Safety Tips for a Great Mountain Hiking Experience

hikingMountain climbing or hiking is a fun experience, both for new timers and experienced hikers. Travelers each year strap on a backpack and take to the mountains to explore the wilderness. Whether you’re a new hiker or a someone who has been doing it for years, any bump in your plans can make for a bad experience so it’s best to be prepared and ready to take on anything Mother Nature throws your way.

Whether you’re new at the activity or experienced, take some advice to make sure you have a pleasant mountainous hike:

Eat a good, balanced breakfast.
They weren’t lying when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Before heading out on your hiking excursion, it’s best to eat a healthy, balanced meal. Any breakfast that includes oatmeal or Cream of Wheat will provide the necessary carbs to give you energy for the trails.

Bring a Friend AND Tell Someone Where You’re Going.
Hiking is fun, but it’s no laughing matter if you get lost. That’s why it’s best not to go at it alone, and, if for some reason you choose to, be sure to tell someone where you’re headed and when you expect to return. Don’t be shy with your plans–tell friends and family your hiking plans, and if you’re overdue your return date, rescuers can know where to search. Give them your itinerary and a mapped out plan of which trails you’re going to hike.

Check the weather.
Mother Nature can be sneaky out in the wilderness. Bring clothing that can handle any form of what she throws your way–rain, snow, wind or shine.

Bring a first aid kit.
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but you don’t want to be in the woods without something to bandage you up if you cut yourself.

Don’t leave without plenty of water.
Out on the trails, it can be hot and tiresome, which is why you must drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and refreshed. Heat exaustion is one of the many natural killers and out in the wilderness, it’s no exception.

When in doubt, use duct tape.
It’s been known as the “handyman’s secret weapon.” For example, a hole in a canoe or a tear in a tent can easily be repaired with the sticky magic that is duct tape.

About the Author: Mary is a guest contributor from By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, offering well-appointed suites and cottages in Harrisonburg, Virginia near The Shenandoah Valley.

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