Staying Safe When Hiking in Hot Weather
It’s the constant Catch-22. It’s only possible to go hiking during the summer. Summer is the hottest season. It is dangerous regardless of where you live.
As with all dangers found in the great outdoors, hot weather hiking can prove to be dangerous. These are some simple steps that will help you stay safe while on hot weather hiking trips.
Drink More Water than You Think!
All hikes require water. If the hike is short and not very hot, you may only need one water bottle to make it through the last half-hour home. If you hike in hot weather, the water will go down much quicker. If you’re at high altitudes or in dry climates, you might not be aware of how much water is being lost.
When hiking in hot conditions, you will need to stay hydrated. One liter (about 33 fl. The norm is to drink at least one liter (about 33 fl.) of water every hour. Drink 1 cup of water every 15 minutes. This water should not be consumed in large quantities as it can make you sick.
If you don’t have immediate access to clean water, a large water bottle is necessary for long hikes.
Watch out for electrolytes.
You lose more than water when you sweat profusely. Your body also loses vital electrolytes. Salty snacks can be a great way to replenish electrolytes. These snacks can provide complex carbs, protein, as well as energy to sustain you.
Gatorade and other sugary drinks claim to replenish electrolytes. There are two problems. Sugar is a simple carb and can lead to energy drops or spikes. Another reason is the fact that long hikes can lead to weight gain by carrying too many sports drinks bottles or mixtures.
You will need the right gear (including the correct clothes)
A hike in hot weather will require more energy and water than a fall or spring hike. A backpack or hydration bag that has extra pockets for snacks may be necessary. If you decide to purchase a full backpack, make sure it fits correctly and have it fitted professionally.
Your clothing should be breathable. In hot weather, blisters and chafing can become more common. This can make it more difficult to move and could pose additional dangers.
Always have first aid and sunscreen.
Avoid High Sun
You can make hiking in hot weather safer by reducing the amount of alcohol and other harmful substances. It is most likely that you will find the strongest direct sun in the hours just before or after high noon, depending on where and when of the year. It is a good idea for hikers to get up early in the morning. It is also a good idea to reduce the time it takes for the temperature to drop so that you are not exposed too much. Alternately you could plan a brief break during these hours. It can be used for lunch, rest, or sightseeing. You will also return later than usual.
If you plan to hike for a long time, consider choosing a route that isn’t in direct sunlight. Plan for frequent breaks, and be aware of your hydration.
Make an emergency plan
It doesn’t matter how bad the weather, having an emergency plan is important. This is especially important if you’re hiking in hot conditions. Let people know where you’re going and when you expect to be back in contact. If you’re going to be away for more than a day, you should have a way to contact emergency services. A ZOLEO satellite communication system could save your life.
An emergency plan can help you identify when an emergency is happening. It is possible to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke early enough to prevent it becoming serious.