Words by: Rachel Pohl
We all know in theory that layering makes for happier hiking. But why exactly is it so important to have the right gear for these warm summer months?
As the days grow longer and we seek out bigger days in the mountains, the temperatures we experience also fluctuate significantly. High output in sunny weather means moisture wicking, quick drying layers are essential, especially because cool mornings, evenings, and unpredictable summer storms can leave us exposed without the right layers. It’s easy to get swept up in beautiful days and forget that being comfortable as we hike also correlates with being safe.
I’m excited to share a few key layering pieces that will ensure your hikes this summer are spent focusing only on the nature around you and the task at hand. Because when you have the right gear, it works perfectly together as a system so you are comfortable in any conditions the day may throw at you.
As summer progresses, my go-to down and shell will progress to be even thinner and lighter, but until then I am still happily utilizing my more all-season, versatile insulation and outer layers.
In addition to insulating and waterproof layers, always remember to check the weather forecast before going out, bring adequate food, water, a headlamp, first aid kit, and know your route. Be aware of your personal level of fitness, and above all, be sure to thoroughly enjoy yourself.
And if you’re anything like me… don’t forget your sketch book! Taking a minute to really enjoy the view by drawing or painting it is an amazing way to connect with the landscape around you.