Our mountain weather can be unpredictable. In the spring or summer, a bright sunny day can be interrupted with a hail-filled thunderstorm that can drop the temperature twenty degrees. Being prepared is essential in the Rockies. Always carry raingear. Our altitude can cause dehydration quickly, so carry plenty of water. Also, the sun is more intense with our high altitude, so covering up with sunscreen and clothing to avoid nasty sunburns is crucial.
Winter backcountry excursions are even more important to prepare for. Proper winter gear and preparation for sudden storms are essential. Estes has several mountain shops that can outfit you with the best winter footwear, clothing and survival gear.