We love to hike in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. There are so many beautiful trails to choose from. Some lead to incredible mountain lakes and waterfalls, others to expansive, colorful fields of wildflowers. Why not try them all? But before you go, we at American Ski Exchange want you to be prepared for nature’s elements. Come on in to purchase missing items or to ask us about our favorite trails and how to access them. We’ll steer you in the right direction. Promise.
What to Sport:
The sun is intense in the mountains! Protect your skin and eyes!
Athletic Top and Pants Made of Breathable/Moisture Wicking Material
The right outfit makes all the difference in whether you will be comfortable or too hot/cold in the mountains.
The weather in Colorado changes suddenly. It is always a good idea to be prepared for a surprise mountain rain shower!
You have to have something to put your personal items in!
The right socks will prevent your feet from hurting (they have extra padding) and help prevent awful blisters! Regular socks will NOT do!
One of the most important items. Good hiking boots are the difference in falling down the mountain or being able to grip the sharp changes in terrain. Having enough tread is key! Also, they help to protect you from rolling your ankles – no one wants that!
Items for your Backpack:
Nalgene Bottle/Camelbak of Water
Water is so important in battling dehydration – especially in the heat at elevation. Help prevent altitude sickness by getting enough water!
As if you leave home without your phone… After all, you need to take gorgeous pictures somehow! But it is important to have in case of emergencies!
First Aid Supplies
Because accidents happen. Be prepared for unforeseen cuts.
In case you get caught in the mountains after dark. These are also great items to have in case you need to survive the night in the wilderness alone. It can be pretty tough to start a fire from scratch…
Most Important Item: Man’s Best Friend + Leash!
What is better than spending a day hiking with your best friend? Nothing. Both of you get exercise and have fun exploring the mountains! Just don’t forget to bring extra water for Fido!
Items to Leave in Your Car for After the Hike:
In case it rains and your hiking clothes are drenched. You’ll be thankful to have another pair of clothes! Also, your feet will thank you for taking them out of your hiking boots. Grab those flip-flops to wear on the drive home!
Additional Water Bottle/Sports Drinks
It is never a bad idea to have extra water/sports drinks in the car in order to combat dehydration. Some hikes can be very physically demanding.