Jun 01

Hiking, Be Prepared

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Here’s a quick little list of the basics to prepare for a hike correctly, in terms of safety. I offer this article as a preamble to a more detailed record being prepared which will focus on the necessary equipment to deal with any eventuality. You can also consult the file on the safety rules for outings in the mountains .

The main points to be observed are to avoid any surprises when hiking:

  1. Do not go alone if you are inexperienced. In case of trouble, your companions will be a great help.
  2. Always inform someone of your departure, route and time of return. They will be able to alert the authorities if necessary.
  3. Calculate the length of your route based on time of departure and return, allow an extra margin of 2 hours per day of walking.
  4. Go around and choose a course that suits your abilities.
  5. Wear visible clothing, please wear a fluorescent vest during the hunting season (for the paranoid). Do not drive during the period of big game hunts.
  6. Take a square of red fabric (1m side) which, when spread means that you need help. This is the sign of the call for help in the mountains. When you raise your two arms in the air, V, you signify that you need help. When only one arm is raised, alls good.
  7. This isn’t really security, but only some places allow camping. Consult a guidebook to find accommodation available along the trail.
  8. If you sleep in the forest, you must only stay in the parts authorized for this purpose and comply with the local codes. It is advisable to suspend food and body products in a bag which you keep at least 5 meters above ground and 30 meters from the campsite, so as not to attract rodents or bears in some regions near the campsite.
  9. Think about water, identify potential sources in the path, starting with about 3l of water a day, sometimes more on a hot summer, otherwise it is recommended to boil water, treat it with pellets or to use a filter.

 

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