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Hiking Tips - Hiking Safety

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm 1 Comment
No sleeping with fire. If you make a fire, be sure to extinguish it before going to bed.
Prepare for altitude. If you're hiking at altitudes above 6,000 feet, go slow and steady. Sleep no more than 1,500 feet from your previous night's camp.
Start with short hikes. If you're new to hiking, start with short 3 – 5 mile hikes and work your way up.
Stay on the trail. Usually, trails are marked for a reason. It's probably best to stay on it.
Stay put if lost. If you get lost, stay in one place to save energy and make it easier to find you. Don't panic.
Tell a friend. Let someone know where you're going and when you'll expect to be back.
Wear sunscreen. It's always a good idea to protect yourself from the sun, especially when you're outside all day long.
You can't overplan. Plan ahead when you hike. Consider food, water, safety gear and your level of fitness.
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Very good points. It's important to pack what you'll need, in terms of food and water.

Just make sure that you're not packing too heavily that it will sap your energy. Bringing heavier cameras, for instance, is not advisable for longer, more strenuous hikes. I know a lot of hikers who like to bring photos of their trek home with them, and in those cases "point and click" cameras are the best.

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