February 2022: A Note From Diane
Febrrrrrruary trails can be exasperating, depending on where you live. Here, it’s been colder than normal so layering up is occurring with gusto.
But here’s some good news about February hiking.
With the longer days as we hurtle toward Solstice, you have an open door to snowshoeing. That’s why this month I’m sharing my snowshoe guides.
Also on deck for you: a hut-to-hut hiking map, hiking robots, and a new giveaway… along with more hiking related stuff that caught my attention this month.
Let’s jump in!
More daylight and milder weather mean plenty of snowshoeing opportunities. If you’ve been cloistered indoors thus far in 2022, it’s time to get out there.
But a snow covered summer trail feels a lot different, and you’ll need to prepare with a different gear list along with different expectations.
Luckily, I wrote it all down for you.
HUT TO HUT HIKING MAP
The United States is not known for its hut to hut hiking opportunities.
Or is it?
You decide, after viewing this resource: a North American map of hut systems (at least 3 backcountry huts accessible by human power only).
And what exactly is counted as a “hut”? Cabins, yurts and lodges.
Sounds like a useful resource for any hiker to have, doesn’t it? Here it is:
HIKING ROBOT IS A REALITY
Sure, it can hike.
But can it carry my backpack?
Science dot org gives you the details:
NEW HFH GIVEAWAY
This month, another great hiking guide book specific to the Pacific NW can be yours.
If you plan to hike in Washington State, live there, need a gift for a PNW hikers, or are curious about the history of fire lookouts in western WA, check out this new book:
Leslie Romer’s Lost Fire Lookout Hikes and Histories: Olympic Peninsula and Willapa Hills.
Read my review here:
Sign up before February 2022 ends for your chance to win a paperback copy of this book:
Here is a current list of National Parks that are going to require 2022 reservations:
Glacier, Arches, Zion, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, Haleakala and Arcadia.
So if you’re headed there in 2022, be sure you have the right paperwork to avoid disappointment.
All the details are found at this website:
HIKER PREPAREDNESS RESEARCH
I just read an interesting research study entitled “A Survey of Hiker Habits in New Hampshire”.
Safety is something we discuss a lot in our Over Forty Hiker group, so I’m always trying to learn a few new tricks to share.
In that spirit, here are the highlights of what this study reports, along with my comments in parentheses:
1. Underprepared hikers tend to be younger, less fit, and inexperienced. The most prepared? Those in the 50 to 59 years of age group. (Could this be a result of more risk taking due to lack of knowledge and/or the bullet proof mentality of young hikers?)
2. An important factor that leads to rescues is perceiving short trips as less risky. (The “it’s only a day hike” syndrome is alive and well, despite my best efforts to provide free and thorough information on the Hiking For Her website.)
3. Better prepared individuals may be able to avoid emergency medical services activation. (Get that first aid training and
carry a well stocked medical kit.)
Read the research details here:
NEW HFH RESOURCES FOR YOU
As a hiker in an aging body (as we all are, if you think about it), I am constantly faced with the realities of chronic soreness, lack of flexibility, and reduced stamina.
I’ve tried many tools over the years to maintain my trail readiness, and here I share a year long (and counting) experiment with adding weekly yoga sessions to my training.
I’m also a fan of carrying hiking gear that pulls double or triple duty.
A hiking umbrella is an example of multipurpose gear (think UV rays, wind, rain, snow, impromptu shade).
Read why it may (or may not) make sense to carry one on your 2022 hikes:
Two months in, on 2-22-22
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Thanks for reading all the way through to the end. Your diligence says good things about you as a hiker :)
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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