Tips for Winter Hiking Rookies

By Violeta Yas
2/3/2013 10:14:40 AM

When the thermometer drops and there's snow on the ground, many people try to stay indoors as much as possible. But taking a hike and exploring the beauty of winter can be a very exciting form of exercise, although it does require some preparation.

For starters, study local maps and make sure you research the area. Checking the weather and local avalanche forecast are also musts. Properly layering will help you stay dry and warm, and also make sure you pack the essentials: extra food and water, a flashlight, first-aid, and a map, among other things.