When people experience cold feet and hands in the mountains, there is a common misconception that thicker socks and gloves can keep their feet and hands warm. But, this is not really true. The truth is that thicker socks will only make your feet feel colder.
According to All But Essential Travel, there are several things you can do for your feet and hands to stay warm as you walk and climb in winter.
Before you go shopping for more socks and gloves, first, you should base layers for your extremities. Remember that sweat is your enemy, specifically for feet that can sweat on fast and steep ascents.
You can use very thin sock under your thicker pair as this can make a big difference. This thin sock will wick away sweat from your skin so when you lessen your exertion levels, your feet will stay dry and warm.
It is also bad to constrict blood flow. Too small gloves, crampon straps that are cranked on the soft boots, and straps of walking pole can all restrict blood flow that will result to cold feet and hands. Consider these things and adjust your equipment and clothing accordingly.
As the warm blood moves from the core of your body through the limbs, it can get much closer to the skin’s surface and start cooling. It specifically takes place around the wrists and ankles where arteries are found near the skin.
Blood cannot warm the extremities unlike if the areas stay exposed to elements or are not properly insulated.
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Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.
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