6 Gear Necessities for a Windy Hike
September 27, 2016 How to
Being exposed to the elements, such as wind and rain, is simply something you deal with while hiking. However, a windy hike can be absolutely deadly. If you are hiking in high elevations, during winter, or in an area known for high winds, being prepared could save your life. With proper gear, a windy hike can be tolerable.
To reduce your chance of being caught in deadly gusts, always check weather conditions before setting out on a hike or backpacking trip. There are a number of reasons why windy conditions can be uncomfortable to hike in. When exposed to windy conditions, wind burn on the skin, teary eyes, and runny nose occur, which could ruin a hike.
The items in this list are recommended because they all will prevent wind burn and chill during your windy hike, especially if temperatures are low. Please read more about hiking in the rain if conditions will be both windy and rainy.
1. Wind resistant jacket
A wind-resistant jacket is going to be your first defense and most crucial component against wind. Many rain jackets are made to be wind-resistant as well. These jackets have a hood, typically cinch at the wrist and waist, and are made of a wind protective material.
2. Buff or Bandana
A buff is a multi-use accessory. During a windy hike, a buff or bandana can protect your face from wind burn, keep your hair out of your face, or wipe away tears and snot if necessary. When it comes to wind and cold, your nose and eyes could become runny, making a bandana quite helpful.
When it comes to gloves, a pair of lightweight gloves are better than no gloves at all. If your hands are exposed to the wind, you might get wind burn, dry hands, or cracked hands. Gloves work as a protective layer and a warming layer.
4. Puffy or Fleece Jacket
Depending on the temperature on the windy day, an insulating, lightweight jacket may be necessary to keep you warm during your windy hike. Even if a jacket may be too hot to wear while hiking, it may be necessary during windy snack breaks.
Pants are recommended during a windy hike in order to prevent wind burn and chill. Hiking pants, rain pants, wind pants, or even leggings are better than bare skin.
6. Trekking Poles
When wind really become treacherous and dangerous, trekking poles come in handy. They can keep your stable and help you push through the windy conditions.
7. Beanie or Headband
What gear do you bring on a windy hike? Tell us your suggestions in the comments below!
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