I suggest a polite note to the parks and rec people who are making the final call. Maybe it will help them make the right choice.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
Mailing: P.O. Box 1575, Mail Code 1200
Physical: 1401 Recreation Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80905-1975
Phone: (719) 385-5940
Fax: (719) 385-6599
I also suggest a nice loud emergency whistle. Good to have any time you're on a mountain, and it will be easier to make yourself heard down the trail from further back if you need to clear a lane.
I'll be toting this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UA66KO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1