- No cotton please, it dries very slowly and holds moisture
next to your skin.
- Go to the bathing suit dept. for hiking shorts. Columbia makes
water shorts with a built in liner (no underwear needed), which
are very water repellent and dry very quickly.
- If you have problems with thigh chafing, you may want to choose
Lykra shorts which are tight around the thigh thus preventing
- In winter, the tried and true layering system applies here.
I like a thin smartwool base, a middle insulating layer, and
an outer water repellent, breathable shell.
- Your clothing should always be in a waterproof bag such as
the 10 X 21 Silnylon stuff sack from Equinox.
- Wash your clothing as often as possible, clean clothes feel
better and wear better. They are also warmer as the accumulated
oils in dirty clothing reduce their loft and conduct heat away
from the body.
- While hiking keep a bandana wrapped around one of your front
straps where it is immediately available.
- Summer Hat: wear a broad rimmed hat with a strap like the
Tilly, or Ultimate Hat. Gives us glasses wearers better protection
from blowing rain and sun protection all the way around for
- For a clothes line twist a double rope before tying between
trees. The twists will hold your clothes like clothes pins.
- Here is a choice for you to make. One argument goes; wear
dark clothing because it dries faster, another says wear light
clothing because it is less attractive to bugs. For me, the
argument for light colors has won this argument. If hiking in
tick country, definitely go with light colored clothing because
it is easier to spot these critters. Dry it quickly by laying
on dark colored rocks in the sun.
- Be sure to tighten the tiny connecting screws on your glasses
before leaving home. You can also apply Locktite Threadlocker
to prevent the screws from working loose.
- See Clothing on the notes page for more specific information
about what I take for three season hiking.