Winter hikes...

From: Ed W.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:22 AM
Hello After Work Hikers,

Winter After Work Hikes
I frequently get asked if I will continue to lead after work hikes through the winter--YES, although not as often. Most of the parks we hike at are Jeffco Open Space Parks, and they close one hour after sunset, which means esp. after the time change this coming weekend, we won?t be able to hike after work in those parks for the next several months. Green Mountain/Lakewood and Denver Mountain Parks are open later year-round, so I will continue to lead after work hikes in one of those places every few weeks.

To do winter hikes, make sure you have the proper gear, including a headlamp (e.g. http://www.rei.com/search?query=headlamp ), some kind of traction device for your boots (e.g. http://www.rei.com/search?query=micro+spikes ? I recommend against Yak Trax, esp. if you plan to use them a lot, as they tend to fall apart quickly), and of course warm clothing.

I also frequently get asked if I like to snowshoe in the winter. Absolutely! It?s unlikely that I?ll be doing that as an after work hike, because we rarely have enough snow in Denver to do that, and when it does snow, it usually goes away quickly. If we have a major snow dumping, I might schedule a last-minute after work snow shoe and see if people can make it. For information on snow shoeing, I recommend REI?s lecture on it http://www.rei.com/event/280/session/15670 . If you?ve never snowshoed and would like to try it, most places that rent skis also rent snow shoes, e.g. REI, Sports Authority, Neptune/Boulder, etc., and it costs maybe $12 for the weekend. The snowshoes are strapped over your hiking boots, so you?ll definitely need hiking boots (not sneakers or trail running shoe) to snow shoe in.

Colorado Mountain Club Classes/Events
If you are going to snow shoe or ski in the backcountry in the winter, you need to be aware of avalanche risk. The CMC offers an excellent avalanche awareness class (see www.cmcschools.org) that includes a field trip. CMC, REI (http://www.rei.com/event/12778/session/15674 ), and others also offer a one-night lecture on avalanche awareness which is a good starting point.

The CMC also offers classes on backcountry skiing, winter camping, ice climbing, etc. Again, check out www.cmcschools.org .

The CMC has a ?Backcountry Bash? coming up in November that you might be interested in:
Backcountry Bash, November 13, 2010, American Mountaineering Center,[masked]th St., Golden
Enjoy beer by Avery Brewing Company, bid on great silent auction items, see extreme skier Chris Davenport's new ski film: "Australis, An Antarctic Ski Odyssey."
All proceeds benefit the work of the Colorado Mountain Club to preserve quiet winter recreation in the backcountry.

Message from Sponsor
Below is a message that one of my sponsors, Columbia Sportswear Omni-Heat, asked me to pass along. Please remember that I use all funds received from sponsors to reimburse me for Meetup expenses?I do not make any money off of this group.

Ed White
Hike Leader & Organizer



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