Whether you’re hiking or mountain biking by yourself or with friends, it’s essential to know basic safety measures to take when out in the mountains. The following tips may be obvious, however, it’s normally by ignoring or forgetting these tips that a great day in the mountains can turn into a nightmare. Before putting on your cycling shoes or hiking boots, be sure you have your safety requirement checklist.
Choosing the right equipment
Wear lightweight clothing which can protect your from the elements. The clothing you wear needs to protect you from rain and wind and should be able to breathe as you warm up. Preferably dress in layers to easily remove clothes according to the weather conditions. Seekout quality equipment that isn’t necessarily expensive. When packing your rucksack ensure that it’s not too heavy.
Be sure to make friends aware of your whereabouts
It’s imperative to inform your loved ones of your intended route and when they can expect to have you back home. This is a precautionary measure to take for those who can raise alarm if you don’t return as planned.
Have a look at the weather
Check the local weather forecast before heading out on your trail as mountain weather can quickly change. A light breeze can quickly turn into a storm. Therefore it’s essential to put on clothing that are perfect for warm weather as well as cool weather. Be sure to pay attention to warnings about adverse weather conditions in the mountains.
Keep to your designated trail
There are signs all over the mountains which indicate distances, overnight cabins and emergency phones. Be sure to pay close attention to these as you make your way through the marked trails in the mountains. If you require help, it will be easier for you to find your way and it is a safer alternative. Keep in mind winter trails may differ from summer trails and when in winter the trails may not be suitable for summer hikes.
Pack a map and compass
If you don’t know how to use a map and compass, make haste to find out how. Don’t become someone who says, “I don’t need a compass. I have GPS.” Be sure to be in the know for those just in case moments. A compass can become useful when you want to leave marked trails. Ensure that the map you have is not an outdated one.