What to pack to go to the mountains in the summer

What to pack to go to the mountains in the summer

Unlike in the past, today more and more people decide to spend their summer holidays in the mountains.

The mountain areas have been able to improve over time and today summer tourism has almost reached the levels of winter tourism.


Summer is the ideal time to go hiking at high altitude and escape the heat, but knowing what to pack in advance will allow you to organize yourself better and not forget anything at home.
Here are some useful tips:

Apparel

Summer temperatures in the mountains can be unpredictable. No wonder you start your day under clear skies and find yourself bathed in torrential rain in the middle of the afternoon. Furthermore, these sudden weather changes are related to a lowering of temperatures.

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For this reason, when preparing your suitcase for the mountains, you must always bear in mind that the weather can change quickly: clothing must be varied, from light clothing (shorts, short-sleeved shirts and tank tops) to heavy ones. For those who spend their days in the woods and hiking, they should never be missing heavy jackets and sweatshirts.

Surely it is necessary to prefer a type of sportswear, but above all comfortable.

The Black Diamond Stormline Stretch Jacket is an excellent choice for mountain enthusiasts looking for a waterproof and breathable garment for their outdoor adventures. Made with BD.Dry™ material, this jacket offers reliable protection even during the heaviest rains.

Its 2,5 layer construction and PU membrane ensure water resistance up to 10000mm water column, keeping the user dry and comfortable even in harsh weather conditions. The breathability of 10000.00 g/m² in 24 hours ensures that the moisture generated by the body can be transpired, avoiding the feeling of excessive humidity inside the jacket.

The regular fit and adjustable cuffs allow for a personalized fit, while the width adjustment at the waist ensures a secure and comfortable fit. Welded seams further increase the jacket's water resistance by preventing water from entering through the seams.

The helmet-compatible and adjustable hood offers additional protection during alpine and climbing activities. Water-repellent YKK® laminate zippers ensure a secure, water-resistant closure.

The Stormline Stretch Jacket features forearm vents for increased ventilation during high-intensity activities. In addition, the 100% polyamide main material gives the jacket breathability, waterproof, stretch, compressibility and wind resistance characteristics.

Hiking clothing

When going on a hike, technical clothing is recommended, i.e. garments specifically designed to protect from the cold, the sun and let the skin breathe.
The technical garments are also designed to be as light and flexible as possible so as to leave the body free to move with agility, a fundamental aspect in the mountains.

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The jacket is not the only technical garment to wear for a good hike, it is also important to have good pants. The trousers protect from water (rain is frequent in the mountains) and from branches or tall grass found in some sections of the trails.

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For the evening you can instead pack more elegant clothes, but always remember that the temperatures drop and maybe some clothes that you will never wear in the city because they are considered too heavy, will be fine here. Absolutely to pack a mid-season duvet and a raincoat.
Towards evening the temperature can drop below 15 degrees in some mountain locations, so a good summer duvet or jacket should always be kept close at hand.

Footwear: Shoes and Boots

For the day it is advisable to wear good hiking shoes (or mountain boots), possibly as soon as you buy.
The reason? The foot is not yet used to the shoe and you risk getting blisters which will then prevent you from taking long walks.

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Socks are also very important. It is recommended to wear those suitable for trekking, which have a sponge under the sole of the foot and reinforcements in the areas of greatest friction, such as the toe and heel.
As for the material, it is better to prefer wool: its insulating properties make it cool in summer and let the foot breathe without retaining sweat.

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For the evening, on the other hand, you can bring a pair of comfortable mountain shoes, as the foot needs to rest after a day of hiking.

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Other material and accessories

Not to forget high protection sunscreen, sunglasses and hat. Being closer to the sun, getting sunburnt in the mountains will be easier.

Also very important is a backpack, possibly specific for trekking with a breathable backrest, walking poles, water bottle and first aid kit (patches, disinfectant etc ...).
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Snowshoes are very useful as they increase the safety and efficiency of walking, and take the weight off the body from the backpack. With snowshoes you have a better balance, especially when going downhill, and consequently they significantly reduce falls, sprains and fractures.
In addition to walking, the poles can be used for other purposes, such as to defend against vipers or aggressive animals.

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A repellent could also be very useful, to protect against ticks and mosquitoes, and of course the camera that will be used to document travel and any close encounters with wildlife. Binoculars can be useful for seeing deer, foxes and even bears up close without risking your own safety.

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