Matthew Garrett on Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0Follow our gear guru’s tips to avoid losing winter gloves in the snow.
Gloves are commonly orphaned. Keep them together. Keep them close. Here’s how:
Consistently put your gloves in the same place or pocket so you’ll always know where to find them. Clip your gloves together when they’re not in use.
In windy conditions, leash your gloves to your wrists. Heavier gloves and mitts often come with retaining straps. Use them.
Liner gloves are easily lost or damaged, especially on winter backcountry trips. Consider buying more than one pair of the same style so you’ll have ready backups.
If you do lose a glove in cold and windy conditions, you can improvise with a pair of wool socks and a plastic bag. Simply pull all three layers over your exposed hand, sandwiching the windproof and waterproof plastic layer between the socks.
Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.