1. Weather. Chances are good that you will have sunny, warm days (60s, low 70s) and clear cold nights (30s and 40s or colder) but not guaranteed. A sudden thunderstorm can drop temperatures 40 degrees in minutes. Snow is possible any time of the year in the mountains. Mountain fog can turn a warm sunny day into a cold, numbing experience. There is always wind with rain so rain suits are a must. Our recommended clothing list takes bad weather into consideration.
2. Physical Condition. Because we take just you and your guests, we can tailor the trek to your physical needs. However, an easy trek at sea level can be difficult to difficult in the mountains. All of our treks begin at 8,500 feet or higher. Some treks will take you above 12,000 feet. We strongly recommend that you schedule your llama trek at the end of your Colorado vacation so you will have time to acclimate to our altitude.
3. Trek Conditioning. About four weeks prior to your llama adventure, begin walking everyday at least 1-2 miles. Walk up and down (especially down) stairs and/or hills. Swimming is also good to get you in shape but should not be a substitute for walking. Aerobic pre-conditioning for lungs and leg muscles is a must. The better shape you’re in the more you’ll enjoy your Colorado Llama Adventure!
- 4. Footwear. Waterproof boots or trail shoes should be broken in before your trip. Blisters can ruin your trek. Tennis shoes, except for day treks, can leave your feet sore. We discourage sandals due to rocky and sometimes muddy trail conditions.
5. Rain Gear. Rain in the mountains is accompanied by wind and cold temperatures. Waterproof rain pants and a hooded waterproof rain jacket are essential. Beware of rain gear labeled weather or rain resistant or weatherproof. Unless it specifically says “waterproof” it isn’t, regardless of what a salesman tells you. A rain poncho just doesn’t cut it. Wind will blow the rain in and under; you will be very miserable and you could get hypothermia. If you don’t have gore tex or the equivalent you can go to Walmart, Kmart or Target and pick up an inexpensive PVC waterproof rain parka and pants in “sporting goods.”
6. Medications. Don’t forget medications you normally take at home. Hospitals and doctors will be unavailable once we’re on the trail. Please, for your own safety, tell us in advance of any health condition and/or medication you take.
7. Cell Phones. Phones usually don’t work in the mountains.
8. Clothing. The best approach is layering versus one heavy item e.g., jacket. Layering will allow you to adjust to constant changes in mountain temperatures. Clothing made from synthetic materials including fleece, polypropylene, acrylic, etc. are lightweight and quick drying. Avoid 100% cotton pants or jeans as they are heavy and cold when wet and extremely slow drying.
9. Water Hydration Daypack is advisable for all treks. You can get an affordable hydration pack at Walmart, Target or KMart.
You must limit your personal gear to 15 pounds or less per person. To ensure that your gear stays dry please put it in a lawn and leaf plastic bag, or use a waterproof stuff sack and zip-lock bags. Bring along an extra plastic bag for dirty clothes. If possible, bring along either unscented or lightly scented items, e.g., insect repellent, deoderant, so as not to attract wildlife.
Several outdoor companies provide quality clothing. They include Cabelas (cabelas.com); Campmor (campmor.com); REI (rei.com); Sierra Trading Post (sierratradingpost.com); and Eastern Mountain Sports (ems.com).
10. What Spruce Ridge Llamas Provides. We provide the llamas, guides, tents, sleeping bags, self inflating sleeping pads, camp chairs, water filters, food and cooking equipment, first aid kit. For all of our 3 day/2 night treks you'll receive your own Aquamira Water Filter Bottle for you to keep so you can drink from any freshwater source.
- Personal Clothing & Gear (what you might want to bring)
- Waterproof and broken in boots or trail shoes
- Tennis shoes or sandals for in-camp use (optional)
- Waterproof, hooded rain jacket and rain pants Hydration Daypack to access camera, raingear, extra shirt
Gloves and Stocking/ski hat
- Wide-brimmed hat or sun visor
- Acrylic Sweater or fleece pullover
- Long sleeve shirt (polypropylene, fleece or synthetic/not 100% cotton)
- Short sleeve shirt
- Long hiking pants
- Socks, one pair for each day + one extra pair
- Underwear change for each day
- Lightweight long underwear (optional)
- Toiletries (travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, wash cloth, biodegradable soap)
- Sunblock, chap stick, insect repellent (odorless)
- Moleskin for blisters
- Prescription medications, aspirin, personal first aid kit
- Small, lightweight flashlight with fresh batteries
- Camera, binoculars