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Continuing The Layering System Discussion

By William Roth on 2/15/10 7:46 AM

As a companion piece to our latest episode of the NOLS podcast, Jamie O'Donnell and Lara McLuskey have agreed to answer questions we didn't have time to ask during our discussion on the NOLS layering system. Most of the following questions are from followers of the NOLS Facebook page. Join the conversation!

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What is the most versatile layer in your pack?
Jamie: I like light to medium weight wind layers like the Marmot windshirt or the Patagonia Houdini. Often it's the wind that robs us of heat and makes us feel cold even when the temperatures aren't that cold.
Lara: I love my wind-shirt! I use either a Patagonia Houdini or a GoLite Wisp.On a lightweight course, what is the first layer to be left behind?
Lara: Likely, midweight to heavier weight fleece. It's heavy and bulky, and when it gets wet, it's even heavier.

How many socks and pairs of underwear would you bring for a 30 day trip?
Jamie: I recommend 3-5 pair of socks for a summer course. One pair becomes your "sacred sleeping socks" and are never hiked in. Liner socks are optional but no more than two pair. Winter courses 5 pair of socks would be the minimum.

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