Ten Essentials for Hiking in Colorado

admin July 8, 2010 0

Hiking in Colorado is a wonderful experience at 5,280 feet above sea level and even higher when you’re hiking up a mountain.  The Rocky Mountains in Colorado are stunning and beautiful with many trails and 14ers to choose from.  It is important when you are hiking, even on a day hike, to prepare yourself for any disasters, injuries or bad weather.

Avid Denver hikers know that you should always carry the “Ten Essentials” but for those who are amateurs and have no idea what it consists of, here is the answer to your question.

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Flashlight
  4. Extra Food
  5. Extra Clothes
  6. Sunglasses
  7. First-Aid Kit
  8. Pocket Knife
  9. Waterproof Matches
  10. Fire starter

And for extra room:

11. Water/Filter/Bottles

12. Whistle

13. Insect Repellent

14. Sunscreen

15. Space Blanket

16. Poncho or Water Repellent Jacket

17. Small Pocket Mirror to Signal for Help

In case any of you are wondering why water isn’t included in the “Ten Essentials” for hiking or camping in Colorado, it is because most people assume they ought to bring water anyway for physical activities.

All of these objects can easily be picked up at any store in the Denver or Boulder areas.  Make sure that you understand how to read a map and use a compass before you get out into the wild and find out you have no idea what is going on.  Your extra food that you pack does not need to be heavy cans or just beef jerky.  Any sporting goods store in Colorado has more filling dehydrated meals that are lightweight and easy to carry.

There are also survival kits that you can purchase with all or most of the “Ten Essentials” pre-packaged for you.  If you decide to buy a whistle for hiking in the Rockies, a plastic one is recommended over a metal one because in cold weather, the ball inside the whistle may freeze to the sides and not work properly.

Also, when hiking in the Rockies, make sure to plan ahead time-wise and check the weather for any upcoming storms.  It is also a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you plan on coming back because this simple step could have saved many who got lost during a hiking or camping trip in Colorado.

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