Margaret added a post

From: Margaret
Sent on: Thursday, December 2, 2010 11:25 AM
A quick note on winter hiking to all members.

Winter hiking can be just as enjoyable as summer hiking with the right gear. As long as there's no snow close to town, you can hike on trails near Boulder or Denver without anything special other than a couple of layers, gloves and a hat. If we hike further west, where there is snow that sticks on the ground until spring -- like in the western reaches of Golden or Nederland or whatever, you'll need more gear. YaxTrax??? or similar winter traction devices slipped on your hiking shoes will help you from slipping and falling on steep sections or icy rocks. Gators pulled over your shoes and the lower part of your pants will keep snow from accumulating on your pant legs and making a cold, sopping mess. Snowshoes are rarely necessary unless we are hiking on more remote trails without a lot of foot traffic and of course, if there's been a LOT of snow.

With the proper gear and preparation, you can enjoy hiking year-round. Even though we may feel like hibernating when it's cold, there's really no reason we can't enjoy the outdoors even when it's snowing. In fact, if you've never hiked when it's snowing, you're missing out on an extraordinary thing.

Peace all! See you on the trail...

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