How Does Wind Chill Work?

What is the Wind Chill Factor anyway?
Wind chill is an attempt to estimate what the temperature feels like on bare skin. While there is no universally agreed upon scale to determine this, many organizations have made an attempt to quantify it. Here is a sample wind chill chart from NOAA. windchillbt

It is important to keep in mind that these charts change over time so it is only useful in a general sense.

Is the temperature really lower when it is windy?
In a literal sense, no. The temperature is what it is. However wind can make it feel colder and change how it impacts your body so there is some merit to reporting wind chill. Read more ›

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How to Dress for Winter Weather

One of the great joys of spending time outdoors in winter is the refreshing winter air. It just feels clean and makes you want to go exploring! By dressing properly, you’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you!

In winter, clothing has three main functions:

1. To keep you warm – I know, you already figured that one out.
2. To keep you dry – moisture is like a super highway for the cold.
3. To block the wind – just like lawyers, the wind will do it’s best to suck the heat right out of your body.dress for winter

The good news is that we have many ways to defeat the triumverate of discomfort (cold, wet, wind).
•Dress in layers. As the weather or your activity level changes, you will be able to adjust and stay comfortable. That giant puffball jacket is great for sedentary pursuits, but layers are where it’s at for being active.
•Like a well built house, your winter comfort relies on a solid foundation. In this case synthetic or wool long underwear will get you off to a great start. Synthetics and wool will help wick moisture away from your skin and retain some of their ability to keep you warm if they do get wet. Cotton absorbs moisture and holds on to it until it evaporates – I shiver just thinking about it! Read more ›

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Hiking in California – Tenaya Lake to Happy Isles

Yosemite National Park, CA
Age Range:  Pre-teens+ with hiking experience
Recommendations:  This hike connects the high country with Yosemite Valley so the weather can change pretty dramatically along the way.  Be prepared for just about anything!  If you plan to summit Half Dome, be sure to get the proper permits as described in my Half Dome review.

After nearly a year of being away from Yosemite National Park, I was seriously ready to get back to one of my favorite places on the planet. I had a couple of days on my own before meeting friends in the valley so I decided to hitch a ride to Tenaya Lake and enjoy a two-day shakedown walk on my own.  An added benefit would be the opportunity to visit Clouds Rest and Half Dome, two of my favorite places, along the way.

In an earlier post, I described the walk to Clouds Rest so I won’t go into detail here. It is a great walk in its own right and highly recommended if you only have time for a one day adventure. Read more ›

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Hiking In California – Clouds Rest

Yosemite National Park, CA
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  Pre-Teens +
Recommendations:  This is a long hike with potentia

Most people know Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park as the ridge you see behind Half Dome from Yosemite Valley, if they notice it at all. What most people don’t know is that Clouds Rest is actually higher, more accessible and offers a superior view than Half Dome.

The Clouds Rest hike begins at Tenaya Lake. The trail crosses the Tenaya Lake outlet and in my experience it is best to take off your shoes to make the short, shallow crossing rather than spend the entire day with wet feet. Be forewarned, Read more ›

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