What To Wear.
weather in the Rocky Mountains
can vary from one extreme to the
other. From early spring to late
fall you should be fine with the
following good quality items: fleece
jacket, outer water proof breathable
shell, warm shirt, T-shirt, your
favorite socks and thin gloves. All
of these can be layered for comfort
depending on the conditions. Shorts
can be worn but long pants might be
preferred if the mosquitoes are bad.
Good foot wear is a must and can
make or break your stay in the Rocky
Mountains. A good quality light
hiking boot with a water proof one
piece gusseted tongue is best.
Runner style hiking shoes are great
when conditions are dry, but a
complete let down when the ground is
seems to be more often then not.
with your footwear when sitting
around camp fires. Without realizing
it, over a few nights around a
campfire the heat and dryness can
ruin the leather and sole adhesion.
When day hiking you should always
carry a small pack containing a
fleece, outer shell, water, snack,
sun glasses (especially if there is
still snow on the ground), sun
screen, bug repellant, small first
Whistle (for bears)
if you can't
whistle without one, and a safe
pocket for your car keys. A small
compact camera is great to have. If
you have to stop and dig through
your back looking for a camera, you won't.
So keep it in your pocket. Having
to stop often is uncomfortable and
very annoying. Same idea for a
water bottle, it's nice to have the
water bottle fastened to the outside
of the pack within quick reach. A
hiking pole is also a plus, as it
definitely reduces uphill and
downhill effort. Two poles feel
ridiculously busy and doesn't
the risk of not having a free grab
When ever hiking towards a ridge or
summit in the mountains you
should always carry layered
clothing. The start and finish
can be totally different weather.
You'll appreciate a warm jacket
and snack when you quickly cool down
at your hikes destination, which is
usually an exposed windy higher elevation.
When you reach the summit or hike
destination, don't wait to feel
chilled, put your jackets on as soon
as you arrive. This will allow you
to spend much more time enjoying the
views. If you wait until you feel
cold you won't warm up until you
start moving again.
In the Badlands make
sure to take a hat and pack plenty
of water. In the summer it can be
very arid and hot. The
found growing in this terrain is a
good indication of just how arid the
Don't leave valuables in your
vehicle while parked at trailheads.
Especially trails that are located
close to the larger cites and towns.
Place valuables out of sight in the