ESSENTIAL ITEMS YOU NEED TO HIKE WITH THIS GROUP

Here is a list of items Diane made up for the group which you should always keep in your car, this way you'll never have to ask what you need to bring.

Water: Don't underestimate how much you will need. We will be at elevation which means thin air and drier climate, so plan on drinking half a liter per mile

Map and compass

Hat, eye protection, sunscreen: Even during the winter, at the higher elevations UV light is stronger because there is less atmosphere to filter it so you can get sunburned more easily. Sunglasses in summer, ski goggles in winter will protect your eyes from wind, which can get pretty fierce in the higher elevations.

Food/Snacks: A snack will help if you are feeling the effects of the higher elevations, too.

For winter hikes, wear real ski pants over long johns, stretch pants, or regular pants. Ski pants are water resistant and made for the cold climate. Blue jeans are not really good for hiking, as they offer little wind protection and take forever to dry out if they get wet.

Layering is a good idea in case you get hot, wet, or it is very windy. Wind chill is not to be taken lightly. Winds of 10-20 MPH can make you feel up to 20 degrees colder, depending on how cold it is to begin with. Prepare for gusty wind always in the mountains. On a really cold day, bring a scarf, face protector, or balaclava (a ninja mask-looking headgear that covers your head, face, and neck).

Proper hiking shoes: Regular athletic shoes are not rugged enough for hiking in rough or steep terrain. You want hiking shoes or boots that will protect your feet from banging up against rocks and give plenty of traction on steep or slippery surfaces. If you’re going snowshoeing for the first time, put your snowshoes on and make sure you can put them on when you arrive at the trailhead (with your gloves and coat on – tricky!)

Gloves: Preferably ski gloves, which are padded and water resistant, or mittens, which actually keep your hands warmer than gloves do.

During the winter hikes you should always have these items in your car: Hand and foot warmers, Snowshoes, traction devices, Snow goggles and water resistant gloves.

Optional items: bug repellent, small first aid kit, whistle (for bears) if you can't whistle without one, a hiking pole (reduces uphill and downhill effort), tissues, chapstick, camera.

Table of Contents

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Organizer Contact February 17, 2015 11:11 AM Don
DOG POLICY AND LOSS PREVENTION April 8, 2014 2:33 PM Don
HIKING SKILLS AND DESCRIPTIONS January 30, 2013 6:16 PM Don
ESSENTIAL ITEMS YOU NEED TO HIKE WITH THIS GROUP September 9, 2014 1:10 PM Don
DISCLAIMER AND CORSAR CARD INFORMATION January 30, 2013 3:37 PM Don
About SECOND WIND HIKING March 15, 2014 7:20 PM Don

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