If you are a lover of hiking, these mountain hiking tips can help to ensure your safety! Even the most experienced hikers can run into trouble sometimes – you may have read about the Maine woman that had trouble during her hike in Utah’s Dixie National Forest.
She broke her leg when jumping off a four foot ledge while on a hiking trip alone.
Mountain Hiking Tips for Survival
Victoria Grover, of Wade, Maine, set out last Tuesday for a six-mile day hike in Utah’s Dixie National Forest. Two miles short of the trailhead on her return journey, Grover, described as a veteran outdoor enthusiast, jumped off a 4-foot ledge and broke her leg.
That accident turned her otherwise routine yet challenging hike in the remote Utah desert into a race for survival. Grover, who had only the clothes on her back and had not left a hiking itinerary behind with others, holed up along a creek at an elevation of about 4,500 feet, the Associated Press reported.
A physician’s assistant, Grover made a splint from her walking stick and pulled herself to a nearby creek for water. She had hiked the same area nearly four decades before on a Brigham Young University survival course and said she used that experience, along with her Mormon faith, to keep her alive.
Mountain Hiking Tips
#1 – Do not jump off ledges! Especially when you are hiking alone – which brings us to…
#2 – Do not go hiking alone. If you do want to go walkabout by yourself, make sure someone knows when you are leaving and your planned route. That way if you are late, authorities can be alerted sooner.
#3 – Pack a few snacks. Nothing heavy, maybe some protein and/or energy bars just in case you run into unexpected delays.
#4 – Take water with you. Even when taking a short hike, you need to stay hydrated. And again, since unexpected things are – well, unexpected – it is wise to be prepared. Creeks/lakes may contain water that is unsafe to drink.
#5 – Bring something warm. An emergency blanket is inexpensive and extremely lightweight and can make all the difference for you if the weather takes a turn for the worse. When I used to go four-wheeling in my jeep I ALWAYS had my space blanket with me!
Had she followed these mountain hiking tips, Ms Grover would probably not have to be rescued, or treated for hypothermia, exposure and a broken leg! If you think this is good advice, please share this article with your friends.