WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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one Dress in Layers Besides providing the flexibility to add and subtract clothing depending on the temperature and your level of activity, layers create air pockets that further insulate you from the cold. "My goal is to not sweat, because that's going to make you cold later," said Brown. With four successful hikes up Mount Washington, where the wind-chill tempera- ture can drop dramatically at the tree line, the scoutmaster is a master of the art of layering. Here's how Brown adjusts his wardrobe on a typical climb: At the base, he protects his upper body with a zip- top SmartWool shirt. It's made of merino wool, which comes in various weights and feels like silk. As it gets colder, he puts on a light fleece Patagonia pullover, con- sisting of waffle-like material that traps air. At the tree line, he pulls out his Marmot DriClime Windshirt from a pocket of his backpack. Wind and water resistant, the jacket con- sists of two polyester layers with an air pocket in between. To block the wind, he adds a hooded Gortex rain jacket (the Arc'teryx Alpha SV), which slips easily over the smooth windshirt. On his lower body, Brown wears undershorts and long underwear, both made from merino wool. Finding that heavy wool trousers chafed when he was active, he switched to winter cycling pants. At the tree line, he adds a Gortex bib, made by Arc'teryx, which covers him from the mid-torso down and is held up by over-the-shoulder straps. two Put Your Feet First Feet can be tricky. If they're too warm, they sweat and then become cold. Rizzitello, who recalls fellow soldiers in Afghanistan suffering from frostbite on their feet, said that he wears boots with Thinsulate lining when he expects to be standing for long periods outside. He keeps a second pair of boots with less insulation for when he expects to be on the go. To keep moisture out, waterproof boots are a must. Brown swears by Sorel boots, which have rubber soles, leather uppers, and removable woolen linings. He NO MATTER HOW SEVERE the weather gets this winter, Weston Patrolman Mike Rizzitello can say he has experienced worse. A dozen years ago, as a member of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division, Rizzitello battled 20-degree cold — and the Taliban to boot. So he's not fazed by the prospect of spending an afternoon outside on traffic detail during a New England Nor'easter. Along with Rizzitello, we asked other winter-wise Weston and Wellesley residents and work- ers to share their tips for enduring the deep freeze: AMY CHRISTIANSEN, education program manager, Land's Sake in Weston, where she runs the student maple sugaring program in late winter; JIM REILLY, who heads up the Wednesday morning walking group for the Wellesley Council on Aging; crossing guard RENE SPENCER, who shepherds Schofield Elementary School students across Cedar Street in Wellesley; and Scoutmaster LEN BROWN, who leads Troop 157 in Weston on winter camping trips and hikes. ( B R A V I N G W I N T E R ' S I C Y B L A S T S ) 10 tips for… S T E V E M A A S WRITER 22 We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 L E N B R O W N

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