Ten Basic Rules of Mountain Safety (with thanks to TMNP)
For your own safety please read the rules below
- Don’t hike alone; four is the ideal number.
- Choose your route carefully and stick to it.
- Choose a hike leader and walk at the pace of the slowest member.
- If lost - don’t split up. Rather try to retrace your steps. Remember that climbing down is more difficult than climbing up.
- Always take waterproof clothing, even in mid-summer, and wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Wear a hat or cap and sun block in summer. Weather changes rapidly.
- If lost or forced to stop because of bad weather, stay together and remain in one place. Find the closest shelter from wind and rain.
- In case of injury, take time to assess the situation. Then send two people for help and let the third remain with the injured person.
- Stick to well-used paths - don’t take shortcuts
- Always take enough water, especially in summer, and food in case of a delay.
- Take a fully-charged cellphone.