Hike Safety Trail Hiking Australia

Hike Safety Tips

All hikers should be armed with sufficient health, self-care 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 articles 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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How to Use a Compass

How to use a compass for hiking in Australia Using a compass is a life saving skill. Your own life
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Smartphone Trail Navigation

Smartphone Trail Navigation - A fad or useful tool? You want topographical maps and offline GPS navigation when you’re hiking
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PC Route Planning

PC Route Planning

Planning your hiking route on your computer Planning your own hiking route can be a rewarding experience. It helps you
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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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Navigate Using the Sun

Navigate using the sun when hiking in Australia The earth’s relationship to the sun can help you to determine direction
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How to Use a GPS

How to use a GPS when hiking in Australia Have you purchased your first GPS unit and now find yourself
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How to Read a Map Trail Hiking Australia

How to Read a Map

How to read a topographic hiking map I often meet other hikers on the trail who seem confused about their
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Water is One of the Top 5 Priorities in a Survival Situation

Water is One of the Top 5 Priorities in a Survival Situation

Water, warmth, signals, shelter and food are the top 5 priorities in a survival situation, according to survival expert Bob ...
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How to spot and treat heat exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion and Hiking Heat exhaustion can occur when you have inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids caused by physical ...
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How to Spot and Treat Mild Dehydration

Keeping hydrated during any hike is crucial as exertion makes you susceptible to dehydration, which is potentially dangerous ...
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Plan your hike like your life depends on it – because it does

Plan your hike like your life depends on it – because it does

It’s an alarming fact, in Australia there's at least one bush rescue every day. Plan your hike so you and ...
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Plan to Survive Your Hike Trail Hiking Australia

Plan to Survive Your Hike

We don't all have to be experts to be safe in the bush. Here's how to Plan to Survive Your ...
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How to Find Water on a Hike

How to Find Water on a Hike

Regardless of where you are in the wilderness, water is your most valuable commodity. If you have a good supply ...
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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 Trail Hiking Australia

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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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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