Monday, November 26, 2018

Notes on Winter Clothing

A friend from the East Coast sent along her surplus hats and mittens. In a good year, Seattle supports a four-season wardrobe, but there are circumstances when sturdy wool outerwear is a welcome resource. It doesn't make sense for most hiking, because weight is a meaningful variable when one is carrying all the essentials of life support. For day use in the field, though, when close to home or vehicle, a thick resilient layer of fire-resistant fiber that stays warm when wet is just the ticket.

Stout wool blocks wind, insulates, and protects from thorns and branches. The gear my friend sent will be serving its second generation of users, melting without a ripple into an inventory acquired dearly thirty years ago. The kids are proud of their heirlooms, and I'm grateful that they are -30-

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