In a few weeks’ time, the clocks go back, temperatures start to fall, days get shorter and walkers need to take even more care in the hills. Clear blue skies can change rapidly and windchill can sap energy and will. It’s not only those tackling airy mountain summits and ridges who need to be thinking hard about what to wear and what to pack in a rucksack as winter wraps around us but also walkers choosing less exposed routes. It’s always tempting to wrap up warmly and head off smartly but, if you’re not careful, it won’t be long before you’re hot, sweaty and uncomfortable.
The key to comfort is layers of clothing – a baselayer to shift moisture away from your skin where it would chill as it cools; a mid layer for insulating warmth and an outer layer that will offer protection from wind, rain and snow. As a cold wind can whisk away body heat carrying an extra warm layer makes sense as does a cosy hat and gloves. Avoid overheating by sticking to a comfortable pace and letting heat escape by quick simple ventilation options such as opening zips and cuffs and whipping off your hat.