Guidelines for SAFE walking or trekking

TRAINING | by LISA MARSHALL | 03 Apr '18

Guidelines for staying SAFE when Wild Walking or Trek Training:

THINK BEFORE YOU TREK

Wilderness by its very nature, has inherent risks.
Safety is YOUR responsibility.

  1. Never walk alone
  2. Know the grading of the terrain/track and your capabilities. Know your own limitations and those walking with you.
  3. Plan your route beforehand and give your itinerary to family/friends. Register your walking party at the local Parks office if walking in a National Park.
  4. Check the weather forecast and any other alerts such as fire danger warnings, adjust your plans accordingly. Don’t walk in severe weather, such as electrical storms/heavy rain/extreme heat/fog or any conditions that deem it unsafe or put you at undue risk.
  5. Before your trip, learn about the hazards you may encounter and take adequate precautions.
  6. Take a map and a charged mobile phone
  7. If you are going to be out of mobile phone range take an EPIRB
  8. Always tell someone where you are going and what time you are expected to finish
  9. Carry basic first aid including emergency blanket, strong strapping bandage, any personal meds/puffers, blister prevention kit etc
  10. Be prepared for ALL weather and pack a variety of good quality gear
  11. Be prepared to turn back or change your plan if conditions create a harsher than expected climate, or you are feeling unwell
  12. Pack food and water and electrolytes, min 2l of water but this amount will vary considerably according to weather/personal hydration needs/distance/type of terrain/hours spent out on trail
  13. Always carry a head torch and batteries and a whistle – be aware of how many daylight hours you have and always expect to run late
  14. Wear quality gear for the terrain – good gear can save your life! Test out your boots/trekking shoes before you wear them on a big day hike.
  15. Listen to your body – if you are feeling under the weather or some part of you hurts alot, don’t persist, STOP: get the professional help you need to address any injuries/niggles and adjust your training/walk accordingly.
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