December 31, 2018

Bring your own water that is, unless you care to fill up at the Bivy or Day Use restrooms. Drinking fountains in the park are turned off for the season, as they needed to be drained and then shut off to prevent pipes from breaking with evening temps dropping into the teens and 20s.

Remember to stay hydrated, even when the sun isn’t making you sweat. Not only does it help with thirst, it helps regulate your body temperature and keep your cells, tissues, and organs functioning the way they should.

Adding a light pack with layers to adjust to weather changes along with a hydration pack is essential in the winter and summer months at Smith Rock.

Adding a light pack with layers to adjust to weather changes along with a hydration pack is essential in the winter and summer months at Smith Rock.

A few tips when exercising in cold weather:

  1. Wear layers to absorb perspiration. Sweat can reduce your body temperature and force your heart to work harder.

  2. Replace what you lose. Exhalation, perspiration and urination all make water exit the body. If your pee is pale and plentiful, you’re in good shape.

  3. Match your drink to the duration of your activity. Exercising for up to an hour, water’s OK. After an hour, add electrolytes and carbohydrates.

  4. Hydrate with room-temperature beverages. (And that doesn’t mean the flask tucked in your jacket.) Cold liquids are absorbed quicker. Warm or room temp keeps your internal temperature optimal.