A 71-year-old man was found dead after being reported missing.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department confirms that Don Chambliss, of Englewood, Colorado who was reported missing in the Torreys Peak region, was found Thursday afternoon on the peak at about 13,600 feet elevation. No further information about his was death was available at the time of this writing.

The hiker's death is a reminder that you should always think "safety first" when taking on any of Colorado's trails. The recent heatwave in western Colorado makes hiking extra challenging. First, of course, is to make sure you have plenty of water so take as much as you can comfortably carry. Try and hit the trails early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the scorching heat.

There are numerous other factors to consider when it comes to having a safe hiking experience. Thunderstorms and the accompanying lightning can be deadly. Recently a hiker was killed while hiking on Bear Peak. A sudden weather change, aggressive wildlife encounters, or perhaps a challenging or unstable stretch of trail, loose rocks,  are just a few hazards you could encounter on the trail. Having the proper gear, attire, footwear, physical condition, and using sound judgment are all imperative and the difference between a poor or quality hiking experience.


The folks at the Rocky Mountain Hiking Trails website have a comprehensive list of safety tips. I'll share a few here...

1) Always check the local weather forecast. Count on temperatures being cooler and expect there to be more wind at the higher elevations.

2) Give a family member or a friend your hiking itinerary and your estimated time of return. Make sure you check in with this person upon your return. 

3) It's best not to hike alone. 

4) Don’t hike too quickly. Pace yourself so you'll have enough energy for the home stretch.

5) Start your hike early so that you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it. This will allow you time to head back early enough so that you can finish your hike well before dark.

6) Take a trail map. Use it to keep track of your progress so that you know where you're at all times.

These are just a few things to consider. Find the complete list by clicking HERE.

Credit: KKTV11News

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