The week of September 17th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the low 70’s. Monday was warmer with highs in the low 80’s, high humidity and bright and sunny skies. Look for mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday with highs in the low 70’s. On Wednesday if will be partly sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid 70’s. Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday with highs a degree or two warmer. The same weather will continue into Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day of the week with unseasonable highs reaching intro the low 80’s. There will be plenty of sun. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even as fall approaches. Protect t yourself at all times. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!