Hiking Bear Hill Loop

Took a 2.3 mile hike in 12 degree weather today. Was a nice hike and really not all that cold for me.  I put one of my under shirts on Maggie as she does not have an under coat like Duke and she will get cold easier that he will.  Duke never gets cold he will sleep on top of the snow no problem but not Maggie so I helped her a little today,  Had a nice hot bowl of home made white bean and chicken soup after the hike.  There are some pictures and the GPS stats below.

Name: Track 092
Date: Jan 23, 2013 9:14 am
(valid until Jul 22, 2013)
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Distance: 2.27 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:14:36
Avg Speed: 1.8 mph
Max Speed: 5.8 mph
Avg Pace: 32′ 55″ per mile
Min Altitude: 256 ft
Max Altitude: 701 ft
Start Time: 2013-01-23T14:14:11Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41º 31′ 59″ N
Longitude: 72º 36′ 12″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 41º 31′ 59″ N
Longitude: 72º 36′ 12″ W

What to ware when hiking

Here are some tips on the different types of material clothes are made of and which might be the best.  I Prefer Wool mixed with some Synthetics, that seem to work the best for me..  I always use wool and nylon mix socks winter or summer…

Fabric Types

Cotton – This is the most commonly found fabric in your closet. It is soft, comfortable, and practical for everyday situations. However, it is not suitable for hiking. Cotton readily absorbs and retains water, leaving the hiker wet, which is a dangerous situation in both cold and hot weather. Wearing cotton socks is a particularly quick way to get blisters on the trail.

Wool – Some may remember with horror the days of wearing an itchy wool sweater. Wool used in outdoor clothing today is much softer to the touch, while still retaining the fabric’s many benefits. One of the nice properties of wool is that it wicks moisture away from the skin, making it an ideal fabric for socks and base layers. Even when wet, wool does an exceptional job retaining heat. This makes it particularly suitable for cooler weather. Another benefit of wool is that it does not tend to retain odors as much as synthetics do.

Synthetics – Today, the majority of sports clothing is made from synthetic fabrics. Synthetics encompass a wide array of slightly different materials that are specific to a brand. These materials are good at pulling moisture away from the skin and through itself where it can evaporate in the air.

Fleece – Fleece can be tightly woven to provide greater wind protection or knitted loftier for additional warmth. Many environmentally-conscious hikers enjoy fleece since companies frequently recycle old plastic bottles to create this fabric.


Be Prepared When Hiking

For all my hiking friends out there,  hiking is dangerous and you need to be prepared for what could happen all the time. Yes I am big on being prepared for the unexpected. I Always carry a back pack which weighs about 10 to 15 lbs. It would be easier to hike with out it but it has saved my life once already. I Cut my leg after hurricane Irene with a machete clearing the trail. I Cut a small artery just below my knee. I Had everything I need in my pack to stop the bleeding on the spot. I Walked out of the woods about a half mile to my car and drove myself to the hospital. If I did not have the ability to stop the bleeding which was squirting out of me I would have bleed to death before help could have got there. Hiking is fun but please know the dangers and be prepared.

cut leg 9-1-11