I’ve had a number of people ask me about what to list in a hiking plan. As a solo hiker or hiking in a group, it is important to provide a specific plan to someone that can call in a rescue for you, if you do not return at a specified time. The more information, the better. I have always emailed my hiking plans to a few friends and family, but I thought that I would begin to share them. Please feel free to copy and use these for your own purposes.
I am heading into the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. My plan is to head toward Mount Alice (MAP). I hope to make it to at least Snowbank Lake, but all will depend on conditions. Of course, bears, lions, sheep, moose, or other wildlife could keep me snapping pics and reduce how far I go.
Trailhead: Wild Basin Trailhead
Planned Trails: Main trail to social trails leading to campsites to Thunder Lake Trail to Lion Lake Split. If I make it up Mount Alice, I may continue toward Boulder-Grand Pass and come down via Thunder Lake Trail.
Targets: Lion Lake #1, Snowbank Lake, Mount Alice, potentially Boulder-Grand Pass, Lake of Many Winds, and Thunder Lake
Communication / Contact Time
I will leave my InReach on all day. If my InReach fails, my text-in time is 11:00 pm. After that, my friend, Mike, will call me in.
(FYI – This can be accomplished by dialing 911, and describing the situation. Delorme InReach users can directly summon rescue from their devices.)
Delorme MapShare Site: https://share.delorme.com/SheaOliver
Please note: In the upper left hand corner are controls – “User List” & “Map Filters”
Map Filters – Use this to filter my current tracks!!!
User List – Check my location and message me. Please remember that it can take a while for me to receive and send messages.
Here is a map of Rocky Mountain National Park: http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/ROMO-Park-Map-2013-8×10-reduced.pdf
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Shea Oliver – Caucasian male, 6’3″, 230 lbs., blond curly hair, hazel eyes.
Gear – grey hiking shorts/pants, white/burgundy Under Armour t-shirt, burgundy rain jacket, brown Vasque hiking boots, orange/grey Thule backpack, Canon DSLR, plus lots of other gear.
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