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How to prepare for a winter hike

winter hike prep

Last week's cold streak was a reminder that winter is on its way.

After a few instances across the state where people weren’t as prepared for the elements as they should’ve been, KRDO spoke to experts on how you can be ready for whatever comes your way.

In addition to telling a few people where you’re going and when you expect to be back, we have a few more tips on how to make sure you survive if you’re ever stranded in the wilderness.

In the winter, it’s that much easier to find yourself stranded, especially if you’re traveling alone.

Experts say that’s frowned upon.

Deputy Bruce Benjamin of Pitkin County says the secret is to make sure you’re ready for any kind of weather.

“Conditions can change quickly so preparation is the key,” he explained.

Patricia Cameron, founder of CO Blackpackers, agrees.

“The people who are most at risk for having the biggest problems outdoors are the ones who pack for days and don’t pack the supplies for an emergency,” said Cameron.

That means bring plenty of extra food. And, Cameron says layers are a must.

“Especially in Colorado because the weather can go very quickly from its sunny and it’s kind of warm to its brutally cold outside,” said said.

Other tips? Spikes for your shoes, hiking poles, wool socks, and really anything except cotton.

Officials also tell us the number one thing you should bring with you is a spot device. You can use it to notify responders if you’re stuck and don’t have cell service. Newer models also allow you to message responders to tell them exactly what’s wrong, so they can bring the right gear.

Colorado Outdoors / Local News / News

Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO.