Be ready for spring within the valleys and winter up excessive if heading to the mountains this weekend

It would appear to be the worst climate is behind us, however Alberta rescue officers wish to remind these heading out to the mountains that situations can change rapidly. 

As extra folks hit trails and wilderness areas this weekend, officers say it is necessary to analysis and put together for what you may encounter, particularly for these much less skilled within the outdoor. 

Kananaskis Nation public security specialist Mike Koppang says that may embody snow, ice, quick altering climate and even avalanches in alpine areas.

“Simply as the amount of individuals begins to extend, we begin to see extra folks having slips, journeys and falls and getting injured and getting caught in locations and having to educate folks down by way of sure terrain or really having to go to assist somebody who’s really gotten injured,” he mentioned. 

Koppang says that whereas the climate will probably be heat within the valleys, “it is nonetheless winter up excessive.”

He recommends folks do journey analysis, verify the climate, pack correct gear and know their backcountry limits. He provides folks additionally must be bear conscious and carry bear spray right now of yr.

Final yr, provincial officers noticed a big improve in Kananaskis Nation customer numbers and a leap in rescue-related calls.

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