Like any other activity, hiking is an excellent way to enjoy yourself and just have a great time. But, if you want to make the best of it and have the best experience over it, safety is paramount. Below are some guidelines to help you keep safe and secure while trekking Colorado.
Treking is a mini-adventure. It lets you take a break from your usual routine without the time and expense involved in “real” holidays. You can experience new things, and, if you want, challenge yourself physically. If you’re a resident of Colorado, you never lack for opportunities. Colarado has a great deal of expert-level hiking treks, far enough to give that 'in the wilds' feeling yet still pretty close by to major towns.
Don’t Go Unprepared
It’s a scout’s motto, and it’s a good motto to adopt. Wilderness activities involve many risks. But most of these risks can be easily avoided or at least eased if you keep in mind your basic knowledge about outdoors survival and preparation.
The essential thing you need to do is to know what risks you’re likely to encounter. The idea of exploring in the Colorado mountain wild areas produces all kinds of horror and adventure stories of likely disasters when in actual fact the most risk anyone is likely to face is pretty mundane – getting cold and wet.
As with most hiking trips, trekking in Colorado requires you to lighten your load as much as you can. That on its own is not too difficult, if only you knew exactly what youwere going to come up against on a hike. Your lack of knowledge is never more emphasized when it’s your first time being in that area. So the likelyhood is that you are you are going to going to be tempted to load up your backpack with all kinds of emergency equipment, when the only equipment you actually require are things that can protect you from rain storms, quick drops in temperature, heavy windy conditions, injuries, tiredness, becoming lost, and encounters with animals.
It gets easier if you follow these sensible practices when you go:
• Before you travel out from the trail start, be sure that you leave some sort of word about what trail you are intending to follow, what time you departed, etc. In this way, if you haven't returned after a long period, someone will have an idea where to look for you. However, be cautious about leaving to much information as not every person has the best of intentions.
• Try not to hike alone. Even a small injury or probem can turn into a potential disaster if there is no one else to assist you.
• Take your mobile if you have one in case of an incident that requires someone to help you. It's often the case in remote regions, you will not be able to get a mobile connection due to the mountainous landscape, being in a deep valley, or distance. However, even if you cannot get an initial signal, you or a friend can climb to a ridge or hill peak and have a good chance for a signal from there.
• Make sure someone in town knows where you are headed and when you intend to return. If you don’t make it back in good time, they can notify the rescue services.