Ranger offers tips for backcountry hiking

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Ranger offers tips for backcountry hiking

Lisa Foster, a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, has scaled Longs Peak in every month of the year.
Hiking for all seasons

Before you go, check the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing and gear. If your route takes you high, call the area park ranger or U.S. Forest Service office for specific information.



What to carry



On a recent cool day in September, Lisa Foster had the following in her day pack for a trip up Longs Peak:



A headlamp (a predawn start is essential)

Sunglasses

Neck gaiter

Sunscreen

Cellphone

First-aid kit

Fleece cap

Baseball cap

Light polypropylene gloves

Heavy polypropylene gloves

Fleece jacket

Rain jacket

Rain pants

Insulated jacket

Climbing helmet

Crampons

Ice ax

Water

Sandwiches

Ranger offers tips for backcountry hiking

Lisa Foster, a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, has scaled Longs Peak in every month of the year.
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