Get The Right Clothes For Mountain Climbing

Published: 09th April 2009
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If it's your first time to go to mountain climbing, the clothes you bring can ultimately make your experience pleasant...or unpleasant, especially if you plan to stay overnight or longer. Here's what you should know about mountain climbing clothes to make your first hike fun and safe at the same time.

Tip #1 Use the Weather as a Guideline The mountain climbing clothes you bring must subscribe to the dictates of the present weather. Obviously, spring and summer requires you to dress lightly while fall and winter requires you to bring warm clothing.

Tip #2 It's Different on Top Of course, even while you're choosing clothes according to the season's requirements, do remember that the temperature on top is always colder or cooler compared to what's below. As such, even though you're in the middle of a heat wave, the weather is still slightly colder on top. Bring a coat or jacket just in case you get chilled.

Tip #3 Wear Wool as a Rule Wool is the best fabric to wear when going mountain climbing because it keeps you warm without feeling too sweaty. Wool is also comfortable to the skin. If, however, you don't like the feel of wool, you may also wear mountain climbing clothes made of silk.

In any case, whatever you wear must be durable enough to stand the tortures of rough terrain but flexible enough for you to be able to tear by hand if necessary. Remember how people in the movies often tear off strips from their clothing to use them as makeshift bandages? That could happen to you, too, so it's best to wear something that you won't need to use a pair of scissors on.

Tip #4 Layers, Layers, Layers Whatever season you'll be mountain climbing, it's important to dress in layers. If possible, have at least three layers of clothing. This will keep you better protected and sufficiently warm from harsh weather conditions.

Tip #5 The Importance of Weatherproof Jackets Nowadays, waterproof or windbreaker jackets are no longer enough. If you want maximum protection while mountain climbing, use weatherproof jackets. This will allow you to stay relatively dry even in the midst of heavy torrents of rain or strong gusts of wind.

Tip #6 Additional Accessories And lastly, don't forget to provide coverings for the most vulnerable and exposed parts of your face and body. Wear gloves - made from either leather or wool - and use a scarf, cap, and if possible, a face mask as well.

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