50KalIf there is the possibility of continuous falling it’s probably not the worst idea to wear a helmet but I’d say roping up if you have more than one partner is a safer thing to do if your in route that has a no fall zone.
If your with a friend and both wear a helmet and one of you fall in a no fall zone, Great you/ partner survived the fall but you fell 2000 ft and you break your legs. What’s the plan?
I’d say the question to ask your self is are you on a simple hike or are you mountaineering? If your on any thing that could result in multiple broken bones I’d say your mountaineering.
There’s a lot of people in Colorado who go climb some of the 13s and 14s that shouldn’t be there because they just arrived/ have no skills in the mountains.
Research before you go and have a plan for situation A,B,C is something you need think about if your starting to climb bigger and more dangerous mountains.
When I started hiking bigger mountains I bought the hikers/mountaineering/climbing bible Freedom of the hills. It’s a must read for anyone spending significant time on anything considered a mountain.
Honestly anyone living in the mountains should have to read it.
**This post was edited on Apr 12th 2019 at 1:56:24pm
Yeah man I feel you. I wouldn't say it's mountaineering but more of an aggressive hike/climb. Maybe it is mountaineering idk. I'm all about preparing and usually overpack with enough supplies and knowledge to spend more than a few days if I were to get lost. For example, I'm probably the 0.001% that carries bear spray in CO lol judge me.
I'm more of the paranoid, better be ready for anything type of person. Thought about bringing a helmet last year but opted against it, however there were a few moments where I realized it would have been a good idea. We only saw 3 other people who summited that day so traffic wasn't bad. It blows my mind when I hear people didn't bring enough water or other basic supplies and end up dying on hikes. Most people we saw had maybe, if any, a single tiny daypack per group. I agree too many people fly or drive in and hike these trails in jeans with literally 1qt of water and a sandwich.
Sounds like the helmet question is a yes from most.