How to Enjoy Ziplining When It’s Cold
February 23, 2021
With the winter months in full swing, it’s easy look at the forecast or step outside and let out a big “nope” before going back into coffee and Netflix. Especially at the thought of zipping through the air on a canopy tour. But with a little preparation, zip lining can be a fun experience- even in the winter. Canaan Zipline Canopy Tour runs tours all season long and we’ve compiled our tried and true techniques we use to stay warm on the course.
Multiple thin layers– Layers, whether thick or thin, work by trapping air that your body heat warms. Each layer you add creates another pocket of air to heat. So, more layers = more pockets of warm air = a toastier you. While zip-line harnesses aren’t best suited for thick layers, they do fit well with several thin layers. An ideal arrangement would first be a long sleeve shirt, a sweater, and then a zip-up fleece or soft shell.
Several layers also give you the option to take off a layer if you get too warm or add it back if you need a little more heat. With one big bulky coat you either have it on or you don’t, making it hard to make smaller adjustments to find your ideal comfort zone.
- Head– A thin beanie, often called a “skull cap,” can fit comfortably under a helmet. Keeping your head and ears warm can make a huge difference in your experience
- Hands– Hand warmers, like these, in your pocket, go a long way. They’re inexpensive and add an awesome element of warmth in your pocket for your hands. Or you can opt for fancier rechargeable ones like these.
- Face– A plus for facemasks! Wearing a gaiter not only helps keep your face warm, it also covers your neck for an added layer of warmth.
- Legs– Just like anywhere else, layers go a long way in keeping your legs warm. Leggings, base layers, or just sweats underneath jeans will help keep the cold out and warm in.
- Feet– Good wool socks are an important staple to keep you comfortable. You can also find foot warmers that function the same as hand warmers. You simply open them, press the sticky side to your sock or inside your shoes and your little piggies are warm and cozy.
- Stay hydrated– When it’s cold, drinking water doesn’t always come to mind. But even when it’s cold, your body is using fluids that need to be replenished. And while it’s nice to sip on that warm cup of coffee when it’s chilly out, water will always be your best option for staying hydrated.
With these tips in mind, you can begin to figure out how many layers and what types work best for you. Taking these extra steps to prep can cover most of your clear weather outdoor pursuits when it comes to your clothing. But even if you follow these tips, keep in mind that everyone is different and every experience is different. Learn from others, but find what works best for you.
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