Hiking can, especially in the mountains or other remote areas can be fun, but if not properly prepared it can be very dangerous. I’ll forgo basic insights like choosing a trail commensurate with your experience, the right back pack, proper shoe type/fit & drinking plenty of H2O. I will instead focus on
First, let someone dependable know your complete hiking plan. Information such as,
where you will be going, route taken & time you plan to return. And better yet, invest in a personal locator beacon with the ability to send text messages.
Second, hike with a friend or companion. Look for like minded people by joining a hiking group in person or even on social media. Search & rescue is challenging enough, but when time is of the essence not having a good location can make it nearly
impossible to be found. Take it from a seasoned first responder, do your part to take the search out of your rescue by following these simple tips.