Hiking as we know is a desirable pastime that can help you create experiences worth sharing and moments worth remembering. From busy countryside trails to sloppy hillside paths, to natural mountain waterfalls, to the captivating wilderness of large trees and bushes, hiking allows you to explore places that are still to be modified by human colonization.
It is often tempting to take an unplanned trip to the woods and challenge your muscles for a strenuous yet exciting adventure. But, it is not just about your physical strength and your stamina, but about the knowledge and planning, you require a great hiking experience. A great hiking experience is a product of the location you choose for your hiking experience, the strength of your group, the distance of your trip, the duration of your trip, and the most important – the safety measures you follow when hiking in the wilderness.
People often choose hiking trails that could allow them to explore the wilderness in its real essence, but, often fail to measure the risks it brings along. You need to be well aware of the mistakes made by various hikers during their trips in the wilderness as things can go worse faster than you can expect.
Wild can be adventurous, but you cannot forget that it is wild’ at its first place. So here are some hiking guidelines and most important safety tips you need to follow when hiking in the wilderness:
Hiking in the wilderness can be more complicated than you generally expect! With no proper path to follow and faded trail marks, you cannot expect to plan a long trip into the wilderness with a good thorough study of the map.
With this, you have to take care of the weather uncertainties. A bright sunny day in the morning doesn’t mean that there is no chance of cold winds at the night.
You should take a look at the weather forecast report and plan your hiking experience accordingly. You should be prepared with your rain gears and covers if rain sets in.
An injury can grow into an emergency when you are hiking alone, and situations can make you feel helpless in the wild. So, hiking alone is never a good choice, until you are prepared and you take a short trip to a familiar trail. With this, if you are hiking alone or with a small group, you should share your hiking plan details like - the route you are going to choose, the time you would leave and the time you are expected to come back with someone whom you can rely upon. So that he can take help from the local authorities and search team if things seem to go unplanned.
One of the most safety tips when hiking in the wilderness is carrying all your essentials. So, as you plan a long hiking experience you should have a detailed map of the area, a well-calibrated compass, a pocket knife, a fire starter and matchbox, candles, a well-managed First Aid Kid, a shout gun and a whistle, a bug repellant, ropes and trekking poles are important as well. Along with these, you should have extra food, adequate drinking water, your warm jackets, waterproof clothing and rain gears.
Hiking involves a lot of walking with heavy backpacks over not-so-smooth paths, so prepare well in advance. While your group plans a hiking experience in the wilderness, you should plan your route according to the physical abilities of the weakest member of your group.
Another important safety tip while hiking in the wilderness is that you need to choose a path that keeps you in the range of local authorities and allows you to stay connected to your cellphone network. In the case you get lost, you need to be patient and try to take long halts at secure places instead of regularly changing your location. It is difficult for local authorities and search teams to find you if you are continuously moving.
In case if a person gets injured or sick you should have proper ailment and medicines. With this, you should plan your group as if a person gets badly injured and is unable to walk, other group members can carry him along to the nearest help.
Hiking in the wilderness is surely fun and it can turn into a great experience every time you follow the above-mentioned safety tips.