Autumn is upon us! As we head into my favorite season, it is important to remember that wherever you are headed, you should be thinking about your safety. Working at Monadnock State Park, we see hundreds of people set out for hikes every day. The vast majority make it through their day with no issue. However, there are a number who need assistance either from other generous hikers or the rangers on the mountain to make it home safely.
Being prepared is not just about being safe. Being prepared also leads to more enjoyable and fun days out in the woods. Before you head out, take a look at the Hiker’s Code. Also take a close look at what is in your pack. Some things to take with might be:
- Extra Layers- It is getting chilly across the state. Bring some sweaters for when you aren’t working and a rain coat just in case the weather turns south.
- Water- Dehydration is no fun. On a trail, it can also lead to poor judgment and cause further injury.
- Directions- Just about every state park has free maps. Make sure you know where you are going before you start out. If you know how to use it, a compass or GPS unit would also help in case of emergency.
- Snacks- The body needs energy to run and keep warm. Make sure you are bringing enough calories to fight off the chill and keep you running through whatever adventure you may be on.
- Knowledge- Make sure you have a good idea of what you are getting yourself into. Research your destination and tailor your equipment to the demands that are going to be placed upon you. Also make sure to let others know where and when you are going so that someone can contact emergency services should anything go wrong and you are out of contact yourself. Last but not least, check the weather for your destination.
These are just a few tips to make the trip a little safer wherever you might be headed. I hope you all enjoy the fall and have a wonderful, safe time out in the woods!
Also – Check our this fun little video of Monadnock Hiking Tips featuring our 2013 Monadnock Interpretive Rangers – Kelsey and Rachel: