There’s still so much of summer left. Have you ventured out to a hiking trail in the beautiful Pacific Northwest? Whether you’re a novice or seasoned hiker there are many simple steps to keep yourself safe and enjoy your hike.
1. With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
2. To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
5. For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
6. To share the hike code with other.
REI, the leader in outdoor equipment, also has a great list of 10 day hiking essentials to make your day fun and safe.
Feature photo by Loren Kerns