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Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Even with snow and rain and ice, hiking in the winter can be a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. You just have to be prepared. And that brings up the question, what clothing to wear? I’ve been hiking in winter for many years, and here’s what I’ve found almost always works. Avoid Bulk I was a Boy Scout, and they taught us the mantra “layers, not bulk.” Big bulky coats, …

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Book Review: Best Region Boulder Hiking Trails

Best Region Boulder Hiking Trails By Bette Erickson Published 2009 Full color, 272 pages Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers Rating: This handy little book was the very first I bought when I moved to the Boulder area in 2011. It’s a local bestseller and I can see why. The organization is good, it includes lots of photos (so many hiking books have bad or few photos) and it’s well written and concise. The only improvement I could …

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Map Review: Rocky Mountain National Park – Trails Illustrated

National Geographic Trails Illustrated™ – Rocky Mountain National Park Published 2008 Full color Publisher: National Geographic Rating: I bring this map with me every time I hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the free map provided at the park entrance is pretty good overall, it does not include campsite locations. This map does, and specifies which are group and pack animal sites. This information helps me scout out future camping locations when I’m doing …

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Packing List, Rocky Mountain National Park (3 Nights, Summer)

Here’s a list that worked well for me on an easy four day/three night hike with a single back country site in Rocky Mountain National Park. What you bring will depend on the time of year and location. This was a relatively easy hike with warm and dry conditions, although I was prepared for rain. Note: bear canisters are required for food storage for back country camping inside Rocky Mountain National Park. The extra weight …

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Hike: Blue Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

Hike: Blue Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

A stunning trek hike through taiga forest to an alpine lake, complete with late snowfields, a waterfall on the far bank, all surrounded by towering peaks. This trail is not too difficult for most hikers, yet the elevation gain can be quite taxing. You’ll be rewarded by impressive views and if you’re hiking in summer, the wildflowers are spectacular as you approach the lake. Quick Facts Hike Blue Lake Location Indian Peak Wilderness, accessed via …

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Kahtoola MICROspikes® for Winter Hiking

Rating: 5/5 You’ll love them! I’ve been using Kahtoola MICROspikes® for a few years, and they really help make icy winter hikes a lot more enjoyable. MICROspikes® are basically small crampons (spiked cleats that attach over a hiking boot or shoe) made easy. They consist of a rubber fitting and some chains that hold the 3/8 inch (10 mm) spikes in place underneath the sole of the boot. They have smaller spikes and are more …

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Hike: Chautauqua Trail Loops (Boulder, Colorado)

Hike: Chautauqua Trail Loops (Boulder, Colorado)

A spectacular Open Space and Mountain Park system around Boulder, Colorado gives residents and visitors access to mountain hikes just outside the city. Chautauqua Park provides access to many of the hiking trails on the foothills (west) side. There are many loop combinations from this trailhead, so you can make it a very short walk or a longer hike, depending on what you feel like and how much time you have. The city trails also …

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Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

One of the West’s classic hikes, Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim is an epic walk that takes you through the heart of one of the most geologically interesting areas on Earth. At 22 miles (35.4 km) long and with 10,310 ft (3142 m) of elevation change and often hot temperatures, this is a tough hike for most people. It is usually recommended to break it up over the course of two or three days, using the designated …

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Thousand Island Lake Sierras Hike

Thousand Island Lake Sierras Hike

On the July 4 weekend in 2008, we ascended the Pacific Crest Trail from Agnew Meadow to Thousand Island Lake, in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the High Sierras. Swarms of mosquitoes cut our trip short, but we enjoyed the sweeping views, clear water, sculpted granite and serenity for a few days. We’ll be back a different time of year to avoid the mosquitoes next time. Resources: Ansel Adams Wilderness Trail Map Book: Ansel Adams …

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