Hiking Safety

A few things you can do to hike safely

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 hiking 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 hiking safety articles outline steps you can take to ensure you and your hiking party return safely from every hike.

Carry personal identification

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When planning a hike, most most of us think about the things we need to take such as backpack, boots, clothing, feed and water. But a lot don’t think about protecting themselves in case of...

Facts about snake bites


Snakes are not naturally aggressive and always prefer to retreat. They will only attack humans if hurt or provoked – most bites occur when people try to kill or capture snakes. If you come across...

First aid kit

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Even if you are going for a short hike, there is always a small possibility you could break a limb, cut yourself or get bitten by insects or snakes, so you need to be prepared...

Foot care & blister prevention


Blistered feet, pain and suffering through each step is not the way you want to remember your adventure. Foot care & blister prevention is far better than cure take steps to avoid blisters and enjoy...

Foot care & blister treatment


What’s your approach to blister treatment? Do you prefer to cover your blisters or let the air get to them? What kind of antiseptic do you use, if any? What’s your go-to treatment to take...

Getting lost


Plan your hike like your life depends on it – because it does. Correct planning, and the right navigation aids, will help you avoid getting lost. What do you do if you can’t find your...

Hike survival kit

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I personally carry and highly recommend that you always have a personal survival kit, even on day hikes. Your survival kit should contain all the necessary items for survival in the widerness.

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 to follow. There are different levels of fitness, capabilities, experience, skills, personalities and pace of...

Leave a map


Are you planning a hike, going somewhere remote or where the weather can be extreme and terrain challenging? It’s important to tell other people about your trip and leave a map, so they can contact...

Let someone know before you go

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Here’s some information and safety tips to help you plan your hike. Let someone know before you go and always leave a trip intention form with someone who can raise the alarm if you do...

Make an early start

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Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening). Summer afternoons are typically hotter in Australia and the heat will amplify your fatigue and increase your changes...

Overhydration and Hyponatremia

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Fatal hyponatremia in hikers is rare, but it has claimed the lives of some. Overhydration should be something that all hikers are aware of and take seriously but it’s important to keep the risk of...

Plan to survive your hike

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There are many specialist skills that set outdoor professionals apart from the rest of us. We don’t all have to be experts to be safe in the bush. Make sure you prepare before stepping foot...

Satellite Communicators Compared

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There are dozens of options for portable satellite communicators so which one is right for you? Iv’e checked out some of the most popular ones for hiking, bushwalking and trail running; the Garmin inReach, SPOT...


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Stretching before, during and after a hike is often something that people overlook. Whatever your beliefs, don’t start or end a hike without paying attention to your muscles.

Swollen hands


Swelling can be caused by several factors, but the most common causes are gravity and the way the body distributes heat during exercise. The problem is not serious and will go away soon after you...

Taste testing food


The Aussie bush contains a bounty of wild edible plants that runs into the thousands, ranging from starchy seeds and tangy fruits to mushrooms, tubers, leaves and seaweed. However, knowing how to identify edible plants...

The Ten Essentials

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The Ten Essentials are survival items that hiking and Scouting organisations recommend for safe travel in the bush. However, personal preferences and differences in conditions may dictate otherwise and with experience most adventurers add and subtract from the list depending on the...

Think before you TREK

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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is encouraging all park visitors planning a remote adventure or multi-day walk this year to Think Before You TREK.

Trekking at high altitude


Trekking at high altitude can be intimidating. If you have been considering one of these adventures for a while, you have probably heard all the horror stories already. Here’s some of the most common mistakes...

Walk Safe

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The underlying philosophy is that to WALK SAFE means to be armed with sufficient knowledge to avoid encountering unnecessary problems in the bush. It means to plan in advance a suitable route, clothing, equipment and...

Water and hydration


I recommend not starting a hike that takes you more than a kilometre from the trail head without a bottle of water along. It’s recommended you have at least one litre with you and try...

Water purification methods


There are a handful of water purification methods available, and after reading this article, you’ll understand the pros and cons of each method. But remember, you stake your life on your water sources, so never...

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