Hiking Safety

Hiking Safety

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 and ZOLEO.

Track Closed: Is it still OK to hike?

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While some of us may still think it is OK to drive along a closed road, open a locked gate, enter a closed park or walking track, it is not! This blasé attitude places people in danger, including those who are regularly sent to perform rescues in areas that are closed.

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.

How to build a survival shelter

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When lost in the bush, most people panic through fear they will run out of food. Did you know you can survive three weeks without food provided you have water and shelter? Knowing how to construct a survival shelter is an important skill.

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 on the trail and carry the gear you need for what you are doing.

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 ‘overhydration’ in perspective.

Trekking at high altitude

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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 first-time altitude trekkers make and what to do instead.

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 situation.

Ten tips for wilderness first aiders

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You or a hiking buddy get hurt. Sit back, relax and call 000. It wont be long before help arrives. The reality is, help could be hours or days away before a recovery team can get to you so be prepared to manage the situation.

Foot care & blister treatment

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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 the pain out of your blister so you can keep hiking?

Foot care & blister prevention

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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 your trip for what it is.

Keeping your hiking group together

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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 individuals to consider when keeping your hiking group together.

Facts about snake bites

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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 a snake in the bush, just calmly walk the other way.

Stretching

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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.

Leave a map

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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 Police if something goes wrong.

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 accident or emergency.

Swollen hands

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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 stop hiking.

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 not make it back in time.

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 of dehydration and heat exhaustion. 

Water purification methods

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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 take chances that you can avoid, and always use the absolute best purification method available to you under the circumstances.

Taste testing food

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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 is not easy so taste testing food is important.

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.

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 for the worst. Most first aid kits are compact and contain all the essential items you’ll need.

Water and hydration

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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 to consume 250ml every time you need a drink.

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 food for your walking party.

Getting lost

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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 way home safely?