Winter hiking is one of the most gorgeous things you will ever encounter. The world just looks different when it is covered in snow. Rocky Mountain hiking trips are only dangerous for individuals that are not prepared for the trip or in the event of an emergency. If you want winter adventure, you can still enjoy hiking!
You must always think about your safety. Remember to pack safety gear. Your day hike may turn into an overnight adventure if the weather changes suddenly. You and your hiking partners should always be prepared to spend a night in the mountains. Basic safety gear such as; a map, compass, multi-tool, hand-warmers, headlamp, emergency blankets, a length of rope, sleeping pad, and fire-starter, are all essential tools for a winter day-hike. If there is an icy trail that you must traverse, crampons and poles can keep you from slipping and hurting yourself.
Food Is Fuel
Calories will keep your metabolism up which will increase body heat. Never start out on a day hike without packing snacks for each person. Make sure that you pack more food than necessary for a day hike. It may also be a smart move to pack a light-weight portable stove and a few (non-caffeinated) tea bags. Too few calories can lead to lethargy and bickering while warm beverages can lift spirits.
Gear Can Save The Day
Last, invest in quality gear and never hike alone. The proper gear can ward off hypothermia, moisture, and chaffing. Hiking alone is never a good idea. It is too easy to experience an emergency and without help it may be difficult to get back to the trailhead. All hiking adventures can be dangerous if precautions are not followed. The beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains in the winter is hard to pass up. Visit Kirk’s Mountain Adventures to book an adventure with an experienced guide!