror Crystal sunglasses to help combat snow glare and snow from getting into your eyes.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Most people forget to stay hydrated during the winter months. And even though you may be cold on the inside, your body still needs water—even during the coldest of hikes. Bring plenty of water during your hike! Dehydration is the number one cause of hiking mishaps, no matter the season. During winter, it's easy to feel like your mouth is only dry because of the cold, but proper water intake is even more critical during the chilly seasons. Your body needs water to keep its internal functions going, and that includes, you know, keeping you from literally freezing.
Pack Winter Essentials
Aside from packing the right clothing items you should also pack winter survival essentials, just in case. Like a Boy Scout, you should always be prepared! We recommend some of the following items:
- Enough food and water for your hike, plus a little extra in case something goes wrong
- Hand Warmers
- Walking Poles
- Flashlight and/or Headlamp
- Sunglasses (like our CLUTCH sunglasses)
- Pocket Knife
- First Aid Kit
- Compass and/or GPS
- Portable Charger for Cellphone
- Emergency Blanket
Heading to your favorite winter trail? Tag us on Instagram @bombereyewear so we can see your snow hiking gear! You know, because we'll be wrapped in ten electric blankets and an extra layer of socks, not out on the trail like you cold-weather nutters.
(You know we say it with love <3)