How to Hike Quandary Peak near Breckenridge with a Synapse 19
I find myself in totally uncharted waters. This next summer our family is traveling to Breckenridge to enjoy the cooler and dryer weather. In the past we have focused on short day hikes (mostly of the geo-caching flavor). This year, though, I have decided to hike my first 14er. I've been on Quandary many years ago (so long ago I really don't remember much about it at all), but never did the full hike.
I am in good health (I run 2-3 miles 3+ times a week, and I'm working on core strengthening), although I'm not a workout guru by any stretch of the imagination. Also, the fact that I live at elevation 12' has me slightly concerned about how my muscles and stamina will perform in the thinner air. I'm in my mid-40's, so while I'm not "old," I'm certainly not a 20-something either.
From what I gather, the 14's are heavily hiked, so I'm not concerned necessarily with getting lost. I will be bringing my Garmin along. Also, I will be doing this with my husband, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. My GPS is an older Garmin GPSmap handheld variety that takes AA batteries. My questions are as follows:
1. Can I do this adequately with a Synapse 19?
2. If so, what should I carry along the way?
While I do have a Camel-Bak, it is one that is of the minimalist variety. It would just carry the bladder, a trail bar, and lip balm. That's it. I greatly prefer to use my Synapse, because I imagine I will need a little more than that for a full day hike up a mountain.
3. Any other pointers? Training tips? Preferred hiking boots? I just gave my Vasque hiking boots to my daughter, as my feet weren't fitting in them properly any more. Oh, and I do suffer occasionally from Plantar Fasciitis, although it seems to be under good control at the moment.
Thanks for the pointers. I know there are many much more serious hikers out there than I'll ever be, and I'm looking forward to learning from you all. I'm very excited about my bucket list being tackled in this way.:cool: