By Stuart A. Schneck
Written through self-proclaimed 'geezers' who've shared forty-six years of climbing jointly, "The Geezers' consultant to Colorado Hikes" is the 1st booklet geared toward hikers over the age of sixty - in addition to not-yet-acclimatised viewers to Colorado - who desire a excellent outside event with minimum accompanying discomfort. Fifty-six hikes are defined that healthy, in a graded type, the actual functions of such a lot older hikers. whereas the vast majority of hikes indexed are within the Denver/Boulder sector and the close by foothills, the authors have specific numerous routes in Rocky Mountain nationwide Park, Aspen, and Vail that might attract extra bold readers up into the excessive Colorado Rockies.
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There is even an area for flying model airplanes. A launch site for hot-air balloons is located near the Deer Creek entrance. Be aware that the park is quite crowded in summer, particularly on weekends. Among the park’s striking features are its great blue herons. From March to May, they used to nest in the cottonwood trees lining the southeastern shore of the reservoir. In recent years, however, many of the cottonwoods have died and fallen over, victims of high water and winter storms. In addition, about three or four years ago, cormorants and eagles pre-empted the nesting sites before the herons returned.
One benefit of age seems to be a somewhat lower incidence of AMS as compared to young people. A recent study of visitors aged 59–83 from all over the country who spent five days in Vail (elevation 8,150 feet) disclosed that only 16 percent developed AMS, even though 20 percent had asymptomatic coronary artery disease, 34 percent had high blood pressure, and 9 percent had lung disease. This suggests that persons with pre-existing but mild heart and lung disease can probably tolerate moderate altitudes (8,000–9,000 feet) safely without an increased risk of developing AMS or other altitude-related syndromes.
Food should be simple in preparation and lightweight. Our trail mix is a combination of raisins, nuts, granola, and M&Ms®. Oranges provide fluid, potassium, and easily assimilated sugar for energy. Sandwiches with margarine, meats, and cheeses are nutritious and easily digested. You can make your own dietary additions as you wish. Dehydrated foods sold commercially are useful but expensive. Emergency high-calorie foods include dehydrated bacon bars, granola bars, and mint cakes (glucose bars). Some hikers like to carry small cooking stoves to brew hot drinks or 23 PREPARATION soups or to sterilize water, but we have done this only when snowshoeing.