Always inform someone on your plans. Make sure they know the area you will be in and when to expect your return. Then make sure you stick to your plan.
Bring plenty of water. Make sure to take enough to stay properly hydrated and have extra in case a missed trail or wrong turn extends your trip.
Take a cell phone.
Have adequate clothing. Clothing should be lightweight, light in color, appropriate pants and long sleeve shirt. Have a hat available to protect your head and neck from the sun. Have a good set of boots with non-slip soles if possible. Tennis shoes are not adequate for hiking mountain trails.
Know your limitations. If you start feeling fatigued or ill, it's alright for you to turn around and head back. Don't ignore what your body is telling you.
Bring compass/GPS/maps. The old-fashioned compass is rapidly going way to the GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation. But compasses are still often cheaper and it's always a good idea for hikers to get familiar with one and how to use it. If you are going to use a GPS make sure you get way points and bring spare batteries. Make sure you bring an efficient map.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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