Hiking Safety Tips
Whether it’s short or long, hiking safety should be at most concern for all of us. Most of our hike are under 2 hours, on well established trail, and within a city. So, your chance of getting into hiking accident is low. Stil, it is a good idea to know basic safety tips.
The most important saftey tip is avoidance and prevention.
Rule 1: Be prepared.
Many accidents occur because of the lack of preparation. Be prepared: hiking boots, long sleeve shirts, warm clothes, rain gear, hats, maps, bug dope, bear spray, etc.
Rule 2: Tell someone your hiking plans.
Make sure to tell someone where you are going, how long you are going, when you are coming back. If you are stranded in the middle of nowhere and noway to contact, they will know that you are not coming back and contact rescues.
Rule 3: Don’t go alone. Go with a group.
When you go with a group, you will dramatically reduce chances of making wrong decisions and encountering a bear attack.
Rule 4: Don’t push too hard.
Nothing wrong when you don’t make to your intended destinations. They will be there waiting for you, next time you try. But, if you push too hard and loose your life, you have no second chance.