Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Irricana, AB
Interest: Backpacking/hiking, reading, sewing
He Refused To Leave His Jeans At Home
I have a brother-in-law who went backpacking with me and a few others last year, and wants to come again this year on the Jasper Skyline hike. There is one area of concern, though. I wore jeans last year and seems to be insisting on jeans again this year. I don't know how many times I've talked about the importance of leaving cotton at home, of the risks of wearing jeans in a mountain environment, etc., etc. It's become a stalemate. From various trip reports I've read about the Jasper Skyline I know that there is definite potential for rain, and sometimes snow, even in August. Though I do most of the logistical planning for theses trips, we're just a group of family and friends who go, so I'm not a guide and can't really pull rank when things come to push and shove.
I'm looking for your thoughts and opinions on what to do. Do I just let him wear what he wants and learn the hard way? I'm not opposed to that in general, but I'm thinking in terms of safety. I guess if anything did go wrong we're no more than a long day hike from either trail head, which I know could be a long time for hypothermia. But I don't think we'd be unable to get him warm again in a tent and sleeping bag and warm drinks. I don't know. Am I over-reacting? Your thoughts would be appreciated.