While on the trail it’s imperative to practice safety. This includes observing posted signs and trail markers, being cautious of weather conditions, and water crossings (among other things). The following tips should help you stay safe.
Hiking Tip #8: Choose The Right Trail
When it comes to hiking safety, selecting the right trail for your skill level and current conditions can definitely be tricky.
You’ll want to consider the weather, topography, and physical conditions to ensure you can have a safe journey.
If you’re a beginner, you may want to avoid trails with summits (to prevent slipping in steep terrain).
Instead, it might make sense to choose a landscape with forest or water (waterfall or lake).
In any case, choosing the right trail can either make or break a trip. Particularly, if you’re going to be hiking in the rain.
Hiking Tip #9: Lightning & Water Safety
Another important aspect of hiking safety to look out for is lightning and water safety. In terms of hiking for beginners, it’s important not to skip over this.
First off, you’ll want to avoid any slippery terrain, especially if you’re hiking in the rain. When in doubt: just assume that it’s slippery (better safe than sorry!)
Once again, you need to make sure you’re using proper shoes that can protect your feet and prevent any potential safety hazards.
If there is any thunder or lightening present, you’ll want to get to a lower position on the trail to protect yourself and avoid exposure.
Don’t forget: When it comes to safety, always assume the worst and prepare for the best.
As we like to say: “stay alert, stay alive!”
Hiking Tip# 10: Keep it Dry
One thing to consider when hiking in the rain is to take every opportunity to dry yourself, your clothes, and your equipment whenever an opportunity presents itself.
If there is warmth or sunlight, take advantage because you don’t know when you’ll have this chance again (depending on weather conditions).
Use this time to air out your clothes and shoes. Hang your clothes out to dry if possible and inspect your shoes for damage once they’ve dried out.
If possible, ensure to keep extra clothes and dry sleeping gear with you. A dry, warm place is the best defense against hiking in the rain.