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Elaine Dermody: Leave no trace

Great article and pictures by Scott Franz in Sunday’s cover article, “Adventure Beckons.”

I’m totally envious of the sighting of the bighorns. As many times as I’ve been there, I’ve never seen them. Even without the bighorns, climbing Mount Zirkel is a high (pun intended) worth putting on your bucket list if you are capable of the somewhat strenuous hike.

Ideally, take three days, but at least two, however some do it in one (totally insane). It is best to visit early in the day to decrease your chance of getting caught in a storm.

I’m writing to add to Scott’s list of what you need. Forget the wind breaker, you need to carry a rain jacket and at least a lightweight fleece. If you are staying overnight, take a warmer jacket, hat, gloves and rain pants.

Weather at high altitudes can be very unpredictable and undesirable. I’ve encountered freezing temperatures, rain, wind and hail on more than one occasion camping at Slavonia Mine.

Most of your hike will be in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness so become familiar with the wilderness regulations, which include no camping or campfires within 100 feet of all streams and trails nor within a 1/4 of a mile of Gold Creek and Gilpin lakes.  

Have fun and please practice Leave No Trace.

Elaine Dermody

Steamboat Springs

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