Thursday, November 17, 2016

Overnight Camping on a Mountain with Min Hee & Cool Weather Hiking Tips

Overnight Camping on a Mountain with Min Hee & Cool Weather Hiking Tips

We have never taken Min Hee camping.  She enjoys hiking with her family and we had recently purchased a hammock we wanted to try an overnight hike before the colder weather arrives.  Our planned course was about 20km.

We start many of our hikes in Gosan Valley.  We find the slope is a little gentler in the beginning and this saves us some time and energy.  Along the way Min Hee’s mom spotted the type of pine cones that have pine nuts and we took a few minutes to harvest one pine cone for a snack along the way.
By around four in the afternoon we were out of Apsan Park and well on our way.  Overnight camping is not allowed in Apsan Park.  So we planned to be outside of the park when we set up camp

For dinner we had preheated some foil packets of food, then wrapped them in tin foil and placed them in a small insulated pouch.  After dinner we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the forest and watched the sunset behind our target for the next day.

“Night, night mommy and daddy, sweet dreams.  See you in the morning!”

In the morning we packed up and had power bars for breakfast.  Then we hit the trail.  Min Hee learned about morning dew and how spiders make webs across open areas between trees (across the trails!) and a few tricks for trail hiking using the trekking poles and the terrain.

The views from this part of the trail are beautiful. 
As we came closer to the peak of the mountain the climbing was a little steeper.  Min Hee was in good spirits but asked three times in short succession:

“Daddy, are we there yet?  I’m ready for lunch.”

I noticed the time was about 10:30 in the morning when she first asked.  We made it to the peak at about 10:50!

After that, it was all down hill!
“Lunch time, daddy?”
“Yes,  we will stop for lunch when we get off the peak.”
“Daddy, what’s a peak?”
“It is the tippy, tippy top of a mountain.”

For lunch we had some cold fruit and nuts as well as a few power bars.  Then we settled in to get off the mountain and catch a bus back home.  Min Hee was actually leading the way on the safer parts of the trail.  Her dad would take the lead when things looked a little difficult.

Clicking either of the two links should take you to the course we followed and there are also more pictures to see.

[Cool Weather Hiking Tips]

If you enjoy the outdoors and fresh air, do not let the cool temperatures stop you from a day hike or even an overnight hike before the cold of winter sets in.  I will offer some tips that may help you enjoy the hike and be better prepared.

 Layering is the most effective way to stay warm and dry while hiking or camping. 
The base layer is maybe the most important.  It should be something made of polyester or some other material that will protect you from light wind, dry fast, and wick the moisture you create while moving about.  There is really no need to purchase expensive gear to accomplish this.  I usually wear a long sleeve quick dry shirt as my base layer. I pull up the sleeves when I am moving or the wind picks up.
The second layer is important as well.  Some may prefer a fleece jacket or a wind breaker or maybe even a vest.  This layer is meant to keep the heat in.  It should be loose and not restrict movement.  It shouldn’t be so loose that it allows too much wind in at the any of the openings.  Again, there is no need for this to be an expensive piece of clothing.
  The third layer is important for two reasons.  It will either be the warmest layer or the dry layer.  Depending on the weather, temperature, and precipitation this layer should keep out the cold and wet stuff.  Down jackets are nice in the cold and waterproof jackets are really important if the weather is wet. Hiking in wet clothes is no fun and can be dangerous under certain conditions.  Staying dry is the best thing if there is any wind and the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The important thing to remember is that by layering, you can adjust to the conditions you are in and that that you may suddenly be in.  I will also say that while hiking you may not like to wear a hat or gloves, but they will come in handy when you stop for a break or to set up camp.

Many people believe if the weather is cooler you do not need to drink as much fluids as you would during a hot summer day.  This is false.  When the weather is cooler, it is also generally lower humidity.  This causes you to feel you are not losing fluids as fast.  But, you may be perspiring lightly and it is evaporating in the dry air.  So, in this case you should be consuming fluids at about the same rate as you would on a summer hike.
Another important thing to remember is that a hydrated body also helps to keep blood circulating.  This helps keep you warmer.  Drinking heated fluids is best.  As long as the fluids are not cold, this will allow your core temperature to stay where it needs to be.  So, please have plenty of fluids for all members and it is very important to keep younger hikers hydrated as they do not remember to drink or just are not aware they are dehydrating.
I hope these basic tips will help keep you warm, dry, and comfortable out there on the trails this fall.  I will be writing more on hiking safety in the coming weeks and months.  I hope to see you out there!

* We hope to see you out and about in our Colorful Daegu and if you happen to see us, please say HI!  If you would like to see more of Min Hee’s activities, please visit her facebook page and give her a LIKE (thumbs up)!  Here is a link:

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