Safety and Education: Don’t Hike in Secret


A simple yet often forgotten safety tip is to let someone else know when you’re going on a hike.

Whether it be a roommate, friend, or family member, it’s important that another person knows your whereabouts and what time you expect to return. If there are multiple routes, make sure you tell them your specific intended route/what trailhead you are leaving from. That way, if you get lost or injured and are stuck in the backcountry without cell service past the anticipated time, that person can notify authorities to search for you.

It may not seem like it, but although this step only takes a few seconds, it can save you many crucial hours of being stuck in the backcountry in the event of an emergency. The difference in that time can save your life.

Hiking with a group has major safety benefits, but group members don’t count in this scenario. Make sure you tell someone else ALL your group members’ names AND contact info.

Whether you’re going for a snowshoe, ski, or out on the ice, Hike Smart NY can help you prepare with a list of 10 essentials, guidance on what to wear, and tips for planning your trip with safety and sustainability in mind.

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