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Tips for Hiking with the Group

Requested Minimum Requirements for Hiking with the Group...

  • Proper Footwear for Hiking
  • A backpack for yourself
  • Water for you and your dog (+ bowl) - at least 2+ liters depending on weather and length of hike
  • Snacks for you and your dog (quick energy)
  • Clothing layers
  • Poop bags, and way to carry (used ones) them out

The Ten Essentials... To truly be prepared for hiking in the mountains of Colorado, you should carry the top ten things that will protect you in the event of an emergency. We realize most of the hikes we do are not on 14ers, so we've outlined what you should carry on our usual 1-4 hour hikes. If it is a long (2+ hours) hike, both Mike and I will be carrying our packs with the ten essentials. For more information, see this video on the REI website:

Hiking With Your Dog - Ten Essentials

  • Proper foot wear
  • A backpack to carry the essentials
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat)
  • Layers (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies for you and your dog
  • Nutrition (extra food for your and your dog - these should be easily digestible and give you energy)
  • Hydration (2-3 liters per person, and more for your dog)
  • Poop bags, and a way to carry them out (Ziploc bag)
    *Getting your dog used to carrying a backpack is a great way for them to carry their essentials (Water, treats, poop bags, first aid items).

    Updated Ten Essential "Systems"
    Navigation (map and compass or GPS)
    Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat)
    Insulation (extra clothing)
    Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
    First-aid supplies
    Fire (waterproof matches/firestarter/candles)
    Repair kit and tools
    Nutrition (extra food)
    Hydration (extra water)
    Emergency shelter

  • Table of Contents

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    NEW - Activity Levels for Meetups January 20, 2015 10:34 AM Buffy
    Vets in Colorado March 13, 2013 10:36 AM Buffy
    Tips for Hiking with the Group June 21, 2013 10:53 AM Buffy
    Milo's Favorite Stuff May 20, 2016 8:02 AM Buffy
    Helpful Websites July 24, 2012 5:49 PM Buffy
    RSVP information and other policies January 20, 2015 10:21 AM Buffy
    About The Colorado Bernese Mountain Dog Meetup Group May 20, 2016 8:01 AM Buffy

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