- Getting lost on the trail, especially under extreme weather conditions.
- Unprepared for changes in the weather.
- Failure to learn about altered terrain conditions before your hike.
- Improper clothing and footwear.
- Insufficient food or water.
- Hiking under inadvisable weather conditions.
- Failure to bring necessary equipment, and equipment for possible emergencies.
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HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR HIKING TRIP
Be prepared for changes in the weather: a drop in temperature, a sudden rainstorm, or heavy rains blocking out the trail
Be prepared for heat if you’re hiking in the desert. Forego your trip if you know you can’t tolerate heat for long periods of time.
Be prepared for missing trail signs. Always bring a map, and a compass to get direction.
Bring lightweight clothing that will keep you warm, and raingear to keep you dry.
Bring reliable flashlights.
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Educate yourself before going out on the trail. Whether it’s a day hike or a longer backpack into the high country, being prepared for your trip keeps your journey uninterrupted and safe.
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