Having made my share of mistakes in the great outdoors over the years, I have compiled a list of gotcha’s that can be applied to any outdoor adventure. I urge you to print this out and keep it with your outdoor gear. Hiking can be a most rewarding distraction from the daily grind, but safety should NEVER be taken for granted! especially when your fun day out could turn into an emergency survival situation.
1) Plan your hike in advance. You are more likely to have a safe and happy hike if you “plan your hike, and stick to your plan”. To rush out on a big hike w/o proper planning is asking for trouble! ALWAYS notify someone close to you where you will be and how long you will be gone.
2) Know your terrain. Use every resource available to get to know your hiking trail before you set out. there is a lot of information and reviews online for the various hiking trails.This will prepare you for the walking conditions. “Are there streams to cross?, Elevation changes?, Is the terrain rocky or smooth?”, Just some of the questions that can be answered BEFORE you set out.
3) Be aware of the climate. Hypothermia is real, dangerous, and misunderstood. Hypothermia can strike in relatively warm environments. Hypothermia plain and simple is a rapid cooling of the body. This can be caused by cold, wet or a combination of both. Hypothermia can easily be prevented with proper preparation.
Read the full article here: 8 Tips for the Perfect Hiking Experience