More Gear – Clothing Considerations

More information on necessary gear versus the eternal struggle with pack weight!

I have a closet full of coats, windbreakers, and all sorts of cold weather gear. What I found out was that most of the cold weather gear that I packed not suited to hiking.

1. My winter parka outer shell is great for home, but terrible for the trail. When wet, it weighs far too much and takes too long to dry. It was replaced with a puffy. I’m finding out that a puffy and a rain jacket will handle most cold and/or wet weather.

2. My 1/4 zip insulated sports pullover was sent home. Too heavy when wet, too long to dry!

3. Have a separate set of lightweight clothing for camp clothes or town clothes.

When planning your hike, play close attention to your clothing and its weight and functionality! Learn from my mistakes!

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