Hiking Safety Tips

Hiking safety tips. Safety tips while hiking include a check-up with your physician and the use of GPS, whistles, and flares because your cell phone might not work in an emergency. It's particularly important...

It's particularly important if you're hiking alone (which is not recommended) to have a kind of buddy system. You should always tell someone where you're going and how long you plan to stay. If you leave your car at the end of the trail, leave some information in the car, in case something happens to you. Also don't assume your cell phone is going to work on a hiking trail. That is a major mistake that people make. They assume there will be cell service everywhere. GPS (Global Positioning Systems) are becoming more and more common with experienced hikers. They might help if you get lost. If you're going into a remote area, you might want to consider bringing a whistle, flares and other typical emergency devices.

Anytime you're planning on an extreme situation or a challenging hike, make sure you're ready for it physically and mentally. It's an endurance test, so I would urge people to not test their endurance on a hike somewhere far from home or far from emergency services. Always check with your physician before hiking if you have respiratory problems like asthma, and practice on a Stairmaster before going on a hike that has a lot of steps. For example, the Inca trails of Peru are extremely difficult. It's a 28 mile hike at an average altitude of 11000-12000 feet. You'll be up over 14000 feet twice during the hike.

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