This Tip was provided by Northern Irish Explorer, Sinead Corr.
If you’ve started feeling fenced in and stressed out by the unrelenting pace of city life then Aspen is the perfect escape. Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains this quintessential American Ski town has become famous for its popularity with the rich and famous, as well as its chilled out vibes, courtesy of the legality of marijuana.
- Water, water and more water! I made the costly mistake of thinking one small bottle would be enough…it wasn’t. The rationing was brutal and had me close to tears several times! This hike is tough and it is difficult to breathe, so stock up!
- Bring a change of clothes to change at the top, because trust me, you are going to sweat. A LOT. Also bring something warm as although you feel like you will never be cool again, the gondola ride back down can get super chilly.
- Don’t forget to soak in the experience and the phenomenal views as you climb. The hike may be physically challenging but the views of the snow topped Rockies are well worth the pain!
If you feel any nausea at the thought of rigorous physical activity, fear not! There are plenty of beautiful walks at ground level. You can take a stroll through the stunning John Denver Gardens where you will find his lyrics carved into rocks to commemorate the singers time spent, and the songs he wrote about Aspen.