Winter adventures present the opportunity to see the Earth after a costume change. Whether the land is snow covered or simply cold but bare, plants and animals wear their winter clothes, and even familiar places offer new discoveries. But cold-weather adventuring also presents the opportunity to develop hypothermia and frostbite, two potentially serious medical conditions. It’s important to note that while these conditions are risks in cold weather, “cold” can mean a summer rainstorm, not only a snowy midwinter day.
When asking people about winter hiking one of the first concerns they bring up is…being cold. Because being cold sucks and winter is kind of known for its cold weather. No matter where you live your version of “winter” comes with cooler temperatures than your version of “summer”. However, being cold is something you can [somewhat] easily mitigate with the proper layers…used in the proper order and at the proper times.
Let me start out this article with a little honesty…I do not exactly *love* winter camping. I have a very strong love-hate relationship with camping in the snow. This is mostly because I don’t handle big changes in temperature very well and once I’m warm I don’t want to face the snow just to empty my bladder before falling asleep.
Backcountry skiing is one of the fastest growing industries in the outdoors. Learning to safely go into the backcountry can be expensive and complicated, and not to mention dangerous – it’s not for everybody. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Colorado is the proud home of 32 ski resorts, some of which are open from October until April…or later. There is a cluster of well known ski resorts in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains. These are the resorts we reference in this article as we dig into how the popular ski resorts are planning to open during the COVID pandemic.
We tend to seek out the lesser known areas for our own adventures. This year we opted to spend our fall road trip weekend in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, located on the western slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Flat Tops Wilderness is a bit further north than the better known parts of the western slopes…but it is gorgeous, even when there’s a smokey haze.
We often see photos of beautiful trails and epic mountain summits in the Colorado Rockies but you don’t need to hike up a mountainside to experience the beauty of the Rockies. There are roads winding through the mountains that offer up stunning views. Colorado has nearly 100 mountain passes accessible by road [some paved, some very rugged]. This article highlights five of the most scenic mountain passes that are easily accessible. We also have five lesser known passes available via downloadable PDF to take your mountain road trip to the next level!
Crispy morning air. Sweaters + scarves + beanies. Pumpkin spice…everything. It sure does feel like fall here in the Rocky Mountains, which means the colors will be POPPIN’ very soon! Are you ready to explore the trails blanketed in aspen leaves?
Let us get you started with a list of the best trails to find fall colors…
Whether you’re ready or not, FALL IS HERE. The peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains are popping with the bright yellow of fall, the air is crispy in the morning and the wildlife is busy preparing for winter. This is the perfect time of year to head into the mountains — the crowds are manageable, you are likely to see wildlife and the mountains are on fire with color.
Heat-related illnesses fall on a spectrum ranging from mild to life-threatening. It’s critical to understand how to prevent these issues, which is a topic covered in detail in a subsequent section. It’s also important to be able to distinguish between different heat-related issues and know how to treat each one, bearing in mind that the goal is to prevent a smaller problem from progressing into more serious conditions.