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10 tips for hiking alone in National Forests

Natl Forest

1. Tell someone where you plan to hike and when you expect to return. The

best people to tell are family or a good friend.

2. It is a good idea to also leave a plan of your trip in your car. Leave it out

in a visible place where someone can see it if needed.

3. Make sure you take enough water and food with you. I also take some

Alpha Brain with me too, just in case I need to keep my wits about me.

4. Take the appropriate clothing and gear for the weather. There is nothing

worse than not having enough warm clothes if it turns cold.

5. You never know when a pocketknife may come in handy. I could be used

to cut a few twigs and light branches if you need to build a shelter.

6. I believe a compass and map is always essential, even if you have a GPS.

If you forget to pack batteries and they fail you will be glad of them.

7. Bear repellant spray is always in my pack. If you accidently wander across

their path and get into a sticky situation it certainly will be worth carrying.

8. A first aid kit is essential, accidents happen when you least expect it. Even

a nasty scratch is better attended to than left open to the dust and dirt.

9. Carrying matches or lighter will be a lifesaver if you need to build a signal

fire. A fire will also keep you warm from the cool night air.

10. It is also wise to carry a flashlight, small signaling mirror and a whistle

just in case you need them. You will be glad you packed them if you do

get lost.

Some bonus tips for if you do get lost

If you find you are lost the best thing to do is to stay calm and stay where you

are. Do not attempt to walk in the dark.

Find a spot that is on high ground and in the open. Build a shelter if did not bring

a tent and build a signal fire and keep it attended.

If you have a whistle blow it regularly and put on any bright clothing you might

have on.

Make three piles of anything you can find, leaves, stones; it is the international

sign for distress in the wilderness.