Stetser’s Cool Rules for Hiking in Heat
Hiking on hot days requires some preparation and planning. Here are the Stetser Suggestions!
- Good hydration! Make sure that you bring plenty of water. Monadnock State Park Manager Patrick Hummell recently wrote about this topic. http://blog.nhstateparks.org/monadnock-weekly-report-07-05-13/
- Wear a hat! Keep the sun off your head. More on how to dress for a hot hike http://voices.yahoo.com/10-tips-hiking-heat-3086226.html?cat=11
- Take it slow! Heat exhaustion can happen to the best of us. Read more! http://offgridsurvival.com/heatexhaustionhiking/
- Rain gear. Pop-up showers are always a threat in the afternoon.
- Snacks that don’t melt. No fuel, no food, no fun! http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/suffer.htm
- Sandwiches without meat or mayo. Backpacks get very hot! We don’t want you getting sick from your sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a great option.
- Bring your cell phone in case of an emergency.
- Hike early in the day! http://hiking.about.com/od/Safe-Summer-Hiking/a/Safe-Hiking-In-Hot-Weather.htm
- Know when to turn back. People both young and old die from heat exhaustion. Listen to your body, and stop when you’ve had enough. http://www.azfamily.com/news/Man-21-dies-while-hiking-in-White-Tank-Mountains-209863401.html