So we like to go on our Hike Day, but what do we need to keep in mind?
What Are the Risks when hiking
When you hike, there are always some things to consider, some risks for incidents. Apart from the usual rules about checking the weather, taking the right food and water supply, there are some other tips you can apply so that you don’t ruin your hike.
Take care of avalanches on a winter hike and always pay attention to the ground fruits. There are several diseases that you can get from them (this goes for your pet also).
Fog and hot weather are risks to really consider on a hike and having the water and food supplies are the key to go. Also, clothes to change when you get sweat.
Waterfalls are nice to see but they can get very dangerous when climbing directly. You need special training for this kind of hiking and weather conditions can stop you sometimes.
The waterfalls near rocks are a constant risk because they are close to the walls. You need to avoid this kind of waterfalls when the snow melts, in case of thunderstorms. If these kind of risk is inevitable, it’s better to stay around at least as possible. If the overhang wall is protective enough, walk in that protected area. When the path is large enough, try to stay as far as you can from the rocky walls since small rocks always fall down when raining. The distance from the walls can give you that fraction of second to avoid an injury. The trails with intermediate slopes are even more unpredictable and the pebbles can get strange trajectories.
When hiking, try to stay away from the walls and the sharp grounds and you want to cross really fast these rocky trails. If you really have to stop, do it in a low risk area, close to the upstream or in a convex rump. Both would be the best choice, and the upstream is typically protected by the falls of the rocks since they have a protective vegetation.
Ice falling, falls on bumpy trails, landslides should also worry you when hiking. Storms bring also the risk of lightning while winter hiking gives the risk of cold. Avoid moist clothes and the cotton ones that dry slowly and keep you colder when wet. Most of the clothes for hiking are synthetic, give a faster evaporation and remain dry when you sweat.
If you never hiked on glaciers before, it is better to take a guide or to join a club before doing that.
Keep the distance from animals when hiking. They might seem nice and cute, but observe them from a distance.
Snow can hide holes and may be dangerous traps so stay away from the snow on the rivers, not always seen at surface. You really need to know your trail to stay away from risks- walk that trail in the summer time for a safer hike in the winter.
Always bring with you a compass when hiking- it’s light weight and helpful when the visibility is low, on a storm, in the dark.
Rabies are not a common risk, but you do need to be cautious to dead animals, to unusual behavior of wild animals. Stay away from bats, reptiles (snakes especially).
A small injury may become lethal, so tetanus is an major risk when hiking. Pay attention to barbed wire, thorn and get yourself vaccinated to be safer.
Ticks are an important risk on the summer hikes (anywhere you see tall plants, riskier in a rainy day or near a river)- they can carry Borrelia. Ticks can also give you a form of meningitis with severe consequences, even lethal.
Last, but not least and nevertheless important, UV rays may get dangerous in time. Don’t forget to use sunscreen protection cream, sunglasses and hats.