Your face is at risk for frostbite in bitter
cold and freezing wind, especially in above-treeline winter conditions. To fully protect it, you need two things: a
facemask and goggles.
This column originally appeared in the print edition of AMC Outdoors along with the column "Warm Thoughts: Protect your head and neck from the cold."
- A good mask fits snug against your
face and nose with no gaps whatsoever; the smallest exposed
sliver will rapidly frostbite in severe winter conditions.
- Be wary of facemasks integrated with a fleecy neck gaiter
or balaclava. They seldom fit well.
- Larger goggles offer
a better field of view and good ventilation that minimizes
fogging; higher-end models feature double lenses that
further reduce fogging.
- A variety of anti-fogging products
are available. They all help, but none work perfectly.
- Amber, orange, or yellow lenses enhance contrast; gray
lenses provide true color transmission.
- In strong winds,
placing the goggle strap over your jacket hood helps keep
the hood securely in place.
- Test your face system before
you crest treeline. You will have no time to fiddle with it
once you enter the winter alpine zone.
(Photograph by iStock.)
Labels: Hats, Hiking, Winter