Posts Tagged ‘hiking safety’

Quick Tips for Winter Hiking

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Hiking isn’t just a summer activity!  The fall and winter months offer new elements and sights to experience, not to mention a completely different set of challenges.  Avid U.S. traveler and hiker James Hutchinson offers some great safety tips for winter hiking.

 

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Florida Hiking Festival Kicks Off This Friday

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The highly anticipated Florida Hiking Festival, part of the Florida Trails Association’s annual conference, is kicking off Friday, March 28th in White Springs. The participants will have the option to take on several different hikes, all starting in White Springs in Suwannee County.  Hikers of all skill levels will be able to hike the Florida Trail, Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, and some other off-road bike trails.  Demonstrations and educational seminars about the hiking area and safety will also take place during the weekend.

To register, call 1-877-Hike-FLA or register onsite on Friday. The festival will run through March 30th.
 

Hiking Gear For the Tech Junkie

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

New hiking software is now available for download to your blackberry to aid hikers in monitoring their health and safety while hiking this spring. The All Sport GPS program and the Trimble Outdoors program are both designed to track how far you have hiked, how many calories you are burning, and map your route. Many hikers these days take a cell phone with them to be able to call in case of an emergency or at least be tracked by the internal GPS tracking units inside. Adding a hiking software that can keep you safer and help you monitor your progress is a smart, easy addition to that piece of hiking equipment. 

Both programs are free for 30 days and then run for $5.99 per month or $39.99 for a year.

Nova Scotia To Get New Hiking Trail Through Cobequid Mountains

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

The Cobequid Eco-Trails Society, with the help of the Department of Environment and Labour, and some private landowners, has gotten funding and approval to begin developing a new eco-trail through the Cobequid Mountain’s highest point. The hiking trail will run over 40 kilometers and is expected to be open year round for hikers and snowshoers

This will be the sixth hiking trail developed by the trail society. “Our province is blessed with pristine beauty and this trail will provide another opportunity to enjoy it,” said Minister of Environment and Labour, Mark Parent.

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Colorado Hikers Reminded That Mountain Lions Are A Reality

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Mountain lions have been spotted in the Aspen hiking trail area sparking concerns about safety.  The mountain lion(s) have been spotted down near hiking areas by rangers and residents sparking suspicion that they may be scavenging deer and elk carcasses that have been exposed as the lower level snow starts the spring thaw and the snow in the higher hills continues to be thick. 

The Pitkin County Colorado rangers are reminding hikers and outdoorsmen and women in the area to keep their dogs on a leash, regardless of the season, to keep them out of danger.  Hikers should also make noise while they are on the trails to scare away predators. If they do encounter a mountain lion, hikers should make themselves look bigger by fanning out their coats and putting their arms out, while looking the animal directly in the eye.  The rangers did reiterate that attacks are rare but being prepared is a must.

New Hampshire Hikers Rescued By Helicopters After Storm

Friday, February 29th, 2008

A storm that hit the Franconia Ridge this past weekend stranded two New Hampshire Hikers overnight forcing helicopter search teams to rescue them from the icy conditions.  36 year old James Osborne and his climbing partner, 55 year old Laurence “Fred” Frederickson, were half way across the two mile ridge on a day hike when a horrible storm swooped in with wind gusts of up to 75 m/h. The storm stranded the men at roughly 4,700 feet overnight.  The next morning the men attempted to head down off of the ridge.

Fatigue, however, got the most of the hikers and both ended up face down in the snow and unconscious. This was how the Army National Guard helicopters found them at roughly 7:30pm.  Osborne was rushed to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and treated for hypothermia.  Fredrickson died of hypothermia by the time the helicopters took him off the mountain. 

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American Hiking Society Hosts Tennessee Event for Potential Volunteers

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

The American Hiking Society along with the National Park Service Trails has organized a special hike and learn trip at the Lookout Mountain Land Conservancy (LMC) to take place this Saturday, March 1, 2008  from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  The 3.5 mile hike, being called the “Take a Hike into Volunteering” will enable participants to get out and enjoy the trail system, the great outdoors and some physical activity.  They will also learn about the activities of the LMC, the Reflection Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.  The organizers hope that participants will also be inspired to volunteer for some of these organizations and parks activities. Interested participants can register by contacting Sarah Quattrochi.

Learn more about hiking this time of year. Check out “Hiking Safety and Precautions for the Winter