"If you don't like the weather in Colorado, wait 5 minutes it'll change!"
How many times have you heard that? On many levels that seems to be very true in Colorado, we can leave in the morning on a sunny spring day and end up hiking through a wet blizzard in the afternoon!
The problem with that thinking is that most day hikers don't prepare for cold weather in the case they get lost on their favorite trail. Remember across the country Search and Rescue groups list on the top of their mission logs "day hikers" as the number one group to need found and/or rescued!
With the thought that bad weather may hit us but it'll pass soon enough is a very bad thought process to hold onto in the Colorado wilderness. Yes it can and does change quickly, unfortunately with Hypothermia at the top of the list for killing lost outdoor enthusiasts if the weather changes in 5 minutes from sun to rain and wait another five minutes for it to change to snow and then another 5 and you may find yourself standing there soaking wet, freezing, and fighting the wind! All the while the sun is going down.
So remember to dress appropriately and be prepared for any weather patterns you may run into within the mountains. Just because you're only planning on a day hike, prepare for a potential over night stay!
Weather can prove to be our worst enemy when faced with surviving so always keep in the back of your mind how you will combat every type of weather you may face while trekking in the outdoors!
Now get out there experience the beauty Colorado has to offer, practice your survival skills at every opportunity and stay warm, dry and alive!