Dec 06, 2013Quick winter hiking clothing test

Huaraches and woolen toe socks in the snow
Testing my woolen toe-socks in the snow. Copyright © 2013 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Ginger asked me to take some pictures of our Blue Bottle Trees in the snow.

With temperatures down to 18°F (-8°C) and six inches of snow on the ground, I thought it would be a good opportunity to check how my hiking clothing fared. I also thought it’d be fun to try out my huaraches and woolen toe socks in the snow. Ginger thought my choice of footwear was hysterical. So much so she was reduced to tears of laughter. Whatever. I wanted a chance to try the socks & huaraches out.

I was surprised, as only my hands got cold while I was out (no gloves and I was taking pictures). I layered up with a baselayer, windproof pants, shirt, fleece and my thinsulate hat. I was only out for fifteen minutes, so it doesn’t really qualify as a proper test, but, but with a jacket and gloves I’d have been fine hiking. My feet got damp but not cold. Some gaiters to keep the snow off my pants would be a good addition, and I’d love a light-weight down jacket.

After I’d finished and was knocking the snow off my socks, I couldn’t resist trying out the snow barefoot.

Barefoot in the snow
I had to check how it felt to go barefoot in the snow. Copyright © 2013 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Link: pictures of our Blue Bottle Trees in the snow

Copyright © 2013 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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