Message from the Wanderbirds President
January 2021

Wanderbirds’ Hikes Remain Canceled Until Further Notice
 

With the coming of the new year I know we’re all hoping we’re on the road back to normal, at least for hiking with the Wanderbirds. Realistically, it will still be some months before we can explore chartering a bus again, and the Board has discussed starting out with car pool hikes. This could happen as early as this summer, as people become vaccinated and hopefully infection rates fall.

In the meantime, we are not accepting new memberships until club-sponsored hikes are resumed. We will maintain the membership roster as it stands.

Many resources are available for exploring hikes on your own. Many of our members like the book 60 Hikes within 60 miles: Washington, D.C. by Paul Elliott; as well as websites such as www.hikingupward.com and www.hikingproject.com .

We've missed you all, and appreciate your patience. Please stay safe.

Susan Whiteman
Wanderbirds President

Cold Weather Tips

Winter is often a beautiful time of year to hike. The leafless trees open up vistas and views; ice takes many intriguing forms on the trails and trees, and can be absolutely magical as it encrusts branches and glistens in the sun.
Our first snow of the season is a reminder for us to review cold-weather hiking tips.

Layering our clothing, starting with a good base layer (wool and synthetics—no cotton) and working outwards to a windproof jacket allows us to keep in warmth, and peel off layers as the day warms or we start to sweat.
Hats (and scarf) - So important, as we lose around 70% of our body heat from our head and neck
Gloves - and glove liners (layering!)
Glove warmers
An extra pair of socks – a good idea any time of the year in case yours get wet
Micro-spikes for boots to help guard against slipping
Gaiters can keep snow from getting into boots
Sunglasses & sunscreen – that sun can be bright on the snow and still burn
Headlamp – and extra batteries
A reflective blanket for extra warmth if delayed or injured and may need to wait for help
Snacks – high energy such as nuts, dried fruit
Hydrate – important in the winter too, as dehydration fosters hypothermia; don’t let your water bottle, or tubing freeze; consider a thermos with hot chocolate, coffee, or tea
Hike with a partner and let others know where you are going – always a good idea
Consider hiking more slowly so you don’t sweat.
Avoid sitting on cold rocks or snow (that will pull away heat)
If you start to shiver – it’s time to head to the closest warm place