How to Summer Properly in the Mountains
It’s summer time in the mountains and that means long hot days, cool nights, patio brunching, and of course, lots of festivals! It’s officially event season, not just for Team Player, but the whole state is buzzing with things to do over the next few months. We know, it’s a rough life when you have to choose between music in the mountains, wine on old main street, or beer in the park. But, hey, someone’s gotta enjoy life. So with so many things to do up here it might be a good idea to prepare. And we don’t just mean practicing your beer pong skills…
- Invest in some gear: Yea, we hate going to the mall too. But, these days there are so many good online options for new and used products that there’s no excuse to still be wearing that super holey Patagonia fleece (but really, how is it still so soft?!). If you’re heading to the mountains, especially somewhere remote, it’s best to bring emergency backups for things like batteries, rain jackets, and a good tent. Or at least a grab a tarp and some real shoes…no one wants a flip flop blow out.
- Bundle Up: Just because it’s hot as Hades during the day doesn’t mean the nights won’t bite. We like to use “The Layer Technique” in which everyone starts with 5 layers of clothing and then progressively takes them off and puts them back on throughout the day depending on which cloud shadow or stream of water they might be standing in. If there were a national strip poker competition, you better believe Colorado would have it in the bag.
- Hydrate: H20. And lots of it. If you’re in the mountains chances are it’s doing something fun and active which usually burns a lot more calories than sitting on the couch. So bring plenty of water for you, your dog, and then remember to drink it (at least a little in between the beers).
- Ask for directions: Yep, we said it. There’s no shame in stopping at the local saloon to make sure your friend’s scribbles on a napkin are actually correct. Unless you’re a local, chances are high you’ll miss the random rock on the trail or small ribbon tied to a tree telling you the next turn. If you’re more into “free roaming” then by all means at least bring a compass or a map (uh huh, the kind that are printed on trees). No one wants to be up a creek without a paddle. Or an iPhone.
- Follow the Buddy System: It works for the bathroom and the woods (sometimes together in this case). Sure, the majestic mountains are calling and you can find your true inner peace when alone on a summit. But you can also get seriously lost or injured out there by yourself. Unless you’re Crocodile Dundee or Ranger Rick (here you go millennials), we highly recommend going in a group especially to uncharted new territory. Seriously though, summer is best enjoyed with good friends, good eats and good times.
So get out there and find your thing; follow a river, climb that 14er and enjoy some of the great activities and events the mountains have to offer!