What to bring on Hikes


Spring is tick season in the mountains. Learn about ticks! Spring and Fall are the seasons of muddy and sometimes, icy trails. Make sure to pack along some cleats that fit over the sole of boots to provide traction.

 

  • Boots –It is crucial that your footwear be comfortable. Hiking boots give more support than sneakers.
  • Cleats - You can purchase cleats (many brands to choose from) at MEC or many running stores. These are important to have in the spring and the fall.
  • Hiking Poles – These are optional. They are great for knee health and stability.
  •  Backpack – To keep contents dry, put pack contents in a garbage bag before putting them in your pack.
  • Extra clothing – This comes in useful at the lunch break. You cool down quickly when you stop moving. An extra fleece, wool sweater or down vest will keep you toasty warm.
  • Gaiters (optional) – Gaiters keep rocks from scree-slopes and spring snow out of your boots so your feet stay dry and warm.
  • Hat  & neck warmer (yes, even in the middle of summer!)
  • Leg wear –Long pants made of a quick drying fabric are a good choice for spring. Bring along rain pants if you have them just in case the weather changes. Cotton pants and jeans are a bad choice for outdoor activity because when they get wet they stay wet and you get chilled. Weather in the spring can vary.
  • Gloves – You may need mitts during a cold rain in the summer so it’s a good idea to carry them year-round. Choose fleece or wool since they stay warm when wet. You can also layer your mitts using fleece and a Gortex mitten for the shell.
  • Extra socks and shoes (for the drive out and back!)
  • Water – 1 to 2 liters of water with you on each hike.
  • Thermos – A hot drink is welcome throughout the year in the Rockies! Also, soup is a treat on the trail!
  • Food – Hearty Lunch and lots of snacks. Bring more than you think you will need! Soup, sandwiches, pizza, salads, fruit, baked goods, hard-boiled eggs, dried fruit and nuts, dessert!
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Any medications that are essential to your good health. (Asthma, angina, diabetes, bee-sting)
  • First Aid Kit – keep a blister kit in the top of your pack for easy access. You can buy blister kits at most drug stores. Wilderness first aid kits are sold at Mountain Equipment Co-op. And contact Rocky Mountain Medicine if you’d like to take a course in wilderness first aid. They offer top notch wilderness first aid and not a triangular bandage in sight!
  • Bag to pack your garbage out (a Safeway bag works great)
  • Toilet Paper (baggy to carry it out)
  • An insulated pad to sit on or you can sit on your backpack. (You can buy thinsolate bum pads at MEC)
  • Camera (the scenery is SPECTACULAR!)