Hiking alone offers wonderful opportunities for getting in touch with nature. At the same time, it’s often wise to take some precautions.
2) Test cell phone service, in may remote areas, there’s no cell service. There may be at the parking lot, but not on the trails. So bring a whistle, just in case you might need help.
3) Definitely carry water, especially when hiking in the heat and in mountains, you don’t want to get dehydrated. When we breathe, we release moisture in our breath. Given that we breath more in higher altitudes, breathing alone can deplete moisture in our bodies, regardless of whether we are perspiring.
4) Stay on marked trails. It’s easy to get lost in wooded areas (I’ve done it, trust me, it’s amazing how trees and paths begin to look alike!)
5) Bring a jacket when hiking in the mountains as it gets really chilly in the shade.
6) Bring a small flash light. Sometimes darkness comes quickly and it’s a good emergency signal.
By Bojinka Bishop
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