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Safe Hiking Tips for all :

Start slow. A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills or uneven terrain.

Bring a buddy. It’s best not to hike alone at first, especially on unfamiliar or remote trails. A partner or group can help you navigate and assist if you get hurt. As your skill level improves, you’ll feel more comfortable going solo.

Know before you go. Familiarize yourself with the trail map. Check the weather and dress and pack accordingly. If storms are a possibility, rethink your plan.

Use common sense. Follow marked paths and trails. Avoid contact with questionable plants and animals.

Get into a groove. On the days you can’t make it to the trails, power-walk on a hilly terrain while carrying various degrees of weight in a backpack -- it will keep your hiking skills and fitness level on track.
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Know before you go. Familiarize yourself with the trail map. Check the weather and dress and pack accordingly. If storms are a possibility, rethink your plan.

Use common sense. Follow marked paths and trails. Avoid contact with questionable plants and animals.

Get into a groove. On the days you can’t make it to the trails, power-walk on a hilly terrain while carrying various degrees of weight in a backpack -- it will keep your hiking skills and fitness level on track.

If the weather is going to be miserable, I definitely want to go. It's more quiet.

I hate it when plants and animals question me...

Besides keeping up with my kids, hiking is my fitness...


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Put a note in your vehicle where you'll be headed

Let someone know where you're going..  dont be an Aaron Ralston!


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Let someone know where you're going..  dont be an Aaron Ralston!


Good advice.

I go a step a further and suggest that people use the "Zero Essential" - leaving your plans and expected return time with a trusted person who will notify the proper authorities when you don't return as expected.

Knowing where you went is very helpful to SAR teams, but does no good until the know they need to look for you.

We read too often about the search that didn't start until Tuesday "after co-workers became concerned that the lost hikers had not shown up for work two days in a row with out calling in sick" for hikers who were due back Saturday or Sunday.
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"Cool! This guy won't be back for 3 more days! That gives me lots of time to clean out his vehicle!".


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Safe Hiking Tips for all :

Start slow. A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills or uneven terrain.

Bring a buddy. It’s best not to hike alone at first, especially on unfamiliar or remote trails. A partner or group can help you navigate and assist if you get hurt. As your skill level improves, you’ll feel more comfortable going solo.

Know before you go. Familiarize yourself with the trail map. Check the weather and dress and pack accordingly. If storms are a possibility, rethink your plan.

Use common sense. Follow marked paths and trails. Avoid contact with questionable plants and animals.

Get into a groove. On the days you can’t make it to the trails, power-walk on a hilly terrain while carrying various degrees of weight in a backpack -- it will keep your hiking skills and fitness level on track.

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Start slow. A short, local hike is best for beginners. Gradually work up to trails with hills or uneven terrain.


This is a good tip, something I did for the most part without thinking about.  Now that I am getting older I am trying to workout more to be able to hike and ski longer.

People are "rescued" every year from Mt Rainier because of broken ankles, most likely they were not in shape for uneven terrain.

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It is odd that when people get lost they leave the trail, which in most cases is slower too.  I would say to "Stay Found" rather than common sense, the former is the title of a navigation book.  Meaning it is easier to keep track of where you are, than to try to figure it out once you are lost.  If you follow a path keep track of junctions esp. if not marked. etc.

Follow where u are on a map, with a compass if needed.


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than to try to figure it out once you are lost

Are you really lost if you don't care where you are?
And are you lost if you don't know exactly where you are but know an exit route to somewhere known?


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You forgot Bacardi 151 is both a beverage and a fire-starter!

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You forgot Bacardi 151 is both a beverage and a fire-starter!

But Everclear will work in my stove.


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Don't let a bear eat your canoe.

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than to try to figure it out once you are lost

Are you really lost if you don't care where you are?
And are you lost if you don't know exactly where you are but know an exit route to somewhere known?

No if you can find your way back you are not lost, except perhaps if it is critical for you not to have to turn back.

If you follow a trail or river, and IF u can follow it back for instance you are not lost until you can't.  (For instance once I did not see a trail come into the one I was one, until I returned and it was hard to tell which to take back)

I would hesitate to say it is ok not to care where you are, that to me implies one can pull out a map later and figure things out, which might work if you can figure out landmarks by finding them on a map ,  say in open areas with a view of road or lodge where you came from, or peaks you can recognize and triangulate from.  That is easier to do if you have been following things on your map as you go.  You get a feel for the scale of your map, etc.

 Knowing a way back isn't that great if it isn't passable. A gal who left a lake she was going around to avoid an obstacle, became lost, the more she tried to go back the more lost she became.  she did Know that down (a very long way) would get her back to the Columbia Gorge, but unfortunately that way wasn't passable, esp. with a broken leg.


Now if you are in a maize you might be lost, but if it is small enough you know you can just keep wandering until you find your way out or back, sort of in between.

The funniest story I have ever heard, was a couple who got lost on the green river despite all their maps etc.  When it merged with the Colorado they still did not figure it out, and went beyond their takeout and the Class V rapids!
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I have never been lost in any maize.  They do make maize mazes around here at Halloween, but I stay out.

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I have never been lost in any maize.  They do make maize mazes around here at Halloween, but I stay out.

This sort of humor I find just that bit too corny.

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Easier said than done:

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That said .. I'm surprised the usually stringent crowd here hasn't called "spam" on the OP.


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"I'm surprised the usually stringent crowd here hasn't called "spam" on the OP. "

first post,good tips and two links to boot ?
What's wrong with that ?
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Well, for one thing, the usual posters here tend not to be spoke to/written to about things they already are more than familiar with. New poster shows up with 2 links to their business website in the sig (not allowed), makes a post like this, doesn't respond again, etc, etc .. that's usually more than enough to raise the hackles of folks here. look at the post from the person about jackets that fit like Arcteryx last week .. and that post was WAY less spammy (i.e., not at all) than this one .. imo.

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Ha. I've got the sig lines blocked so all I saw was the post and shrugged.
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And when you do anyway remember presoaking definitely helps in getting copious quantities of blood out of socks.
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Well, for one thing...
Walkingman, maybe if you re read what I posted taking into account bold and italics ,you will get it.
i don't use smileys...
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Got me, ha ha

but u need to try some corn whiskey . . .
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Now let's return the favour and give Karen1420 the boot.
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My cackles did get raised....but the subject matter was legit so I let it go. Don't think my trigger finger isn't itchy though.

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I would hesitate to say it is ok not to care where you are, that to me implies one can pull out a map later and figure things out, which might work if you can figure out landmarks by finding them on a map

A friend and I once took off for 3 weeks offtrail in the Bitterroot. We just wandered around with "Hey, that looks interesting!" for about 2 weeks, not caring where we actually were. We then stopped on a ridge and separately worked out on topos where we were. We decided that since we only came up with about 25' difference, that's where we were. Hiked out to the nearest highway (Hwy 12 on the Lochsa) and hitched a ride.


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After a couple of very uncomfortable and somewhat sobering experiences, I never hike, even a day hike, without taking enough gear to survive the worst conditions night might bring.  I might not be comfortable in during an UNO, but I'll survive.

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It's not spam if she isn't selling/promoting anything.

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