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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Hiking is an exhilarating pastime. Being out in fresh air of the natural world, observing countless species of wildlife in the woodlands, and taking in the exquisite scenery of the plant life’s environment is sensational.
All this is truly magnificent, But First Things First, you must  stay safe while you’re out there.

Gearing up for a hike is extremely important. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner, safety measures should not be taken lightly. For even the most skilled trekker, an accident can – unfortunately - happen.
So here are a few items that you should consider.
Water is of the utmost importance for avoiding dehydration, and it has the extra benefit of giving you some extra energy. 

Having a whistle on hand is extremely valuable. If you happen to get lost, and are in need of rescue, a whistle is ideal. It can be heard from great distances and could make the difference between being rescued or not. Moreover, if an unexpected storm arises, with a whistle you have a greater chance of being heard, rather than with your own voice.  A compass and a pocket knife can be crucial as well.
Another safety tip is to wear bright, reflective colors. Light color leggings are a good choice. Not only will this improve your ability to be seen, but it also helps you notice ticks and other insects.
A first aid kit should also be on your list of safety supplies. It may not only for your sake, but for the sake of other hikers as well.    

Being out in the trails sometimes involves greater physical demands than one may have expected. So having an emergency radio on hand is a good plan of action.
 A good planned hike also includes letting others know where you intend to hike, and staying on marked trails. 

All in all, on any kind of hike, safety is of the highest priority. Having safety equipment on hand, like whistles, emergency radios, compasses, maps, and reflective clothing is the way to go. Be safe, and enjoy the natural world.

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