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Tip of the day

Understand and protect your sleeping bag's temperature rating! 
Remember, these are low-end, assisted ratings. 

1) You will need an insulated sleeping pad and some clothing layers to keep comfortable down to your bag's temperature rating.

2) Learn how to properly close and cinch your bag around your body to retain heat.

3) Store your bag by hanging it  - not crammed in the stuff sack. This keeps the fill from getting compressed and losing its insulating power.



Featured Trail

Maroon Lake, Crater Lake, Maroon Bells Loop - Colorado

Rating: Difficult

This multi-day loop starts at Maroon Lake.  After climbing to Crater Lake, the trail turns south to loop around the Maroon Bells. Be prepared for creek crossings and expansive views pepper as you click to the 12,500-foot West Maroon pass. Turn north, following Halsey Basin’s eastern edge to the steep, loose climb to 12,415-foot Frigid Air pass. Long sweeping switchbacks descend eastward into Fravert Basin. After crossing the North Fork Crystal River, the trail turns climbs again toward the 12,400-foot Trailrider pass. The trail skirts Snowmass Peak through scree fields close to the treeline near Snowmass Lake.

The trail winds through wetland meadows and climbs steadily uphill toward your final major pass, 12,462-foot Buckskin Pass. The last several miles of this trek run downhill to rejoin your previous route at Crater Lake. Retrace the trail 1.6 miles back to the trailhead.

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