Clothing

Dress for the crevasse, not for the glacier. It's frigid in the crevasses even when it's sunny and windless topside, and you want to be ready in case of a fall.

Even on a hot day, wear long trousers and a long-sleeve shirt (they can be wool or synthetic). Try to wear garments that can be ventilated, such as pants with side zippers or a parka with underarm zippers. You can zip these closed if you end up in a crevasse.

As further insurance against hypothermia, keep a jacket on the outside of your pack, where you can reach it easily. Stash a cap and gloves in your pockets. And wear light-colored garments that reflect the heat of the sun while you are on the glacier hut will still provide insulation inside a crevasse.

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