Who should attend?
Those who enjoy…
My Job Each Week:
Paying close attention to current weather, trail, road and canyon conditions. If unstable conditions occur I may not post hiking details online. Just come to the hike to find out where we are going.
Your Job Each Week:
Show up and come prepared for a wonderful winter hike! Those who hike with me regularly know that I will plan and prepare a very beautiful safe outing for everyone. They know I will be there and will tell them the details when they arrive. They know safety is always my top priority before deciding on a particular trail or canyon.
Regardless of the weather, there is always a hike. (I have several options for hikes that don’t require entering a canyon, if that is necessary.)
On the meetup site, the RSVP count is never correct. There are more people coming than what you see.
Attend our weekly PRE WINTER Hike Orientation to learn how to be warm and comfortable on every outings. 8 - 8:30 AM every Saturday prior to leaving on the hike.
ALL winter hikes accommodate beginner AND moderate abilities.
8 AM: Start gathering, welcome hikers, final instructions, arrange carpools as needed, any announcements.
8:30 AM: Leave for the trail
8:40 - 8:50 AM: Arrive at the trail
11:30 AM: Off the trail on or before this time. You are always invited to do a short hike instead if you prefer. Let me know at the meeting place. If a hike is longer than 11:30 AM I’ll post it in advance.
NEED SNOWSHOES, SPIKES*, SLED? I can help you!
(Snowshoes OR spikes are required each week during the winter hiking season.)
• *AVAILABLE for RENT from Sheryl:
• MSR Snowshoes: $10/pair/outing or class (Used with fresh soft snow)
• Kahtoola Micro Spikes*: $10/pair/outing (Used with packed down snow or ice)
• Zipfy Sled: $10/outing (my favorite sledding device)
*Spikes are a “slip on over the shoe” device for traction on ice and packed snow
Hiking Trail Conditions
Winter trails will either be snow packed, icy or fresh powder or a combination of everything. I will let you know in the subject line what is needed.
Do you need snowshoes or spikes? Bring $10 for rentals. I have rentals available. Contact me in advance if possible or just come!
What to bring
These are just some of my favorites. You can acquire several of these items without much money. Keep it simple and plan ahead. I can also help you prepare when we meet in person.
You don't need all of the following items for every hike, so no worries.
My goal is to help you 1) stay warm, dry and comfortable outdoors all winter long, regardless of the weather 2) get better acquainted with types of fabrics that are best to wear during the cold winter months.
Money saving tip: Once you get familiar with my favorite items, watch for these at outlets, closeouts, thrift stores, online garage sales/yard sales, etc.
• Neck Gaiter - My favorite: Smart Wool gaiter
• Lotion - Utah is dry and my skin easily dries out! My favorite: Cetaphil Lotion
• Top Thin Base Layer - My favorite: Helly Hansen Base Layer, any thin top with merino wool will be great! Look for merino wool even at Thrift Stores for very little money.
• Balaclava (Face Mask) - My favorite: For excellent face protection.
• Warm Gloves/Mittens - My favorite: Swany, Toaster, combination glove/mitten and super warm and comfortable the ENTIRE time I am hiking, skiing, sledding, etc.
• Hand/Toe/Body Warmers - My favorite: Wonder Warmers
• Snowshoes* - Need a pair? I rent these - see below. My favorite: MSR Snowshoes
• Down Jacket for Skiing/Hiking - My favorite: Columbia Jacket
• Sunglasses - Definitely needed on sunny days
• Backpack - I carry a little bigger backpack to put snowshoes or my Zipfy Sled in
• Camera -
• Cell phone - Keep my contact info: Sheryl 801-278-5313, however cell phone coverage is not always available.
• Poles - Favorite place to buy poles: The Gear Room. I use the same $15 pair of poles for downhill skiing, year round hiking and snowshoeing
• Small Duffle Bag - Get in the habit of finding and storing an assortment of valuable winter clothing/gear in this duffle bag.
• Hiking Shoes - My favorite: Keen for year round hiking.
• Traction while walking on ice/snow: My favorite: Kahtoola Micro Spikes*
• Socks - My favorite: Smart Wool, knee length
• Gators - For extra warmth and to keep snow out of your shoes or pants. Optional.
• Thermal Underwear - My favorite: Under Armour Base
• Hard Candy, Granola Bar, Fruit, etc. - Favorite Hard Candy: Werther's Original
• Shovel - My favorite: Voile Telepro Shovel
• Pants, Waterproof: My favorite: Marmot Precip Pants
• Kleenex Tissues - For a nose that may not stop running!
• Lantern - My favorite: Inflatable Solar Chargeable Lantern
• Sledding - Favorite Sled: Zipfy
(This link includes hiking tips for the Grand Canyon but they apply here as well)
Do not rely on physical strength alone, hiking smart will take you much farther.
Use this information to hike smart.
Winter Hiking Essentials
1 Food – especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.
2 First Aid Kit – bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.
3 Map – while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.
4 Water – plain and some with electrolyte replacement.
5 Pack – to carry the essentials.
6 Flashlight/Spare Batteries – allows you to hike out at night.
7 Appropriate Footwear - waterproof boots, gaiters to keep snow and mud out of your boots.
8 Over-the-shoe traction devices - it will only take a short and unexpected stretch of ice to make you glad you have extra traction.
9 Hiking Poles – to help with footing on icy trails.
1 Whistle and/or Signal Mirror – for emergency use, know how to use your equipment.
1 Waterproof/Warm Clothing – parka, hat, gloves for the snow and rain, plus an extra set of dry clothing – in case you get wet.
The Hazardous H
WATCH OUT FOR THIS HEALTH HAZARD!
HYPOTHERMIA - A life-threatening emergency where the body cannot keep itself warm, due to exhaustion and exposure to cold, wet, windy weather.
Symptoms: uncontrolled shivering, poor muscle control, careless attitude, confusion, exhaustion (even after rest).
Look for signs of the "umbles" - stumbling, mumbling, fumbling, grumbling.
Treatment: remove wet clothing and put on dry clothing, drink warm sugary liquids, warm victim by body contact with another person, protect from wind, rain, and cold. If re-warming is unsuccessful - seek help.
Avoid hypothermia by checking the latest weather and trail conditions, taking layered clothing for protection against cold and wet weather, eating frequently, replacing fluids and electrolytes by drinking before feeling thirsty, and avoiding exposure to wet weather.
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