Staying Warm in the Winter

What: Winter Skills and Gear Forum

Interested in trying winter hiking/snowshoeing/cross-country skiing but feel intimidated? Or perhaps you didn’t know if you have the right kind of clothing. Come out on a Monday night to hear from an experienced winter hiker about how to dress for success when the temperature dips below freezing.

Outdoor writer and winter enthusiast Alan Wechsler will talk about proper clothing for winter travel and how to get equipment cheaply. He’ll discuss the art of layering and will list what every hiker should have for a successful winter outing.  He’ll offer ideas for places to go to pick up cheap equipment — you don’t need $400 Patagonia Gore-Tex shells or a Michelin Man-style down jacket.   He will also discuss winter safety and other equipment that’s vital in winter, such as a headlamp, fire starter, a foam mat, thermos and other suggestions.

Alan will be making an equipment list to give out, so contact Alan, by phone at: 426-3819 home or 423-7097 cell, so he’ll know how many to make!

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When: January 11, 2010 6:00 PM

Where: The venue has changed to accommodate a larger crowd. 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 at the Albany Public Library main branch. This is a room for 150 people, so no limit on participants.  Should take an hour to 90 minutes. Afterward those who want to can go out for drinks at Bombers on Lark Street (four-block walk) or we can drive to the Pump Station for drinks.

Directions: The library is located at 161 Washington Ave. in downtown Albany, just east of Lark Street. Park on the street in front or in back of the building. There is also a dedicated parking lot in back, but it’s a little tricky to get to. 427-4300. The program will be held in the main room in the back of the first floor of the library.


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