Q: “I’m keen to get into the outdoors over the winter and run, bike and hike. What tips have you got in terms of kit/other needs/ requirements?” Terry Jones, by e mail
A: Admittedly UK climate in winter could be a problem however keep in mind there’s no such thing as dangerous weather, just poor package decisions! With current big steps ahead in know-how and clothes, there actually is not any excuse to not get outdoors all yr spherical and at any time of day. Firstly get your self a good set of lights. Modern head torches are unbelievable and good value, particularly for those who shop on-line. Most of them will double up for bike lights and whilst I wouldn’t hassle street biking at the hours of darkness (primarily for security reasons), I really like nothing more than mountain biking on a chilly crisp winter’s night time. I’m proud to say I’ve by no means been on a turbo and hopefully never will. Just get out!
There seems to be the unusual false impression on this nation that when it’s darkish in the winter meaning it’s poor climate. That’s not true. Clothing is in fact crucial. Base layers are all the time a good suggestion and Buffs are great. Take time to decide on the suitable jacket figuring out that if it says it’s breathable, waterproof, windproof and light-weight it’s in all probability not precisely telling the truth. It’s doubtless you’ll should sacrifice a type of four, especially for those who don’t need to break the bank.
GPS is invaluable and most trendy phones have apps that may aid you right here. I also love my spikes – lightweight crampons that you simply put over your operating or climbing footwear. They’ve obtained me out of hassle on the mountains on several occasions. I might argue that hydration in winter is more essential that in summer time, primarily as it’s straightforward to assume that in winter you don’t have to drink and that you simply’re not sweating. So undertake the standard guidelines and as long as you’re not making the snow yellow (in case you needed to wee outdoors) that’s fantastic!
Invest in an honest operating and mountaineering rucksack which you can additionally use whilst mountain biking – but do verify that it’s snug whatever the activity.
Finally, why not rejoice the winter as an alternative of just making an attempt to smile and bear it? Ski touring makes for an outstanding day’s adventure and trendy wetsuits mean you'll be able to surf the winter waves in heat. With thought, planning and with the fitting gear the change of seasons can usher in a “can do” angle and never a “can’t do that” one.