Dangers & Annoyances

Getting lost in the backcountry is a real possibility, as national and state parks, national forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas have few marked trails. Come prepared with a compass, topographic map, GPS (optional), enough food and water to get you by for a few extra days and, most importantly, the skills to use your equipment properly. Long sleeves and light pants will help fend off mosquitoes, while our bear tips should prevent any unpleasant encounters with these creatures. Glacier travel and mountaineering are dangerous endeavors. If you don’t know how to self-arrest and perform a crevasse rescue (or don’t know what these things are), you should go with a qualified guide.