Fighting Cabin Fever

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By Augusta Scott

Cache Valley’s winter temperatures are cold enough to make even the most dedicated outdoorsmen retreat indoors until March. If that applies to you, I can’t say that I blame you. However, if you’re hoping to carry your love of the outdoors into winter and attempt to fight cabin fever, here are a few suggestions of things to do and what to prepare for.

Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing is a great way to visit your favorite hiking trails in the winter! You might be surprised at how much change a blanket of snow can bring to a familiar view. If you’re new to snowshoeing, make sure to match the snowshoes to the type of terrain you plan to visit!

Ice Fishing
First things first, make sure you have a valid fishing license! Ice fishing can be a very rewarding winter activity if you can tolerate the cold! With ice fishing it is important to be aware of the thickness of the ice! If you’re unsure about safety precautions, it’s best to go with someone more experienced.

Snow Camping
Building a snow cave is the adult equivalent of a pillow fort and who doesn’t love that? The only differences are that snow caves are a lot more work to build, and it’s a little colder. Brush up on your snow cave building skills before you leave, they can take quite a bit of time and effort.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Snow is very reflective and sunscreen is just as important during the winter months as it is during the summer.
  • Although you might not be feeling the need to quench your thirst, you can still easily get dehydrated.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water and that you’re drinking it regularly.
  • Tell someone where you’re going! This is a habit that is good for every outdoorsman to get into, but especially so in the winter. Getting stuck in the snow can very quickly become dangerous. Tell someone you’re close to where you’re going and when you plan on returning.

Lastly, remember to dress in layers. This one might seem obvious, but regulating body temperature is the easiest way to stay comfortable and make your experience enjoyable. If you start to break a sweat, shed a layer!