Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Dealing with wet snow?
Yesterday I went snowshoeing in less than ideal conditions, and would love some clothing advice.
My staple route (4+ hours round trip) involves a lot of uphill for the first half, so winter or summer I sweat a lot going up. Normally I change into a dry layer near the peak, and am fine on the way down.
Yesterday's conditions involved lots of wet snow and wind, while breaking trail and navigating 3ft+ deep channels cut by recent rain (extra exertion = extra perspiration). My problem was I could stay warm but not dry.
My gore-tex wet out after the first hour. I only had a t-shirt and a thin long-sleeved shirt under, and I was chill, but still sweating. I then switched to a thin fleece and my more breathable DWR wind jacket, as with altitude I'd hoped to get dryer snow, but while warmer got soaked even more. My legs I usually wear wind pants over my regular pants for snowy conditions, but in wet flurries they soak through, and yesterday that was after 1.5 hours. I didn't try my goretex pants as I figured they'd be much warmer and I'd still get soaked (from sweat). If it hadn't been so windy I'd have pulled out my poncho, though there was a bit of bushwacking too where that wouldn't have worked.
Is there a good way to dress for this kind of weather? I suppose if I was in better shape and go a bit slower I might have an easier time staying dry, but as I'm usually going with limited time I tend to push harder on hikes.
Last edited by Lythe; 12-13-2015 at 11:53 PM.