Hiking is a great way to experience nature and get some exercise. But, if you are inexperienced, you may not understand some of the best ways to stay safe. Now, there are tons of things you need to do to keep safe when hiking, but we’ve picked three things for you to pay attention to when you go.
1. Watch for Ticks
There are a lot of different bugs and insects you might come across, from spiders to mosquitoes, but one of the biggest concerns this summer is the tick. Ticks are not only all over the place, but Lyme disease is increasing, which is a disease that ticks can transfer to you or your pets. It is important to know where ticks hide, how they bite you, and how to remove them. When you are going on a hike, be careful of heavily wooded areas. This is where ticks are going to hide. If you feel a bite on your skin, look closely for signs that a tick is lodged in your skin. With a pair of tweezers, you can pull the tick out before too much harm is done. Be sure that when you get home from your hike, that you do another once-over of your entire body including your hair to see if you missed any.
2. Stay Away from the Animals
It can be fun when youíre hiking and you see wild animals like rabbits and squirrels, but it is best that you leave them alone. Even if the wild animals seem friendly, they could be rabid, carry diseases, or cause you harm when you don’t realize it. Leave all wild animals alone, even if it looks like they are approaching you. Just keep along on your hike to keep yourself and the other animals safe during the hike. Alert someone if you see a more dangerous animal you think others should be aware of.
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3. Find the Highest Point
The reason you want to do this is because it gives you a goal of how far you want to go. Some areas have trails that intersect and just keep going for miles and miles, which could mean you walk further than you thought, and you now have to walk back down.
This is really frustrating when it gets too late to make it back down before dark, especially if you werenít packed for camping overnight. To avoid this, look for a high point on the hike and use that as a guide for how far you want to go. Track how long it
took to reach that high point, as that is how long it takes you to go back down. If you are already pushing the time, it might be a good time to turn around instead of keeping on the trail.
Hiking can be a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Just be aware of your surroundings and keep in mind some basic safety tips and you can experience a whole new world.
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Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word "walking" is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps.
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