Wool Clothing

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 […]

Rob West’s Wool Sweater

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 […]


It may not seem intuitive, but wearing 2 pair of socks is an effective method for wicking moisture away from your feet to keep your feet warm and prevent blisters. Not two hiking socks, but rather a synthetic or wool liner and a thick synthetic or wool outer sock.

Liner Socks: Wearing a liner sock […]