Winter Winds: Warnings and Tips

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Robbie Crouse
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Re: Winter Winds: Warnings and Tips

Post by Robbie Crouse » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:42 am

This is a great thread. I'll also recommend that masks that have to be taken completely off in order to drink/eat are really unhelpful; they lose whatever effectiveness they had while on when you have to take them off. I use several buffs that can be loosely put over my mouth and nose. Goggles, too, are a must.

One thing I'll add, too, is the irony about wind in the winter. The places that are often most avalanche safe are also windiest: tops of ridges, spines/ribs, or west facing slopes which scour the snow or keep facets from developing. Although winter wind is the worst, it's also the thing keeping you safe from being buried under snow.
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Re: Winter Winds: Warnings and Tips

Post by Gandalf69 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:50 am

Hiker Mike wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:57 pm
One tip I figured out early, thankfully not the hard way, was to always have a carbineer on the outside of my pack in order to clip my shell to while changing layers. I've been in very windy situations while changing layers and it sure gave some peace of mind to know my jacket wasn't going anywhere.

I always bring extra gloves because I had the wind blow mine away a couple years ago when changing layers. Learning the hard way sucks but I haven't had it happen again
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Re: Winter Winds: Warnings and Tips

Post by Barnold41 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:43 am

I use a TurtleFur winter totally tubular with the thinner summer version underneath and it works well. The thin one takes most of the moisture and the thicker one doesn't freeze up because of that, plus they dry out relatively quickly compared to wool buffs. If it's crazy cold, I might use a wool one around my neck but never over my face.

Also, hand warmers are amazing.
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