The last time the Wanderbirds had to cancel our bus charters for an extended period, the reason was World War II and its associated gas rationing. The coronavirus has necessitated canceling our bus since mid-March, with no way to predict when we may safely start up again.
Please check back with our website as our Board of Directors continues to monitor the situation and can recommend ways that the Wanderbirds may re-institute group hikes safely. We realize it’s more important than ever to exercise and get outside, and encourage hikers to do so on their own, following CDC guidelines on distancing, sanitizing, and masks.
Thanks for your patience and please stay safe, Susan Whiteman Wanderbirds President
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