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There are countless resources about how to explore the wilderness, but here are a few to get you started! Please reach out to your officers with any questions or concerns you may have

about being safe and prepared in the outdoors.


Here you can find information about hiking trails and permits. Plan hikes and purchase permits

National Park Service: Check trail conditions, closures, and guidelines

All Trails: Find hikes and download trail maps

Hiking Project: Find hikes and download trail maps

Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP): City of Boulder trail closures and conditions

There are also some handy apps you can download for your phone:

All Trails: (mobile version)

Hiking Project(mobile version)

Far OutDownload trail maps and stats,

but also get info about water sources and campsites

This website is super helpful if you are just getting into hiking!


These websites show dispersed campsites on public land, which means you can camp there for free.

Make sure to check local guidelines to make sure you're camping properly.

iOverlander: free dispersed camping

Free Campsites: free dispersed camping

Campendium: free dispersed camping and paid campsites

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): public land that allows free dispersed camping

US Forest Service (USFS): public land that allows free dispersed camping

CAUTION: These videos are intended to kickstart your knowledge, but are by no means a replacement for official first aid training.

First Aid

It's essential to bring first aid kits while exploring the outdoors.

Check out our PACK LISTS below to see what gear you should bring.

You can also become certified in wilderness first aid from the following programs.

This is the best way to make sure you and your fellow hikers are safe in the backcountry.

CU Wilderness Medicine: courses offered through the university

NOLS Wilderness First Aid (WFA): basic course for casual hikers and backpackers

NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR): more advanced course for professionals

The following videos will give you some tips for administering first aid.

The first is a basic intro, and the second goes into depth for those interested in this subject.


It's very important to check the weather before heading into the mountains, especially in Colorado.

These resources will help you understand when to hike and when to bail.

REI: Weather Basics for Backpackers

Outside Online: Backcountry Weather Conditions


Some great apps and websites to keep in your pocket:

Wunderground: Weather, radar, etc.

AccuWeatherWeather, radar, etc.

Meteo BlueThe usual tools, plus info about wind patterns,

atmospheric pressure, and other important features

NOAAMore detailed weather info,

especially predictions and live updates

National Weather Service: Provides detailed weather info,

especially alerts and predictions.

Pack Lists

We created a few pack lists for you to download. Each one is tailored to specific types of trips,

but there is quite a bit of overlap between them.







You do not need every item on these lists. They are just meant to give you ideas of what to bring.

Pack Lists

Local Gear Shops

Hikers often ask us where to buy gear, so here's a list of some places nearby.

REIthey have everything

Membership: sign up, trust us it's worth it for the perks

Rentals and Repairs: hiking, camping, snowshoeing, etc.

Re/Supply (aka. Garage Sale): used gear with amazing prices

Boulder Sports Recycler: used gear for great prices

Denver Wilderness Exchange: used and discounted gear

Neptune Mountaineering: can be expensive, but super helpful staff

Moosejaw: shop online or get a local store discount through the club

Fjällräven: expensive, but high quality and they offer a club discount

Facebook Marketplace: people are always selling gear in the area

Craigslist: old school version of FB Marketplace, but still has good finds

Bare Boulder: gear repairs, which can be cheaper than buying new

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They sponsor some of our trips and give us gear!

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