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DEC. 20, 2018

Opt Outside This Winter

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Camp Program Manager, Anna Lauria, and Camp Program Marketing Manager,
Sara Gerall visited a cold and snowy Everest Base Camp this Fall!

As soon as the weather turns chilly, I find myself indoors with a book and a hot cup of tea rather than going for my usual after dinner walk. I forgo a Saturday hike in the woods for a day of cooking and warmth indoors. Even those of us who love winter sports and cooler weather may have a harder time getting out the door. Whether nature acts as a de-stressor, motivator, or a place for self reflection, it is integral to our health year round.

Here are some tips for outdoor fun this winter:

Learn the art of layering. Your first layer should be a lightweight moisture wicking layer (think silk, merino wool, polyester – not cotton). This serves to keep sweat off your core. Your next layer (or layers) should be for warmth and insulation (a puffy vest or fleece layer). Your outermost layer is your wind and rain resistant shell or jacket. If you are dressing for high intensity outdoor activity, it is best to find a breathable material, like nylon.

Make time for your favorite winter activity. For me, this is skiing. I plan ahead to make the most out of my day on the slopes.

Schedule play dates at the park with your children’s friends. This gives you vitamin D, exercise, and social time, too.

Plan a specific winter nature trip. I find that I am much more willing to brave the cold if I’m doing something that I don’t normally get to do; take a trip to a local outdoor skating rink or holiday market.

Check your local state forests for winter hours and pick out shorter hikes that are close by. You still get your outside time without committing to long hours in the cold.

Put the full moon or other celestial events on your calendar in advance. For example, this Friday night and Saturday morning is the Ursids Meteor shower!   

Wear an Eagle’s Nest shirt while you adventure and tag us in your photos on social media, @hanteadventures!

Happy Winter Frolicking!

By Anna Lauria