I just returned from a Thanksgiving hut trip to the Sangree M. Froelicher hut, one of Colorado’s famed 10th Mountain Division mountain huts. Although there’s not yet enough snow for skiing, our group of 16 people hiked in, and then we hiked and hiked and hiked (between massive Thanksgiving meals). I know they sort of look dorky, but I chose to wear my big fat Julbo glacier goggles:
Whenever I’m out in snowy terrain, I like to have full eye coverage, and these things do a good job keeping reflected light out. I never get the grainy, sand-in-your-eyes feel of snow blindness with these goggles.
I recently wrote an article on the About.com Survival Skills site titled “Survive Snow Blindness: Make Your Own Goggles.” Although it’s probably not possible to make something as functional as my favorite pair of Julbo goggles, it is totally possible to make snow goggles out of duct tape, bark, and other natural materials.
Really? You might ask. Really. Here’s a fantastic video about how to make emergency snow goggles from bark…
…and click below to read more about how to make your own using other methods.
Want to give it a try? Here’s how:
“Survive Snow Blindness: Make Your Own Goggles”
While the winter season can be a beautiful time for outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking, it can also pose a number of challenges. It’s important to keep your eyes protected in snowy conditions because snow and ice readily reflect the sun’s rays and can cause a condition known as photokeratitis, or snow blindness…click here to continue reading…
Photos © Traci J. Macnamara.