We believe there will be a moment you want to go hiking alone. But, how many times have you made a solo hiking plan and then let your fear keep you stay home?
Like, “What if I get lost?”
“What if I meet an unexpected accident and nobody knows?”
We understand why you have so much fear, but hiking alone is not as dangerous as you think.
So, how do you stay safe while hiking alone? Follow our following tips which may come in handy, which may be useful for you.
#1: Pick a well-traveled and busy trail
If you go alone, you’d better choose the location that is popular and easy to navigate so that you will not get lost or stranded.
Besides, choosing a track where you will not be completely alone is much safer than going on secluded one. Do not worry that people will interrupt your time because everybody has to hike.
In the worst case that you get trouble, yell loudly, and there will be someone to help you.
Some suggestions are the place you have been visited before with your friends, or somewhere near your hometown. You will be surprised at how everything looks when you go on your own.
Also, look for trail markers or take photos of any trail junctions – that will help you remember the way.
#2: Know the trail well
Even when the path looks simple and easy, getting a GPS or another tracking device, reading a map, and studying the terrain will be essential.
You need to check all of the turns, and even the exists if you get lost.
#3: Check the weather report
There is no point in talking much about the importance of checking the weather forecast. You will not be surprised at the weather changes and have better preparation.
There is another way is watching how other people act on the trail. For example, if everyone is running back when the sky looks gloomy, you may follow them or find a shelter.
#4: Tell others where you will be
This is an essential step, especially when you are planning a solo hike. Contact with your friend or family and tell them where you will be, when and how long you expect to be hiking.
Want to improve your safety? Bring the SPOT Transponder along. If something wrong happens, this device can send a help signal to emergency responders and your family or friends with your location.
#5: Pack essential things
There are some items that you must bring to stay secured, like food, water, first-aid supplies, headlamp, hiking and camping equipment, and extra warm clothes in case of the weather changes.
Do not think you can borrow things from anyone if you run out of something. Be responsible for preparing everything you need!
Although the trail is popular, you also need to prepare some item to protect yourself. There may be dangerous wild animals lurking around the area.
So, our advice is stick to the path. Do not go off the trail and into the woods. Besides the risk of wild animals, you can step onto unstable grounds like quicksand.
See more about the 10 essentials here: Hiking tips for beginners.
#6: Understand your ability
That means you have to know your limitation. There is no need to push yourself into an exhausting marathon. You will give up soon if the fatigue follows you.
You can start with walking around your neighborhood first to see your ability and speed. Once you have understood yourself, you will be more ready to go out alone.
#7: Check in at the ranger station
Do not skip this step. Give them your personal information and your planned hiking route because they know which routes are open and safest for you.
And remember to mention that you are going alone and check in again when you come back. They will give you useful tips and advice.
A solo hiking trip will bring a lot of benefits. You can get away from the busy city life, reduce stress, refresh your mind, and have full control of everything.
But do not forget to follow our instructions to keep yourself safe.
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