Raynaud’s syndrome

Ice

Ice bubbles

While hiking up Bear Mountain today we stopped a few times to take pictures of ice. As someone with Raynaud’s syndrome (cold hands from a faulty thermostat) it’s tough to take gloves off and take pictures on cold days. A solution for me is carrying hand warmers and more serious mittens for the times I get in trouble. I used both today and the problem abated quickly and we had a great hike.

Running stream under ice

Grass and leaves under ice

Leaves under ice

Cold hands on the Appalachian Trail

Cold hands on the AT

North of Kent, Connecticut. Loren and I decided to do the stretch of the Appalachian Trail from Kent to St. John’s Ledges again. It’s a great hike and great hikes are worth repeating. It’s about an eight mile hike total.

When I took this picture I had to take my gloves off and between sitting there for fifteen minutes to eat lunch and taking gloves off in 28 F weather, my hands got really cold. Both Loren and I suffer from Raynaud’s phenomenon which means our hands and fingers get cold faster than normal.

Luckily for us we brought hand warmers and were able to get them inside our mittens. I’d never used them before and while they took a bit of time to heat up, once the heat started they worked like a charm.

Taking pictures in winter, even with fingerless gloves is a serious problem and once my hands get cold they take a long time to warm up. Gotta remember to work faster and get mittens back on sooner.