HOW TO WEAR A COWBOY HAT
Yes, there is a right way. While crown height, color, and style are a matter of preference, fit and positioning are not. The experts at Rockmount Ranch Wear, Denver’s 68-year-old bastion of Western duds, offer rules for pulling off the classic cowboy hat.
» Your hat should almost graze the top of your ears when it’s parallel to the ground. Another way to think about it: The hat should sit about one or two finger-widths above your brows.
» Cowboy hats are not jeans: They don’t stretch through normal wear. So don’t buy a hat that’s tight. If it leaves a mark on your skin after just a few minutes, it’s too snug.
» Remember the purpose of a cowboy hat: to keep the sun, rain, and flying, uh, grit out of your eyes. Such a task is difficult to accomplish when you tilt the thing way up. Besides, it looks silly. Instead, keep the hat roughly level to the ground or tilted just slightly back.
» And always remember the most important rule: Take your hat off at the table.
HOW TO PAD A BLISTER
If you end up with a blister on the trail, tending to the problem quickly can make the difference between turning back and summiting, says Jeff Flax, a wilderness first-aid instructor with the Colorado Mountain Club. Flax carries moleskin—a padded, sticky material you can buy at outdoor-gear stores or even Walgreens—in his pack. Cut a hole in the moleskin so it creates a pad around the blister; it shouldn’t cover the blister. Avoid using any material that might rip the blister when removed, such as duct tape. Once home, Flax advises washing the blister with antibacterial soap. Don’t apply pressure. If the blister pops, treat it like a wound.
HOW TO PACK A BOWL
Colorado is one of two states where recreational weed is legal. Which means you should know how to enjoy pot correctly.
STEP 1 A marijuana bud is dense, like a thistle. Pinch off a bit and grind it between your fingers. You want pieces that are small enough to pack but not so small that they’ll get sucked through the pipe.
STEP 2 Press the ground bud into the bowl of your pipe. Fill the bowl and tamp the bud firmly with your fingers, but not too tight. (Think of how a barista packs an espresso holder.)
STEP 3 Light up and smoke away, but make sure you draw it in low and slow. It’s not an asthma inhaler.
HOW TO "DRESS UP" FOR A
COLORADO COCKTAIL PARTY
Business Attire: Puffy jacket with a plaid button-down and khakis.
Casual Wear: Puffy jacket with clean jeans and a T-shirt.
Mountain Dressy: Puffy jacket with snowboard pants and a beanie.