I live in Aspen, Colorado, and I am always looking for an excuse to go hiking or climbing, even at my ripe old age in my mid-70’s. July 20 is my birthday, and I wanted to celebrate with a hike. The only questions were where to hike and with whom should I hike? The problem […]
What to do if you get lost or stuck on a hike? Taking certain precautions can help you avoid getting lost, and they can also help ensure you are found as quickly as possible if you do get lost.
The snowfall in the Colorado mountains this past winter of 2018/2019 ranks in the top five seasons since records have been kept. The snow up high kept falling even into May and June, especially above 10,000 feet. For mountain hikers and climbers, that means either a late start to the hiking season or being prepared […]
There are several ways to obtain water from natural sources on a hike: rivers, streams, lakes, tarns (high-mountain ponds) and even creeks and waterfalls. The problem with all of them is the probability the water is a carrier of Giardia (see article on Hydration, A4), so the water must be purified before drinking. To purify […]
You must have heard the story about Aron Ralston. Falling into a slot canyon and getting pinned by a rock fall, leaving him with no ability to communicate–and no one knew where he was. His book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” and movie, “127 Hours” should be enough to get you to heed this message. […]
For those of you who agree with the Pacific Crest Trail Association banner and are up for, or have begun, longer hikes…