Day Hiking Gearlist
- Lightweight hiking boots or trail running shoes
- 2 pair lightweight hiking socks
- 1 light shell or plastic poncho for rain
- 1 Bandanna or cap
- 1 pair hiking poles (optional)
- 1 headlamp
- 2 liter/quart water capacity
- Insect Repellant
- Pain Reliever
- Camera (optional)
When not hiking, we’ll be at the house or about town. Wear what you’re comfortable with.
For hiking, wear non-cotton clothing. Shirts, pants, things underneath should all be non-cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture (sweat, rain, etc.) and holds it. Next thing you know you’re chilled headed for mild hypothermia in the middle of summer. Very bad. And then there’s the chaffing too.
Think layers. We’ll start two of our hikes in the cool of the morning (temp in the 50’s) and finish them in mid afternoon (temps in upper 60’s). Wear a t shirt for a base with a long sleeve shirt over it. Peel off the out layer as the day warms up.
On Wednesday we’ll be starting out on the big peak at 4am (temp in the 40’s), very chilly. You’ll want a light shell over the top of the other two layers. You can peel off as needed. The big peaks are pretty windy and chilly at the top and you’ll want your light jacket to put on up there.
A rule of thumb for the right amount of clothing on these hikes is that you should feel chilly when standing still. Once we get moving you’ll heat up to just the right feel.
We’ll be living at 10,000 ft elevation. We’ll be day hiking Monday and Tuesday up to 12,000 ft. as we acclimate to the elevation. Wednesday we’ll be hiking up Mt Elbert, the tallest peak in CO, at over 14,000 ft. It’s pretty awesome out there.
Everyone has to acclimate to higher elevations with reduced oxygen. Some people are further affected with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), others are not. I am one who is affected. To speed acclimatization and prevent getting sick, I take Diamox.
Diamox is a diuretic, a water pill, prescribed for people diagnosed with congestive heart failure. What it also does besides taking water off your body is it increases your red blood cells. The red blood cells carry the oxygen, so hence your body is getting more oxygen.
If you do not know whether you are altitude sensitive or not, talk to your doctor and ask for Diamox. Play it safe. You don’t want to travel to Colorado and spend the week sick in bed.
Other Options: If you Google altitude sickness preventatives, you’ll find other options like Gingko. Just say “no” to the other option. Studies show they’re all placebos except Diamox.
Diamox: I take 125mg twice a day. I usually get 250mg pills that I have to cut in half. It’s a hassle but can be done. Some folks have been able to get 125mg pills. Get 10 days worth of Diamox and start taking it 3 days before you will be at altitude. Talk to your doctor.
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