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Day Hiking Guide

August 5, 2018

Hiking is one of the most accessible ways to get started in the outdoor activity world that Telluride has to offer.  The great thing about this activity is that you really do not need that much to get started and anyone with the ability to walk can start hiking.  As time progresses, you can decide to get nicer gear, and more technical equipment.  However, if you are just starting out, there are only a few things you really need to get started. cbutte-hike

One of the most important pieces of equipment you will want to invest in if hiking is your choice in footwear.  Depending on the length of the hike, as well as the difficulty of the hike, will help you determine which shoes are best for you.  Shorter day hikes often only require a trail shoe, and some people love hiking in adventure sandals like the brand Chaco Or Teva. If you are planning on going on a much longer or more technical hike, hiking boots will offer more support and be better for your feet and body over an extended period.

Make sure to break in new foot wear before deciding to go on an extended hike.  You will thank yourself later.  Whichever shoes you do decide to wear, make sure they fit properly and that you wear good socks.   A go -to material in the hiking world is wool socks.  They come in a variety of thicknesses, so do not panic in thinking that wool socks are just itchy and hot.  Wool is not what it used to be.  Wool is not just an itchy ugly sweater that your grandma gave you.  Today, wool is known for its moisture wicking capabilities and its anti-microbial properties.  It sounds funny that socks are so important, but they really are.  Keep in mind length of the sock, how much cushion is comfortable in the shoes you are wearing, and once you’ve decidHiker couple looking at map in forested on the socks, try them with your shoes together to make sure it is a good fit.  Anything you can do to avoid a blister while hiking will truly make a world of difference.

The next thing you will want to address is what to bring with you.  For a day hike, some of the biggest essentials are food and water.  Bringing more than you need is never a bad idea. If you are hiking in an area unfamiliar, you might want to bring a water purifier.

 Also, when hiking in the mountains, always have the idea in your mind that the weather may change.  Always bring a rain jacket with you and an extra layer for warmth.  You might start your hike in the hot sun, but the summit might be very cold and raining at the top. 

Make sure to bring a map of the area, as well as a headlamp or source of light so you can see it if you end up being out later than you had planned.   Also, having some sort of knife or multitool may come in handy, as well as a first aid kit.  Finally, always remember sunscreen and sunglasses.  The sun up in the altitude is much more intense than at sea level.  Even if you are not prone to getting sunburnt, the sun high up in elevation is much more intense. 

Packing a small day pack with a camelback filled with water and some extra safety precautions, you’ll be sure to have a much more enjoyable day on the trail.  Hiking is a great way to discover the beauty of Telluride.  By planning beforehand, it will make for a much more enjoyable experience. 

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