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We went to Buena Vista for Labor Day weekend with some friends and it was a wonderful adventure! One of the things we knew we wanted to do while we were there was get in some fun hiking! I grew up hiking – it’s in my blood! It is one of my favorite workout activities because you get beautiful scenery the whole time and most days I even forget I am working out (except for those steep inclines! 😉 )
I’ve been so many times but it is good to be reminded of the important things to consider when planning a hike!
Here are my five tips:
Colorado can go from hot to cold in one minute! Make sure that you are prepared for the season with several layers. It gets warm while you are adventuring around because your body is working hard but rain may just be around the corner and can cool things down drastically!
KNOW THE WEATHER
Along with bringing layers, know what the weather plans are. Weather changes in an instant here in Colorado. You do not want to be caught at the top of the mountain in a thunderstorm. If you are hiking a mountain, plan to reach the summit and be on your way down by noon to avoid the typical afternoon storms. A quick weather check will help you figure out what to pack, what trail to take, and how long to be gone.
Water is always so important! Not only are you being active (and sweating) but you may also be at a much higher elevation than you are used to! Even when I go hiking in Buena Vista we are at a higher elevation than I live at and it is even more important to be drinking tons of water to avoid altitude sickness!
PLAN THE HIKE
You don’t need to know everything, but be sure to know some things! Try to make sure you have a map of the trails and know approximately how long the trail you want to take is. There is nothing worse than going on a trail without knowing where it is going, how long it is, and getting stuck miles out in terrible weather. Knowing where you are going and ways to get back is the safest plan! There will still be so many new things to discover on the trials while you hike but be safe about it!
Hiking & adventuring are such a blast but sometimes you find yourself going from trails to dinner and you don’t want to feel gross doing that. The AO+ Mist from Mother Dirt is the perfect way to combat after hike sweatiness! I love Mother Dirt products because they restore and maintain good bacteria on your skin. These days we focus so much on being squeaky clean and germ -free but we don’t think about the healthy bacteria we are stripping off our skin too.
We have all we need to be perfectly clean but our skin still isn’t perfect. Bacteria is a natural part of the human ecosystem and our bodies actually function better with it. I love these products and have noticed smoother skin, better hydration (without putting on lotion all the time), and even less body odor (even when I didn’t reapply my deodorant after hiking!) I brought the Mother Dirt Cleanser, Shampoo, and AO+ Mist on our trip to Buena Vista as I’ve been working them into my normal routine. I felt clean & fresh even though we were out and hiking around all weekend.