gaiterFall is an incredible time of year for Estes Park. It is the perfect season to catch the golden aspens and get a close glimpse of the majestic elk, but the weather can be unpredictable. The weather may be warm and sunny today, but tomorrow could bring a chilly breeze. The key to enjoying your guided backpacking trip in Estes Park is to dress so that you are warm, dry, and comfortable, and the best way to do that is to learn how to layer your clothes correctly. The following is a guide on how to properly dress for your backpacking trip in the fall:

  • Base layer- The goal of your base layer is to wick away any sweat from your skin. Choose either a short sleeve or a long sleeve t-shirt, but avoid cotton at all costs, as it will just soak up your sweat. Instead choose merino wool or polyester. 
  • Mid layer- Because the weather can fluctuate quite a bit, you need a mid layer that can also act as a top layer during the warmer part of the day. A good choice for a mid layer is something that will keep you protected from wind and water, but isn’t too heavy. Choose either a lightweight fleece or an aerobic jacket.
  • Top layer- The dryer you are, the more likely you are to stay warm. That is why the goal of your top layer is to keep you dry. Choose a shell that is both waterproof and breathable. A good option is a jacket that has an underarm zipper, which will allow you to cool off if you need to. This outer layer should either be lightly insulated or not insulated at all.