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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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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Building cairns

You may see rock cairns (piles of rocks) along the trail. Don’t destroy them, but don’t add to them either ...
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How to Prevent Common Hiking Injuries

Whether you are training for an extended trek or hiking on the weekends, we’ve all felt the effects of sore ...
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Predicting Weather by the Clouds

Of all weather phenomena, clouds are among the most fascinating. From the silky filaments to high altitude cirrus to the ...
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10 Tips for Hot Weather Hiking

Get yourself ready for some hot weather hiking. For most destinations, summer is possibly the best time to get outdoors ...
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14 Outdoor Hacks For Rainy Weather

Rainy weather doesn't have to ruin your outdoor adventure. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can keep the good ...
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Cold Weather Hiking Tips

When the cold weather rolls in, your hiking adventures don’t need to stop. There are a range of things you ...
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Keeping Pesky Blood Suckers at Bay

Insect repellents helps in keeping pesky blood suckers at bay. They prevent and control the outbreak of insect-borne diseases such ...
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Facts about Snake Bites

Note: These facts about snake bites are relevant for Australian snakes species and are intended as guidelines only. There is a ...
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Keeping Your Hiking Group Together

Leading a hike is not always as simple as strapping on your pack and expecting the rest of the group ...
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Hiking Solo

Is Hiking Solo for You? Human's are social animals and most of us want nothing more than to be surrounded ...
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Treating Five Common Bushwalking Injuries

Great Walks looks at how to prevent and treat some of the common injuries and problems that may occur when ...
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Ten Tips for Wilderness First Aiders

1. Stay calm Many moons ago, during a military first aid course, I was once told to stop and have ...
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