Vegan Outdoor Clothing: How to pack and dress for a snowy fall hike

In the northern Adirondacks, especially at the higher elevations, fall is more like early winter. I think by this point it’s obvious how much I adore winter hiking, so I was pretty excited to head up there a couple of weeks ago and enjoy the snowy mountains.

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Fall hikes at home, in the Southeastern Adirondacks around Lake George are still mild temperatures and leaf peeping, so it was important that I dress and pack appropriately for a colder weather hike.

Here’s a look at what I wore and packed for a fall hike in the Adirondack High Peaks

 

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Columbia Omni Heat Thermal Top (also in men’s): Moisture-wicking shirt with heat-reflective technology as a base layer kept me warm on a chilly day.

Vegan Outdoor Adventures Polyester shirt (new shirts coming soon)10501713_10153110243522539_8677418669581188693_n

Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Jacket (also in men’s): Wind-proof and water resistant. I wore it as my top layer for most of the hike, adding a shell on top for the windy higher elevations.

The North Face Cinnabar shell: Wind-proof and waterproof. (In pack, for higher elevation and windy summits.) I prefer my Nano Puff to the insulated liner jacket of the Cinnabar, but I absolutely love the shell and bring it on every hike.

The North Face Glacier 1/4 zip fleece (in pack in case I got cold and needed an extra layer)

EMS Techwick Midweight Base layer (bottoms) (also in men’s)

Snowpants: I’ve misplaced mine after moving into a new house a couple of months ago. So I borrowed my boyfrend’s. I’m sure I’ll find them soon!

Thorlos Thick Cushion Synthetic Hiking Socks  (also in men’s) (2 extra pair in pack)12194978_10153110235222539_2787313033204425630_oEco Vegan Shoes All Terrain Pro Waterproof Hiker: These boots kept my feet warm and dry for the entire 9.5 hour hike through mud and open streams at lower elevations as well as the snow at higher elevations.

I also had two pairs of gloves, my hat and neck warmer, first aid kit, compass, microspikes, map and trail book, headlamp, sunglasses, trekking poles & more food than I needed.

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite layers for cold weather hikes are!

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  • Hi Jess! Just found your blog and really love all the posts I’ve read so far. I’d like to make a Gear roundup/list request: a vegan hiking clothing list, as well as a list of snow/all-weather tops and bottoms. My husband and I are starting to tackle fall/winter hiking and definitely need to track down some snow-ready outer layers. You seemed to cover most items on this post, but a rundown of those important outer layers for cold weather that are vegan would be appreciated by these noobs. Thanks!

    And my favorite base layers for cold weather hiking are my First Ascent (by Eddie Bauer) long underwear. Have had them for years and they’re still going strong!

    • Thanks for the message, Dawn! I’ll get to work on a Gear Roundup. It’s a great idea! Are you looking for options for every layer for cold weather hikes?

      Jessica