i've spent the last 15 years in the PNW and have a good sense of clothing and layering and what works here. as i transition to the canadian rockies, i'm sure i'll need to tweak the gear setup. aside from it being colder occasionally, anyone have input on different layering strategies?
My preference is lightweight merino wool base layer with light fleece next & down shell for subfreezing temps. and would switch out the down to wind protection in warmer temps. I have a pair of climbing pants that I've had for many years and bought in Canada that's a windproof blend of merino wool and spandex. I've been using them here lately to ski in.
But you can't base it on me because I'm twice your age and probably always have more clothing than you would use.
I was in Alberta a couple of seasons ago -- colder and drier during the winter. In the summer, thunderstorms are more common -- so you still want something 100% waterproof -- but you might only need to wear it for an hour or two instead of all day.
During my Alberta trip the weather was pretty favorable -- didn't really think about it too much -- other than "some new snow would be nice" The amount of sun exposure somewhat offset the colder temps -- for the most part I think i mearly wore an extra mid-wieght base layer and I did wear my thick mittens more frequently than I would gloves in the PNW.
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