Summer Hiking: tips to stay safe
Hiking is a great way to improve your general health and fitness, many people start hiking in during the summer season as the weather is slightly more appealing. Hiking safety isn’t one of the first things that people think about before they go out on a hike, but it should be! On the hottest days of the British summer season, there are a few things you should take into consideration before starting your hike…
Think about starting your hike early
The temperature is normally cooler in the morning, therefore it makes sense to start any hike as early as possible so you don’t get caught in the hottest part of the day. Most hikers start as early as 5:30 in the summer season, so that by 8:30/9 they would have reached the peak of the mountains or the highest point of their route.
Get some suitable shoes
It is important you’re wearing suitable footwear during your hike. Hikes tend to be very long, therefore, having shoes that provide comfort but also will not wear out easily is essential. Here at Grisport, we provide suitable walking and hiking boots, which are not only designed to provide support to your feet and ankles but they always maintain a comfortable aspect from the minute you put them on. Take a look at our website today.
Depending on how hot the temperature is and how long you have been hiking for, you could be a threat to dehydration. When you’re hiking in a hot climate for a long period of time you should be aiming to drink at least 3-4 liters of water a day. It is also important to think about how much you’re drinking days leading up to the hike, as this will have an impact on your general well-being on the day of the hike.
Top tip: even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink!
The symptoms of dehydration include:
– a headache
– increased sweating
– muscle cramps
– extreme fatigue
– dark urine or lack of urination
The best thing you or anyone else you’re hiking with can do if they feel symptoms of dehydration coming on is to find shade immediately. Then start drinking water in small doses. Closely monitor their progress and seek medical treatment if symptoms don’t improve.
Dehydration and overexertion contribute to heat stroke. Try and prevent heat stroke from appearing by taking precautions before you leave the house. We recommend always staying hydrated while wearing a hat to keep the sun rays directly off your head.
The main symptoms to look for with heat stroke are:
– increased heart rate/rapid pulse
– hot, sweaty, red skin
– confusion and disorientation
Hiking should be enjoyed by all, by using this guide and following these simple hiking tips, you can minimize the chances of suffering dangers on the trail, and maximise the enjoyment of it!