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.
Leaving the trail to look at something or for a toilet stop? Leaving the trail - Leave a sign. Leave a ...Read More
Carry Identification always. Take a photo ID, insurance card, and credit card on the trail. Before a long hike, taking digital ...Read More
Clothing keeps you warm by trapping warm air near your skin. That's how cotton kills. When cotton gets wet, it ...Read More
Hike in a group where possible. It is a good idea to always have at least one other person with ...Read More
Hike at a safe pace - especially uphill - where you’re not pushing your heart or respiratory rates into the red zone, and take ...Read More
Make an early start. Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening), ...Read More
Plan your hike for the slowest person. One that is suitable for everyone in your party and let the slower person ...Read More
Let someone know before you go. Leave your hike plan someone you trust indication the trail head, intended direction of ...Read More
As part of your hike planning you will have prepared a trail map, details of your group and emergency contacts ...Read More
You may see rock cairns (piles of rocks) along the trail. Don’t destroy them, but don’t add to them either ...Read More
Whether you are training for an extended trek or hiking on the weekends, we’ve all felt the effects of sore ...Read More
Of all weather phenomena, clouds are among the most fascinating. From the silky filaments to high altitude cirrus to the ...Read More
Get yourself ready for some hot weather hiking. For most destinations, summer is possibly the best time to get outdoors ...Read More
Rainy weather doesn't have to ruin your outdoor adventure. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can keep the good ...Read More
When the cold weather rolls in, your hiking adventures don’t need to stop. There are a range of things you ...Read More
Insect repellents helps in keeping pesky blood suckers at bay. They prevent and control the outbreak of insect-borne diseases such ...Read More