Moisture drains heat from
your feet. Once your feet cool down, it takes a lot of
energy to re-warm damp socks and boots. Keep them
dry, keep them warm. Here are some tips:
- Block snow from your boot tops
with gaiters or snug-fitting pant cuffs.
- Carry a pair of
dry socks to change into.
- Consider vapor barrier liner
socks, a thin non-breathable layer added between a liner
sock and thicker outer sock. VBL socks prevent foot
moisture from escaping into your boots in the first place
and add significant warmth. Plastic bags will even work.
- Winter campers should bring their boots (or liner
boots) into their sleeping bag to avoid frozen morning
footwear. Put them in a plastic bag to keep moisture
out of the sleeping bag.
- To keep the chill out during
breaks or around camp, stand or rest your feet on a piece
of wood, which conducts cold much more slowly than
snow, ice, or rocks.
Labels: Boots, Socks, Winter