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Winter Clothing. Winter School 2001. Why Is Clothing an Issue?. Humans can’t normally survive in low temperatures Weather in the mountains is particularly fickle Temperature Precipitation Wind Your activity level varies throughout the day Active Resting Sleeping. Your Clothing Must….

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Winter clothing

Winter Clothing

Winter School 2001


Why is clothing an issue

Why Is Clothing an Issue?

  • Humans can’t normally survive in low temperatures

  • Weather in the mountains is particularly fickle

    • Temperature

    • Precipitation

    • Wind

  • Your activity level varies throughout the day

    • Active

    • Resting

    • Sleeping


Your clothing must

Your Clothing Must…

  • Keep trapped warm air next to you

  • Protect you from wind and precipitation

  • Keep you as dry as possible (wicking)

  • Be a flexible layering system

  • Keep you warm even when wet


Cotton kills

Cotton Kills

  • Absorbs water like a sponge

  • Water is slow to evaporate

  • Fibers shrink when wet; ability to trap air and thus insulate is lost

  • Poor wind protection


Cotton kills part ii

Cotton Kills (Part II)

Steve Howard, LANL


Clothing must be versatile

Clothing must be Versatile!

  • Dress like an onion

YOU

Wicking

Layer

Warm

Insulating

Layer

Shell

Layer

Cold


Wicking layer

Wicking Layer

Moves moisture away from skin

  • Silk

  • Polypropylene (Cool-Max, Capilene)

  • Polyester

  • Spandex, Lycra

    Expensive = Less smelly...


Insulating layer

Insulating Layer

Think volume- many thin layers

  • Fleece - light, water resistant, medium bulk

  • Wool - bulky, scratchy, water resistant, heavy

  • Down - light, compressible, NOT water-resistant


Shell layer

Shell Layer

Wind and/or Water Barrier

  • Nylon

  • Coated nylon

  • Gore-Tex (or other spinoff DWR products)


Accessories

Accessories

Little Stuff That Matters

  • Mittens & Gloves (layering)

  • Hats, balaclavas, neck gaiters

  • Socks (single vs. two layer)

  • Gaiters

  • Goggles


Footwear

Footwear

  • Mouse boots

  • Sorels or Kamiks

  • Leather mountaineering boots

  • Plastic boots

You will encounter ankle deep mud, slush, and water.

Sneakers and Gore-Tex hiking boots don’t cut it.


Winter clothing

$$$$$

  • Clothing is not something MITOC rents, so you’ll have to get it on your own.

  • Get items that fit and will last. They can be found cheaply, if you look.

  • Check out the MITOC Links page for info on web sites and local stores.


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