Hiking Rocky Mt Natl Park for Women

I've signed up for this trip in mid-July. Info says to bring "layers for cold weather." Are we just talking base layers, shirts and long pants -- or heavy coat, hats, gloves, etc? I know we're up in the altitude, but it's mid-July and I don't want to take up space in my luggage dragging a bunch of heavy clothes that I won't really need. If anyone has been on this trip in the summer and can give me advice, I'd sure appreciate it.

Carol Priddy

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  • I went on this trip, but in early Sept last year. That said, you should prepare for colder temps & wind and possibly rain, especially when you hike up Flattop Mountain at 12,000 ft. It's hard to predict what the weather will be like from day to day, so definitely bring layers that you can easily stuff into your daypack when you don't need them. I like thin wool baselayers. A warm-ish hat is a good idea, as well as lightweight gloves. Buffs are great for neck covers and ear covers, if your neck and ears tend to get cold. It might rain, so bring a lightweight rain jacket -- a packable one that one that folds up into it's own pocket would work well. And bring hiking pants that dry out quickly, jeans don't dry and are heavy and bulky. And maybe a lightweight jacket, vest, or windbreaker.

    Check out the photos on the program listing, that's the program I was on. It was early September but it gives you an idea of the kind of clothing we wore, lots of layers. Many participants had lightweight packable jackets (NanoPuff or similar) which were really good to have at the higher elevations. I can't say how cold it will be in mid-July as opposed to early Sept but it wouldn't hurt to be prepared.

    This is a *great* program, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! - Jo   

    (edit:  oops, I see you already went.  I hope you had fun!)

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  • I went on this trip, but in early Sept last year. That said, you should prepare for colder temps & wind and possibly rain, especially when you hike up Flattop Mountain at 12,000 ft. It's hard to predict what the weather will be like from day to day, so definitely bring layers that you can easily stuff into your daypack when you don't need them. I like thin wool baselayers. A warm-ish hat is a good idea, as well as lightweight gloves. Buffs are great for neck covers and ear covers, if your neck and ears tend to get cold. It might rain, so bring a lightweight rain jacket -- a packable one that one that folds up into it's own pocket would work well. And bring hiking pants that dry out quickly, jeans don't dry and are heavy and bulky. And maybe a lightweight jacket, vest, or windbreaker.

    Check out the photos on the program listing, that's the program I was on. It was early September but it gives you an idea of the kind of clothing we wore, lots of layers. Many participants had lightweight packable jackets (NanoPuff or similar) which were really good to have at the higher elevations. I can't say how cold it will be in mid-July as opposed to early Sept but it wouldn't hurt to be prepared.

    This is a *great* program, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! - Jo   

    (edit:  oops, I see you already went.  I hope you had fun!)

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