Fall is one of the best times of the year to experience the mountains. The landscape vistas are inspiringly beautiful and there are fewer people, fewer bugs, and much more comfortable hiking temps. But it’s also one of the least predictable months, and the weather can switch at a moment’s notice. This fall, when you come to the Island at Rock Creek and you decide to enjoy the mountains, it’s important to pack efficiently; a day could begin as t-shirt weather and turn to a whiteout blizzard a few hours later. Here’s a few tips to keep yourself safe and comfortable…
Layering is the number one way to stay comfortable in unpredictable conditions. If you have enough clothing to stay warm when the weather turns cold, but are also able to shed layers as the temps increase, you will have better odds of staying comfortable. A rain jacket is a vital piece of gear. Most rain jackets are efficient and are easily stowed in a backpack. There are even rain jackets that can be rolled up into an exterior pocket to the size of a softball, and weigh practically nothing. Choose clothing that is both efficient and light.
It’s also important to pack plenty of water. And plan for any possible contingency: fill a water jug with enough water for the trip, but also pack a method to decontaminate water in the event you run out or become stranded (An unexpected storm could slow your progress enough that water demands become important). Even a few hours without water can be dangerous, especially if you’re hiking physically demanding terrain.
If you have any questions about where to hike, your hosts at The Island at Rock Creek can help to show you numerous options to get you out on the trails and enjoying the mountains. If you are ready to book your first or next stay, call The Island at Rock Creek today.