Hike Safety Trail Hiking Australia

All hikers should be armed with sufficient health and hike safety knowledge to avoid encountering unnecessary problems in the bush. Before venturing off the beaten track, it is important to ensure you are well prepared with a hike safety plan and are carrying the correct safety equipment for all possible emergency situations.

We all need to consider hike safety and plan in advance a suitable route, clothing, equipment and food for our hiking party. Planning also ensures that we are aware of the skills of the group, potential difficulties or hazards and the accepted courses of action if and when problems arise.

The following pages aim to outline key safety steps you can take to ensure you and your hiking party return safely from every hike. Please feel free to comment and offer your own suggestions so that we can all be safer out there.

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Navigating at Night

Finding your way by using the Southern Cross Navigating at Night need not be as daunting as it sounds. Provided
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How to Use a Compass

This information on How to Use a Compass is aimed at people who have not previously used compasses for hiking.
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How to Use a GPS

So you have purchased your first GPS unit and now find yourself staring at the screen wondering how to use a GPS.
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How to Read a Map

I often meet other hikers on the trail who seem confused about their location or direction of travel. Most are
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Smartphone Trail Navigation

You want topographical maps and offline GPS navigation when you’re hiking into the wilderness? Then Google Maps probably isn’t going to
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PC Route Planning

Planning your own hiking route can be a rewarding experience, helping you discover new places or set yourself challenges. PC
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Navigate Using the Sun

The earth’s relationship to the sun can help you to determine direction (celestial navigation) and Navigate Using the Sun. The
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Foot Care & Blister Treatment

Foot Blister Treatment On The Trail What’s your approach to blister treatment? Do you prefer to cover your blisters or ...
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Foot Care & Blister Prevention

Blisters can be painful and debilitating Blistered feet, pain and suffering through each step is not the way you want ...
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The Ten Essentials

The Ten Essentials are survival items that hiking and Scouting organisations recommend for safe travel in the bush. The Ten Essentials first appeared in print in the ...
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Trekking at High Altitude

You have probably heard horror stories of Trekking at High Altitude. To relieve some of this stress, this article is ...
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Are you prepared for your next hiking adventure?

Before adventuring off the beaten track, it is important to ensure you are well prepared and carrying the correct safety ...
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How to Find Water

Regardless of where you are in the wilderness, water is your most valuable commodity. If you have a good supply ...
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How to spot and treat mild dehydration

Keeping yourself hydrated during any adventure is extremely important. If you are backpacking in the desert or snow showing in ...
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Leaving the trail – Leave a sign

Leaving the trail to look at something or for a toilet stop? Leaving the trail - Leave a sign. Leave a ...
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Carry identification

Carry Identification always. Take a photo ID, insurance card, and credit card on the trail. Before a long hike, taking digital ...
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Cotton kills

Clothing keeps you warm by trapping warm air near your skin. That's how cotton kills. When cotton gets wet, it ...
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Hike in a group

Hike in a group where possible. It is a good idea to always have at least one other person with ...
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Hike at a Safe Pace

Hike at a safe pace - especially uphill - where you’re not pushing your heart or respiratory rates into the red zone, and take ...
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Make an early start

Make an early start. Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening), ...
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Plan your hike for the slowest person

Plan your hike for the slowest person. One that is suitable for everyone in your party and let the slower person ...
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Let someone know before you go

Let someone know before you go. Leave your hike plan someone you trust indication the trail head, intended direction of ...
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Leave a map

As part of your hike planning you will have prepared a trail map, details of your group and emergency contacts ...
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