WOLVERINE TRACKING PROJECT
DRESSING FOR THE SNOW
Cotton clothing is not suitable for winter outdoor use in this area! Cotton, when wet, does not insulate. Instead, it actually speeds up the rate at which you lose body heat. ALWAYS WEAR wool or synthetic clothes!!
Think layers. Several thinner layers are better than one thick layer, because you can remove or put on layers as needed to regulate your temperature. The best dressing includes: long underwear tops and bottoms (non-cotton, of course), warm pants and shirt (non-cotton, of course), warm sweater, shell jacket and pants that are waterproof and breathable. A large percentage of your heat is lost through your head. ALWAYS bring a warm hat. Snow boots and mittens/gloves complete the outfit. Many people also like to wear a scarf or neck gaiter.
Participants should also carry the "10 essentials” - safety gear that could save your life in an emergency.
The 10 essentials are:
Map (supplied by Cascadia Wild)
Flashlight or Headlamp **
Matches (in waterproof container) **
Pocket Knife **
Starred items are included in a safety kit that can be checked out from Cascadia Wild. Let us know the day of the trip if you need one.
OTHER NECESSARY GEAR
Water and lunch
HELPFUL GEAR TO HAVE
Sunscreen (snow reflects the sun, increasing its brightness)
Ski poles/ Walking stick
Gaiters (shell for the lower leg)
Journal and pencil/pen
Personal bathroom kit (ex- toilet paper)
Dry change of clothes for the ride home