2017 Hiking Guide

As the old saying goes, “the summit is optional, getting back is mandatory,” so be prudent. Bring a fully-charged cell phone and familiarize yourself with its compass and/or GPS functions. Even on the most mild of days, it is recommended to pack more water than you think you need. You will want to also pack a wind/rain jacket, a cap, a wool or synthetic warmth layer, sunglasses, lip balm, and something fortifying to eat. Adjust your clothing selection to the season and the weather at higher altitudes. Wear appropriate footwear and make yourself aware of any environmental issues such as ticks, rattlesnakes, water crossing, snow crossings, or threatening weather. More and more people are using hiking poles, which are extremely useful for downhill travel, balancing through boulder fields and over logs, and make great splints and/or uprights for an emergency shelter. Lastly, and most importantly, always let someone responsible know your plan. And make sure your plan includes when you are leaving, where you are going, when you are coming back, what contingencies (side trip, rock climbing, glissade, etc.) you might have in mind, and where you intend to park. The Essentials Getting Started