Seasons greetings from Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours! Thank you for choosing us this past year for your adventure travel needs. Being a Canmore-located company gives us the privilege of serving the wonderful people of Alberta. With the holidays fast approaching, we are offering a few tips for any hiking excursions you may find yourself in. Here are four festive hiking tips that you can use to make the most of your expeditions this holiday season!

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1. Watch the Weather

Alberta is notorious for its vacillating weather patterns. The famous old saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” With this in mind, before heading out on any hikes, check the weather reports and stay on top of current and future conditions. Knowing what the highs and lows will be on the day of your hike, wind velocity, odds of precipitation, etc., you’ll be able to prepare yourself best. And this is 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 your hike is an enjoyable one, or a drag to get through. Dress in layers and stay away from cotton. It holds onto moisture and can become quite cold. Instead, use synthetic fabrics or wool.

3. Ensure You Take Cautionary Measures

Research the trail you’re taking or the hiking path you want to traverse. Once mapped out, keep a copy with a relative or friend. This safety measure 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, so you’ll want to have all your bases covered.

4. Play Games on the Trail

Trail games are a great way to bolster the mood and add 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 fun you can have on your hike! These games are beneficial if you’re hiking with children during the holidays.

Oh What Fun, It is to “Ride”!

We truly appreciate your loyalty and are excited to continue providing exceptional service in 2023! If you feel you need help with what presents you would like to offer friends and family, consider the gift of adventure with summer cycling or hiking tours in the Canadian Rockies. We hope you have a fantastic holiday season and a happy new year!      
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