Life happens, and its REAL important to be prepared no matter what.
Being prepared REALLY makes all the difference.
I've shot photos of Colorado wildfires, various snow storms, the aftermath of a Seattle earthquake, as well as the aftermath of a Colorado flood.
Life can throw ya some serious curve balls, so its always best to be prepared.
Having the right gear is important.
* Having the right gear to protect you from the elements (Rain Jacket / Pants, Beanie hat, Gloves, Sunglasses, extra pair of socks, head lamp, fire source, first aid kit, tarp for an emergency shelter, water filter system, )
* Having a map(s) and a compass to navigate with you, so you don't get lost
*(As well as knowing how to use your gadgets)
* Leaving a detailed trip plan with a family member or a friend
Being prepared is what makes you a smart survivor, over being in a real bad situation.
When I go out and I shoot various adventure photography photo shoots or even hiking with my friends, I ALWAYS leave a detailed trip plan with ALL of my information of where I am going, what I am doing, whom I'm with, how long I will be out for and when I will be back.
Photography is my passion and I enjoy it, but like anything else in life, you gotta be safe when you are about and about.
Its ALWAYS important to be prepared, Colorado is a great state for being outside, but you gotta respect nature at the same time.
So take it from someone who loves the outdoors, always have the proper gear with you, and know how to use it all, RESPECT mom nature and learn about things that will help you be prepared and if a situation should happen, and you will come out of the situation better than those whom were not prepared.
Always bring your camera's rain sleeve with you when are shootin' outdoors.
Here in Colorado our weather can change throughout the day.
Your camera's rain sleeve will protect it from the elements and allow you keep shooting if the weather should on you.
Also, keep a giant zip lock bag (2 gallon size) in your camera bag or jacket pocket, if you should get caught in a down pour you and put your camera into the bag to prevent it from getting wet.
When I lived in Seattle, I kept a plastic trash bag in my camera bag. It just so happened I was shooting some photos at the Fort Warden State Park in Washington and it all of sudden poured. I shoved my camera bag into the trash bag and it stayed nice and dry. I had on my gortex jacket and pants so I too was nice and dry.
It was nice long walk to my vehicle, but being prepared made all the difference for me and my gear.
One Life, Live it.