Proper preparation before heading out on the trails

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

It's time to get outside and hit the trails but if this weekend is any indication of weekends to come we can expect unpredictable weather during the day and chilly nights. Mesa County Search and Rescue said packing the proper gear before you head out could mean the difference between life and death.

An avid backpacking couple said in extenuating circumstances thinking ahead made all the difference, especially when an impromptu lightening storm hit when she was on top of a mountain.

"So a matter of staying together but not closely knit we put down our packs and we put down our polls and stayed away from the rock and the trees," said backpacker Elizabeth Barry.

Mesa county ground team search and rescue member Doug Siekert said recently they rescued a man who got lost just one quarter of a mile from his truck and Siekert said his night alone in the cold would have been a lot better with preparation.

"Good enough clothing for what every kind of weather this time of season its rain, snow showers, sunshine we don't know what's going to happen," said Siekert.

Sikert also said at the very least people should carry matches, a flash light and plenty of water.

"Whether you are by yourself or with two or three people someone needs to know where you are going, because if you lose cell service at least they know where to start looking," said Siekert.

Elizabeth and her husband are hosting a backpacking tutorial on Saturday April 6, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and ANB bank at 6th and Rood.

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