Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Norwegian Art of Layering

I've got outdoor gear on my mind these days. Why? First, here in Minnesota it was a cold and snowy April that seemed to drag on forever. And second, I'm headed to Northern Norway in a few weeks, where I'm expecting more brisk weather. Fortunately, I learned a lot while editing Carter Walker's article about the Norwegian art of dressing for the outdoors, "Come Rain or Shine," in the April issue of Viking. Have you had a chance to check it out?

Here are 5 "Tips for the Trail" from the article:
  1. Always start with a non-cotton base layer.
  2. Don't let yourself overheat when outdoors. Peel off or add layers as needed to regulate your temperature.
  3. Consider bringing extra dry clothes to wear after strenuous activity.
  4. Be prepared and flexible, instead of being underdressed and exposed to risks brought on by changing weather conditions. 
  5. Drink plenty of fluids when you are outdoors, since dehydration reduces the body's ability to stay warm. 
These and other useful tips on layering, can be found on Devold of Norway's website. You can learn more about the company, along with other well-known Norwegian gear companies Dale of Norway, Helly Hansen, Bergans of Norway and Norrøna, in Walker's story.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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