DULUTH, MN — Cold temperatures don’t stop many of us from getting outdoors.
However, when getting outdoors in the winter months, there are factors you must consider that you wouldn’t have to in the summer.
“One of the things that people are usually really surprised about when we take them snowshoeing, or fat tire biking, is how fast your body temperature goes up,” says David Grandmaison, Co-Owner The Duluth Experience.
Aerobic activities will warm you up fast, so you want to be dressed warm–but not too warm. If you’re sweating, you need to remove layers.
“You’ll want to wear some sort of synthetic water-wicking base layer,” says Grandmaison. “Then you want to have a layer and that’s an insulating layer, fleece–try to avoid cotton at all cost.”
Before you even consider your outfit, make sure you know the area you will be exploring, and also make sure you talk to others about your trip.
“Actually the biggest thing that people forget to do is to tell somebody where you’re going,” says Grandmaison.
“If you’re going out on an adventure especially by yourself, going to want to tell somebody where you’re going to go and when they should expect you back.”
Tromping through the woods on snowshoes might not look like exercise, but you’ll work up a sweat, which is why it’s important to bring some water with you.
“It’s important to stay hydrated in the winter time. We don’t think about it because it’s not hot, but usually we associate thirst with.. heat,” explains Grandmaison. “But it’s easy to get dehydrated in the winter time, so it’s important to bring water with you.”
And on snowshoe trips with The Duluth Experience, your guide will bring a hot liquid for you to enjoy on the trail.
“Bust out a little hot cocoa. I got some nice chocolate hot cocoa here,” laughs Grandmaison. “It’s piping hot so be careful.”
The Duluth Experience will be having a “Wilderness Medical Workshop” this spring, providing medical training for outdoors enthusiasts.
Click here for details on the workshop.