Cathy Walton-Smith: 10 essentials you should never go hiking without |

Cathy Walton-Smith: 10 essentials you should never go hiking without

We seem to be having the beautiful Indian summer that we have been waiting for. Hiking in Grand County is the best in the fall. The undergrowth is thinner, the trees are golden, the risk of a lightning strike is reduced, and the air temperature is perfect for a brisk hike. Most of us have been too busy all summer to even get in a short hike. Now is the time.Please remember, however, that this is a wilderness area and there is some danger in hiking here. You should never go alone, and always bring a few basics in case things dont go as planned. Here is a list of 10 essentials you should never go hiking without. Most will fit in a lightweight backpack or fanny pack.1. Map of the area you are hiking.2. Compass to help you figure out where you are on the map.3. Flashlight and extra batteries in case you dont make it back before dark.4. Emergency clothing light jacket, hat, gloves, rain slicker, extra socks.5. Food & water power bars or candy bars.6. Basic first aid kit bandages, gauze, etc.7. Sunglasses sunburned corneas take a long time to heal.8. Pocket knife.9. Matches and some fire starter (like dryer lint) in a dry Ziploc bag.10. A whistle less tiring than shouting in case you need rescuing.There is still time to sign up for Team Grand Lake Race for the Cure in conjunction with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Rance for the Cure in Denver. Its this Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. The start and finish line will be at Pancho & Leftys in Grand Lake. Registration forms are available at Grand Lake Town Hall and at the Century 21 Grand Lake office or at Kremmling Memorial Hospital Radiology Dept. For more info contact Carolyn Jennings at (970) 627-3056. If you have already registered, pick up your race packet at the Century 21 Grand Lake office in the Waconda any time today or tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on Saturday before 1 p.m. Late sign-ups are welcome right up to the start of the race.My great friend Jodie Kern, who is one of our emergency services dispatchers in Grand County and who you may know, designed the logo on the back of the national 911 dispatch T-shirt to fight breast cancer. The shirt is now available online at This may be a big break for Jodie and her artistic abilities.Happy birthday to Jean-Claude at Carolines Cuisine. I wonder how old he is in French years?The Grand Arts Council is co-sponsoring a concert to benefit Zack Peterson who returned home this week.Its hard to believe its been over two months since his near-fatal car accident. All of the performers and all of the food have been donated.Save the date Oct. 11, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. Peggy Mann, Steve Cormey and Brad Pregeant will join in concert to welcome back Zack. Admission is $10 per person, with food and a cash bar available for an additional donation.All proceeds will be deposited in the Zack Peterson Fund set up at Grand Mountain Bank.A freeHomebuyers Workshop will he held Oct. 22, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Town Hall boardroom. This class will help you to become a successful homeowner, and offers help in navigating this crazy buyers market. Learn about down payment assistance, special loan programs, and new tax credit programs. The class also includes a free workbook. Please register in advance by calling (970) 887-7271 or visit Sponsored by the Grand County Housing Authority and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. By completing this class, you’ll earn a certificate that could help you qualify for down payment assistance or special loan programs.Ladies, start working out those kinks in your bones, and join the new fall session of Belly Dance classes. Learn isolation, coordination and new ways to move and stretch. Wear comfortable clothes and plan to enjoy this great invigorating class. All movements are low impact and appropriate for all ages. Classes are on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Granby Recreation/Senior Center. These one-hour classes are ongoing and you are welcome to join any time for the $10 drop-in fee, or sign up for the next six-week session, beginningOct. 9, for $50. To sign up, call me at (970) 531-3055.Never worry about what people think; they don’t do it very often.

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