Seasons greetings from Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours
! We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for choosing us this past year for your adventure travel needs! We truly appreciate your loyalty and we’re excited to continue providing you with exceptional service in 2022!
Being a Canmore located company gives us the privilege to serve the wonderful people of Alberta. And trust me when I say we don’t take this opportunity for granted! With the holidays fast approaching, we would like to offer a few tips for any holiday hiking excursions you may find yourself in!
Here are five festive hiking tips that you can use to make the most of your expeditions this holiday season!
1. Watch the Weather
Alberta is notorious for its vacillating weather patterns. As the old saying goes around here, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” With this in mind, prior to heading out on any hikes, be sure that you are checking the weather reports and staying on top of current as well as future conditions.
By knowing what the highs and lows will be on the day of your hike, in addition to wind velocity, odds of precipitation, etc, you’ll be able to best prepare yourself. And this is absolutely paramount, especially this time of year when colder temperatures are much more prevalent.
2. Dress in Layers
Dressing appropriately will be a determining factor as to whether or not your holiday hike is an enjoyable one. Ensure that you dress in layers and stay away from clothing consisting of cotton if possible. It holds onto moisture, and as a result, can become quite cold. Instead, use synthetic fabrics or even wool.
3. Ensure You Take Cautionary Measures
Properly plan and prepare. Research the trail you’re taking or the hiking path you’re looking to traverse. Once it’s been mapped out, ensure you keep a copy of it with a relative or friend. This is a safety measure that will serve you well should anything unexpected happen.
Additionally, you’ll want to ensure you have the right tools and equipment; bring a first aid kit, food, water, survival instruments, etc. You never know what could happen out there, so you’ll want to have all your bases covered. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
4. Play Games on the Trail
Trail games are a great way to bolster the mood and add some entertainment to the hike! I spy with my little eye is a popular one, elaborate scavenger hunts can also be quite amusing, and of course, who could forget twenty questions?!
Get creative with it, and you’d be surprised at the amount of fun you can have simply by goofing around a little on your hike! These types of games are especially useful if you’re hiking with children during the holidays!
5. Seize the Moment
Try recording your holiday-inspired hike through journaling, video, or pictures. These are great avenues to really capture the experience which you can then relay to others via YouTube, Instagram, and other social media outlets. Or if you’re more of a private person, you can just keep these memories private and come back to them whenever you need an emotional boost.
We hope that you have an amazing holiday season as well as a happy new year! If you feel a little stumped as to what gifts you would like to offer friends and family, you may want to consider the gift of summer cycling
or hiking tours
in the Canadian Rockies this holiday season!