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Hiking Safety Tips

Hiking, like all outdoor sports, requires a certain level of knowledge and research to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Before you get out and enjoy nature, consider these following tips:

  • Wear sturdy shoes that are appropriate to the terrain you’ll be traveling across.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and in layers.
  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Do not drink untreated water from streams or creeks you come across. Boil water or use purfication tablets before using water from streams or the river for drinking or cooking.
  • Bring a map and a compass to help you navigate the trails, particularly on the long distance trails.
  • Check the weather forecast, and avoid hiking in extreme heat or cold
  • Do not eat plants or berries you find along the trails
  • Tell a friend or family member where you plan to go and when you expect to be back.
  • If you get lost, stay put and call for help. Please be advised that cell phones may not work in some locations.
  • Carry a whistle and use it if you are in distress.

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