The Washington Trails Association (WTA) has published a new free online hiking safety guide geared toward new hikers. It also provides a great refersher for hikers with more experience.
“Safety Essentials: A Toolkit for Hikers” focuses on five important things you need to know for an enjoyable, safe hike:
- Make a plan before you go.
- Pack your backpack with the essentials and anything else you might need.
- Learn how to identify common risks on the trail and how to handle them.
- Know about the types of wildlife you might encounter on the trail and how to react.
- Prepare for emergencies.