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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23 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e dries out the linings by the fireside when camping overnight. When the thermometer falls below 20, he wears Supergaiters for added insulation over the upper part of his boots and his lower legs. As a crossing guard, Spencer is especially con- cerned about ice. She wears lined rubber boots with ground-gripping treads. For icy hiking, Brown says itÕs worth the premium price to buy Kahtoola MICROspikes, which attach to boots much like snow chains to tires. On snowy days, Reilly leads the walking group wearing calf-high Australian-made Emu sheepskin boots. Lined with merino wool, the water-resistant boots come with rubber bottoms. three Keep A Warm Head It turns out your mother was wrong. We donÕt lose nearly half our body heat through the top of our head. In fact, we lose less than ten percent Ñ about proportional to the amount of skin on our noggins. But that exposed skin can get plenty cold. So do wear those ski hats and mufflers. It sounds like something from Planet of the Apes, but Brown confronts Mount WashingtonÕs fiercest winds with Outdoor ResearchÕs Gorilla Balaclava. It wraps completely around his head and fits snugly around his neck. Its removable mesh facemask protects the nose while letting air in. four Don't Get Caught Bare-Handed Gloves, mittens Ñ or both? Christiansen prefers mittens, as they allow her fingers to keep each other warm. But she noted that she doesnÕt need much dexterity to carry buckets of sap. Rizzitello wears Thinsulate-lined gloves. If itÕs very cold, heÕll wear mittens underneath. five Get Wick It Think about the wick of a candle. It serves to draw up the wax to the flame. When it comes to clothes, wicking materials draw moisture away from the body. So think wool (particularly the smooth, non- itchy merino wool) and not cotton. Reilly goes with a lighter alternative, long underwear made of silk, which keeps warmth in and moisture out. six Beware the Sun While the winter sun keeps a lower profile than its summer cousin, its reflective power peaks as it bounces off the snow. Wear sunglasses around town; goggles, which afford UV protection, when on the slopes. Brown wears a wide-brimmed hat and rubs his face with a sunscreen stick to prevent sunburn. seven Leave Nothing Exposed ChristiansenÕs snow pants have elastic bottoms that cling to her ankles. Combined with zippers and snaps, the pants keep snow from sneaking into her boots. She wears a fleece-lined hooded Carhartt jacket that falls well below her waist. ÒYou donÕt want it short because air can getÓ under your clothes, she said. To keep her wrists snug, she puts her mittens on before her jacket. For added warmth around his neck, Brown wears a fleece neck gaiter; if itÕs too warm, heÕll wrap it around his wrist. eight Stay Hydrated You might not feel as thirsty in winter as in summer, but donÕt let that fool you. Even if youÕre not work- ing up a sweat, water escapes as vapor through your breath. Ideally, drink water and eat plenty of fruit. Caffeinated beverages tend to increase calls of nature. Speaking of which, a sign that youÕre not drinking enough is urine that is not clear or light- colored. Before heading off on a hike, fill an insu- lated bottle with hot water and stow it next to your body; otherwise, youÕll find yourself with a chunk of ice. Climbing Mount Washington, Brown brings a thermos of hot chocolate. What better way to cele- brate reaching the summit? nine Eat Up Before spending a long day outside, Amy stokes her inner furnace. One of her favorites is banana-zucchini bread, packed with chocolate chips, dried cranber- ries, and walnuts. ÒYou burn a lot of calories to stay warm,Ó she said. For winter camping, Brown brings along precooked food, such as Szechuan beef or beef stroganoff. ItÕs difficult and time-consuming to cook raw meat on a camper stove, he notes. ten Be Prepared Rizzitello keeps a chest in his vehicle containing extra T-shirts, socks, and gloves; bottled water; and hand and toe warmers. The warmers are single-use air-activated heat packs that can be stuffed in shoes and gloves. The package may state they last up to eight hours, but our cold-weather veterans say the warmth wanes after four hours. Brown packs additional gear, including a down parka, in his backpack or carries it on a sled. He snaps smaller items, like earmuffs, around his arms. Spencer has the good fortune of generous parents, who on frigid days give her warming packs and steaming hot coffee. And then there are the gifts that warm her heart, like the box of cookies a Girl Scout troop left on her car. Dr. David Kwiatkowski (standing on left in red) celebrated his 60th birthday with friends and family by climbing Mount Washington L E N B R O W N

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