Winter winds are blowing and temperatures continue to change dramatically. Warm sunshine brightens the morning air, however the sun is deceiving and the bitter cold permeates one’s bones. Today, as I head for the high country, I am well prepared, wearing a soft-shell, North Face performance-fit jacket over two layers of thermal silk leggings, a cotton top and wool sweater. Thermal insulated boots, a snug fitting wool cap and to pairs of gloves complete my prospecting ensemble.
Dressing to meet the challenges of the elements is imperative to both comfort and survival. Practiced by miners, hunters and wilderness explorers for centuries, the multi-layered clothing system is the time tested way to support peak efficiency, protect your body from the elements and keep you comfortable regardless of changes in the weather.
Dressing in layers allows you to utilize the items of your outdoor wardrobe in ways best suited to keeping you protected and your body temperature regulated. Each layer of clothing can be removed or added as conditions change.
Heavy exertion can lead to overheating and excessive perspiration that can dampen clothing. Wet clothing looses its ability to retain heat. The ability to dress according to weather conditions is the key to body heat regulation, optimal comfort and survival.
Experienced woodsmen, will often wear relatively light clothing while exerting themselves in cold weather. They will pace themselves to limit the amount of sweat produced by their their labors so that the layer against their skin does not become wet. Removing clothing layers when your are too warm, and adding layers as the body cools will provide safety and comfort.
Keeping cool and dry is the secret to survival. Avoid becoming dehydrated, chilled, wet or exhausted which can lead to hypothermia.
Constructed from lightweight, breathable material, North Face Jackets block the wind and light precipitation to keep you warm and comfortable, even at high altitudes.