Climate & Conditions
Most of our programs are located in the Sangre de Cristo (translation the blood of Christ) range of the Sothern Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. Elevation can range from 7,200ft to 13,100ft. The air is generally dry and crisp with many weather variations. Temptress may range from 40’s overnight to mid 80’s by mid-day. Because of the dry air, change in altitude and sometimes hard physical work, staying hydrated is hard! Because of this, we recommend everyone starts drinking water and hydrating before you arrive. Be prepared to feel the effects of high altitude. Drinking water (stay away from sodas) and arriving prepared (you have been walking right) will help lessen these effects.
You need to commit to doing what is necessary to be healthy. It is important to eat everything provided. You don’t need to pack a bunch of extras, but a few snacks are great for the trail. Adding a drink mix to your treated water is very popular. Drinking water is the most important aspect of staying healthy. With climate, altitude, and increase in exercise, the body requires more water than normal.
The weather changes often and rain frequently interrupts our day. Because of this, rain gear is necessary and properly broken in footwear is essential to staying safe and comfortable. While there is no need to rush out and buy expensive rain gear or footwear, there are a few rules to picking out good gear. First, look for gear that fits well. Raingear should allow for larger layers (like a fleece pullover) underneath and versatility like good ventilation or packability are helpful. Footwear should fit well and be waterproof if possible, Wet boots may take days to dry (if they ever do). Treating leather or cloth boots with waterproofing should be considered a must before you hit the trail. Boots should also be broken into your foot. You should have personally put at least 25 miles on any pair of boots you bring (even if you borrowed a pair).
We are also in black bear country, so we will be taking precautions and educating participants on proper practices such as using bear boxes on our property, using bear hangs in the Forest and Wilderness area, and carrying bear spray on our hikes.