welle wrote:Dskoon, I only hike in my baselayer even in sub-freezing temps. Hiking is very high-output activity. Just make sure to have your extremities covered - wear a hat and gloves. And don't be lazy to put on layers the minute you stop for a break or before reaching an exposed ridge. The baselayer usually dries fast if you are quick enough to trap all your body heat from hiking. You can use a trick ice climbers use - put your pile jacket in a stuff sack on a biner and carry it easily accessible if you don't feel like getting into your pack each time.
Yeah, I hear what you're saying. Problem for me is I tend to run in-between, and more toward the colder side. So, I tend to dress warmer. I could not hike in just a baselayer in sub-freezing temps. I'd die. Think I may have a bit of Renauds syndrome, or, just getting older. Didn't used to affect me, but now, a slight chill, even w/out feeling cold, will leave my index fingers numb. Suffice to say, it can be tough to dress, for if I feel a bit of a chill, I tend to dress warmer, which can then lead to overheating.
I'll continue to experiment. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions.