Fall and spring are fickle in Alberta, so if you head out for a hike, you need to be prepared for every season in one day. Here are our top 5 tips for fall (or spring) hiking in Alberta.
*CHECK AVALANCHE FORECASTS BEFORE HEADING OUT!*
- Carry the Ten Essential Systems. While all are important, be sure to have a headlight for each person plus extra batteries to avoid being caught out after dark and unable to find your way back to your car (in which case you will need the rest of the essential systems). Extra layers are an absolute must as temperatures can drop rapidly. We bring one down sweater/vest per person, and extra mitts and socks for the kids since they tend to get wet playing in the snow. If it isn't quite cold enough for snow pants, rain pants are great for blocking the wind or protecting against wet snow. We like MEC and Oakiwear Rain Pants.
- For a multi-season hiking pack list, please see The Ultimate Day Hike Pack List.
- See Keeping Kids Warm in Winter for tips on dressing kids for cold weather; includes what to look for and product recommendations.
We LOVE the Patagonia Down Sweater!
|Kahtoola Microspikes and Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters|
|Comfy break time with our Thermarest Z Lite SOL|
|Hot cocoa for the win! Bring mini marshmallows in a ziploc bag.|
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