Wool has long been the traditional favorite of outdoorsmen. Wool is a natural fiber composed primarily of keratin, a protein found also in hair, fingernails and animal hooves. Sheep serve as the primary source of wool for clothing. Wool has several qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped, it has […]
Gloves provide a covering for individual fingers, but wearers do not derive much benefit from natural body heat. While gloves have separate coverings for four fingers and the thumb, mittens have one covering for all of the fingers and one for the all important opposable thumb. Mittens thus provide a pocket of warmth over the […]
When taking off for a hike during the winter one always has decisions to make. Do I start off wearing extra clothes knowing that in 10 minutes I will have to stop and shed layers? Or do I start off with fewer clothes knowing that, once hiking, I will warm up comfortably. In either case […]
I have gone on winter camping trips with Rob since January 2002. The picture below depicts Ian, Mark and Rob at a rest break during the hike into Puffer Pond. Ian is hydrating, which is good, Mark is looking pretty chipper, and we can see Rob, although he has his back turned to us, modeling […]
There is widespread misconception regarding heat loss through one’s head. You have probably heard one or more of these myths:
If your feet are cold, cover your head. You can lose up to 75% of your body heat through your head alone.
Although 13-16% of the blood volume is in the head at any given […]
I am 6’4″ and 220 lbs. I have to buy tall clothing. There aren’t many vendors that sell quality outdoor gear in truly tall sizes. First Ascent is one vendor that makes tall clothing true to size. I received First Ascent’s Nail Driver Soft Shell Pants as a present from my wife. These are great […]