Mentalpatient87: Good, good. Any advice for bringing along my dog? I was thinking about buying one of those little saddle bag things so she can carry her share...How about wildlife? Is there any merit to the idea of "marking your territory" with bear mace at your camp site to keep them away? I heard that suggested from someone.
LaRoach: Mentalpatient87: Is it something you think I honestly NEED?Now that we've driven you into a panic... :P It's all down to common sense. If I'm in an area that's well travelled I don't worry about it too much. Go do Mt. Bierstadt in the summer and it's practically a highway up there. I personally carry a small hand held radio most of the time but I'm happy to say I never needed it. When I do patrols (fun fact, you can be a volunteer "citizen ranger" in Boulder County) I always carry my radio just in case. Again, never needed it but I have handed out first aid supplies and water more than once.Earlier in the thread someone linked to the Ten Essentials. Start with those and work forward. You like winter skiing in the back country? Learn to use an avy probe and beacon. You like going deep into Weminuche? Consider a SPOT or ELT beacon and/or handheld ham radio. It all depends on what you want to do and how far your skills and budget will take you. The good news is CO is absolutely filled with people who do this all the time so there's no lack of opinions and resources.
Mentalpatient87: Is there any merit to the idea of "marking your territory" with bear mace at your camp site to keep them away?
LaRoach: Mentalpatient87: Keep pouring advice, people, it could save my life one day.Always carry enough gear to make it overnight. You don't need a tent but an emergency shelter (aka space blanket), extra layers, rain gear and some method for starting a fire are wise things to have. Know the signs of altitude sickness and just use common sense. Leave your route with a friend and expected time back. If you think you might go on a side trip mark that as a potential route on the map. Don't count on your cell phone working, btw.Colorado is gorgeous but it can kill you if you get careless.
Mentalpatient87: Keep pouring advice, people, it could save my life one day.
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