Q: “I’m keen to get into the outdoors over the winter and run, bike and hike. What tips have you got in terms of kit/other needs/ requirements?” Terry Jones, by e-mail
A: Admittedly UK climate in winter will be a problem however keep in mind there’s no such factor as dangerous climate, simply poor equipment decisions! With current big steps ahead in know-how and clothes, there actually is not any excuse to not get outdoors all yr spherical and at any time of day. Firstly get your self a good set of lights. Modern head torches are improbable and good worth, particularly when you store on-line. Most of them will double up for bike lights and while I wouldn’t hassle highway biking at the hours of darkness (primarily for security causes), I really like nothing greater than mountain biking on a chilly crisp winter’s evening. I’m proud to say I’ve by no means been on a turbo and hopefully by no means will. Just get out!
There appears to be the unusual false impression on this nation that when it’s darkish within the winter which means it’s poor climate. That’s not true. Clothing is in fact essential. Base layers are at all times a good suggestion and Buffs are nice. Take time to decide on the appropriate jacket figuring out that if it says it’s breathable, waterproof, windproof and light-weight it’s in all probability not precisely telling the reality. It’s probably you’ll need to sacrifice a type of 4, particularly when you don’t wish to break the financial institution.
GPS is invaluable and most trendy telephones have apps that may assist you right here. I additionally love my spikes – light-weight crampons that you simply put over your operating or climbing sneakers. They’ve obtained me out of bother on the mountains on a number of events. I’d argue that hydration in winter is extra vital that in summer time, primarily because it’s straightforward to assume that in winter you don’t must drink and that you simply’re not sweating. So undertake the standard guidelines and so long as you’re not making the snow yellow (when you needed to wee outdoors) that’s high-quality!
Invest in an honest operating and climbing rucksack you could additionally use while mountain biking – however do examine that it’s comfy regardless of the exercise.
Finally, why not have a good time the winter as a substitute of simply attempting to smile and bear it? Ski touring makes for an outstanding day’s journey and trendy wetsuits imply you may surf the winter waves in heat. With thought, planning and with the appropriate gear the change of seasons can usher in a “can do” angle and never a “can’t do that” one.