basic hiking skills

The Unspoken Hiker’s Guideline to Trail Etiquette

When you are hiking in the woods or high in the mountains, there is nothing that guarantees your safety. From rugged terrain, through an unpredictable climate, to wild animals, extreme walks are as dangerous as

When you are hiking in the woods or high in the mountains, there is nothing that guarantees your safety. From rugged terrain, through an unpredictable climate, to wild animals, extreme walks are as dangerous as they are satisfactory. Do you remember the 127-hour movie in which James Franco had to cut his arm? That was just a glimpse of what can go wrong when you are outdoors and probably ignored one or two of these important safety guidelines.

Extreme walks are fun, but they can be very dangerous. Hikers who are not prepared for the challenge of crossing rough and rocky terrain or navigating through a forest may find themselves lost or suffer serious accidents. Although hiking is a hobby that many enjoy, there are some brave souls that would take it to the next level by going to great heights and / or to distant places, literally. Finally, if you are going to do extreme hiking, let me shed some light on some basic hiking skills & safety guidelines.

1. Extreme hiking is NOT an act of disappearance

A fairly common mistake among hikers, even experienced ones, is that I like to call the act of disappearance. When they went out for a lonely hike to the mountains or mountains, they disappeared, without telling anyone where they would be before the hike. Again, if you are familiar with the movie 127 Hours, you may remember Aron Ralston, who was trapped for 127 hours on one of his walks, losing his forearm in the duration of time. Don’t be a Houdini and remember to tell your friends and family where you would be when you go on an excursion.

2. Mention someone when you return

While doing hike, tell your friends or family the time you expect to return from your trip. Do it as self-conscious and not as unplanned as it sounds. If the worst case comes to an end, you might be grateful to know that someone will begin to worry and look for you once this particular moment that you have set has passed.

3. Postpone when necessary

Do you see the local weather forecast before your walks? If a storm is coming, or weather conditions are simply not pleasant for your trip, postpone your walk. Many hikers have been injured or have lost their lives simply because of the arrogance. It is not right, start or continued the walks, even with bad weather conditions.

4. Bears the essential tools

Despite food and water, as a rule, I bring with me four essential things every time I go on an extreme excursion: a lighter, a map, a compass and a pocket knife. These four things may seem common and sensible things to take on your walks, but some hikers have already been lost simply because they no longer knew where they were going.

5. Know how to use what you have brought

Of course, if you are bringing the essential things I just mentioned, you should also know how to use them. The map, especially. A hiker should know how to track his progress with a map for him? Learn to use the maps and make sure you’re not walking without things that you don’t know how to use.

6. Light Backpack

Packing lightly will save you the trouble of carrying too much load, obviously. But it will also allow you to travel with an overload. This is especially important on extreme walks, as hikers who are slow to move and finally reach the night that increase the danger of the sport.

7. Start early, as very early

Around 4 in the early morning. Yes, hiking is intended to be a daytime activity, but we want to reach the top before lunch time. Starting the hike early means that you have enough time to go up and down the mountain range, before the sun sets again. Otherwise you have to walk with a cold and dark night.

8. Become familiar with the place where you are walking

Professional hikers may seem very natural when they are in the wild, but they have done their research beforehand. Familiarize yourself with the place of the excursion by asking the locals for things to avoid or researching even on the Internet or in the library about the geography of the place. Those who prepare are more likely to have an extreme and smooth walking experience than those who decide to simply fly.

9. Learn to read the signs of the trails

Normally there would be signs of trails in well-established hiking spots. If you see some on the road you are walking, learn to read them. The hiking trails you’re probably taking, even as an extreme hiker, will probably be full of places you need to be notified. Hikers who are not attentive to the signs of the trails can enter private property or even fall into hidden ditches.

10. Become familiar with predators

We are talking about wild nature, so you can meet some predators along the way. Before your trip, familiarize yourself with the predators that you may be seeing along the way and bring what can be used to deter them from harming you. Bears, for example, can be great at first, but sometimes they see you as food. In that case, bring a bear repellent spray to prevent it from becoming your day’s lunch.

11. Carry plentiful amounts of water

This is very critical. Water is important for us human beings, not only in nature, but in everyday life. Dehydration is something you don’t want to come up with, especially when you are doing extreme walks. To do this, bring large amounts of water to stay hydrated and always ready to go.

12. Disinfect water from nature

In case you run out of water, purify or disinfect water that comes from any source in nature. You will need to make a heat source to boil the water to eliminate any possible pathogen that may be lurking in the water or could bring water purification tablets (WPT) in advance that can easily purify the water for you.

13. Know the different types of edible plants

If you are planning to participate in any plant that is possibly edible, first know what they are. Not all plants are edible in the sense that they can be poisonous or harmful to the progress of your trip. Hikers have made this mistake over and over again, for example, hikers who may think that a particular mushroom is a Caesar mushroom, when in fact it is the poisonous hat of death.

Do you have any personal experience with the dangers of hiking? Maybe we missed something? Nature is a dangerous place and extreme walks are full of things to discover and avoid. When you are in nature, survival and safety should be your number one concern.

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