Basic Hiking Tips

An international student, Jacqueline Schaffer has studied in Israel and Spain, where she completed her rotation in ophthalmology under the guidance of Dr. Blasco Carratala. Outside of her efforts as a medical intern, Jacqueline Schaffer stays active by running, biking, and hiking.

Hiking is a fun and physically active way to connect with the outdoors. Below are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe and comfortable on your hike.

Take precautions. Whether you are hiking alone or in a group, let someone know where you are going and how long you expect to be gone. Especially if you go hiking somewhere treacherous or remote, telling someone where you will be can help others locate you if you get lost or injured.

Practice hiking etiquette. Trails that are maintained properly last the longest and can be enjoyed by more people. Instead of cutting across a curve to create a shortcut, stay on the path to help both the trail and its environment. Also, hike quietly in consideration of other hikers, and do not leave any trash behind, even if it is biodegradable.

Prepare. Before hiking, get a map of the area and check the weather forecast. Knowing the length and types of trails to expect helps determine what supplies to take, from the amount of drinking water to the type of shoes to wear. Also, be sure to take emergency supplies, even on short hikes.

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