After a hiker dies after an apparent fall from the southwest face of South Maroon Peak in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area in Pitkin County, it's important to be aware of the dangers of the great outdoors.
The Western Slope has many outdoor adventures to offer and no matter your skill level, whether your hiking, biking, or climbing, unexpected things can happen when you hit the trails for a day of fun. So its important to know how to keep yourself safe out there.
Some essentials to pack before a trip to the trails are, sunscreen, bug spray, a compass, and a map and plenty of water. Also if you are climbing to a high altitude, be sure to bring a jacket in case it gets cold later in the day. For more information consult an outdoors expert before heading out into the wilderness.