Six ways to stay safe on mountain hiking trails

There was sad news this week for the Los Angeles hiking community. The body of Seuk “Sam” Doo Kim, famous for climbing Mount Baldy nearly 800 times, was found on the mountain after a few days missing.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was in charge of the search. Its spokesperson said that to lose such an experienced hiker was rare. Usually, rescue operations are sent out to find people who were ill-equipped for their outing.

Improvising a hiking route by going off-trail is a common reason hikers run into trouble on a mountain. Even the most experienced hikers can get turned around. Ultimately, sudden changes in weather and medical emergencies or injuries can happen to anyone.

So, what should you do to avoid trouble on a mountain trail? And if you find yourself in an urgent situation, what can be done to maximize your chances of rescue?

Here is a discussion of tips for staying safe on mountain trails…

 

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