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Hiking in Winter

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Hiking is winter can be both glorious and a chore. Getting out of the house poses one set of issues. We know, we often hear the complaints from our little people as they are tucked in cozy on the couch watching a favorite movie. But getting outside in winter can also be a genuine delight. The snow, the fresh air, are fantastic this time of the year.

Listed below are a few ways to make the most of your winter excursion.

First of all, have the right gear. I cannot over emphasize how important it is to dress appropriately especially in winter. Wear layers and carry a backpack large enough to house layers you might shed while hiking.

Secondly, pack a thermos full of hot chocolate or a favorite tea provide a bit of a warm-up while you are on the trail.

Third, make your hikes during this time of the year a bit shorter. Because of the cold, wind and the elements, getting outside doesn’t have to be an all-day excursion. Consider yourself successful if you spend some quality time outside. Remember quality over quantity during the winter months.

Finally, find the tiny joys while outside. Spot frozen leaves, watch as snowflakes fall on dark colored jackets and allow yourself to be amazed at how perfect each flake truly is. Build a snowman, bring a sled, and/or pretend you are walking through a winter wonderland. Have fun and remember, this season is fleeting, so make the most of it!


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