Get the most recent data. Before boarding, review the weather forecast, forest fire condition, air quality, and any closures in and around your destination. The National Interagency Fire Center (nifc.gov) has up-to-date maps and information on wildfires. Find weather alerts and air quality information on the National Weather Service website (weather.gov). For more localized information, check out helpful websites run by state tourism boards, specific public land agencies, and often local equipment stores. For example, the “Local Resources” section of Teton Mountaineering for Jackson Hole, Wyoming refers to the Mountain Weather Forecast, Teton County Search and Rescue, and Grand Teton National Park (tetonmtn.com). Calling public land visitor centers or local tourist offices can also provide valuable information; national park officials, for example, closely monitor the weather and fine-tune their visitor awareness accordingly. Knowing what you’re likely to encounter will help you decide what to pack (extra water bottles, sunscreen, and sun hats, for example) and how ambitious you will be in your hiking, biking, or climbing plans. .