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Snow crust proves tempting in Steamboat

Hikers, snowshoers find themselves stuck as top layer softens

Skier Jennifer Campbell leaves the cross-country trails at Lake Catamount Monday morning. Catamount has posted signs around the lake warning skiers that crust skiing is not permitted on the lake.

Backcountry necessities

If you’re going out to the backcountry, be sure you’re prepared. Routt County Search and Rescue veteran and spokesman Darrel Levingston suggests the following kit:

■ 1. Waterproof/windproof matches and lighter.

■ 2. Various fire starters: Vaseline soaked cotton balls, hand sanitizer, liquid gel.

■ 3. Small folding saw.

■ 4. Map and compass, and (optionally) a GPS device.

■ 5. Basic first aid kit (including antiseptic wipes, 2” x 2” sterile pads, medical tape, Benadryl tablets).

■ 6. Water bottle and water purification tablets or water filter system.

■ 7. Two reflective emergency blankets or reflective tarps.

■ 8. Energy bars, trail mix, power gels, cacao packets.

■ 9. Tin cup with insulated handle for warming snow or water.

■ 10. Warm hat and gloves, wool socks, fleece vest, rain coat and pants.

■ 11. Multi-tool (Leatherman type), duct tape (small amount), 15’-20’ lightweight rope.

■ 12. Headlamp with extra batteries.

■ 13. Sunscreen.

■ 14. Two days’ supply of essential prescribed medications.

■ 15. Cell phone (keep this close to your body to keep the battery warm).

Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll return and/or leave an itinerary on the front seat of your car.