1. Keep dry! In all seasons, this means we use
"Gore-Tex" or breathable fabrics in all our stuff from
waders to jackets to hats. These materials help us to
keep cool in the summer and more importantly, in cool
or cold weather, the insulating layers underneath will
2. Wear layers of clothing. In warm weather, you can
peel off layers to better regulate temperature and wick
moisture away. In cold weather, the layers will trap more
air, insulating you better from the elements.
3. Get a good night's rest. The night before your trip
of a Lifetime, forget it, you will not sleep well. That's
not really a problem. Just try to relax anyway. Even if
you don't really sleep, you will gain energy (except at
4. Drink lots (of water). In hot weather, this is an
obvious recommendation. In cold weather, it's just as
important so that your body can function properly. We
often use sports drinks that have been diluted 50% to
keep up electrolytes.
5. Cotton is not always the best material for clothing.
A cotton t-shirt under a shirt can help to wick moisture
away in warm weather. Unfortunately, cotton takes a heck
of a long time to dry. In cool weather, I have never worn
cotton next to my skin. Further, I have never found a
useful application for jeans while out of doors.
6. Eat well. This means before and during an activity.
A standard logger's breakfast is good as it has fat,
complex carbs and very little sugar. Eating well usually
means a good breakfast, especially in hot weather. During
the day, if it's hot, snack on easily digestible stuff
like bagels, soups, pasta. In cold weather, eat often.
Preparing lunch for friends on the beach
7. Wear a hat. A good hat will keep the sun off your head,
face and the back of your neck in warm weather and keep heat
in during cold weather outings. We use wide brimmed
cracked wax hats in all seasons.
Dressed for the weather - We rotated on the #8 on a cold October morning
(and made a small camp fire on the beach too)
8. Bring spare clothes. In hot humid weather, it is an
utter pleasure to put on a clean fresh shirt at noon or
at the end of the day. In cold weather, a change of clothes
can mean the difference between a quick change or a miserable
trip home after a quick "dip" in the river.
9. In all weather, stay away from alcohol and caffeine.
They will both dehydrate you. In cold weather, they will
also lead to core temperature cooling.
10. Finally, go slow. This is supposed to be fun and
relaxing. So have fun. Take time out to snap a few pictures
or explore the trail up behind the lake. Make a (small) camp
fire to warm up and let the pool rest. Relax and prepare a
real meal instead of cold sandwiches.