Fall Hiking - Safety Tips And Etiquettes
Nov 05, 2018
Fall is one of the most mesmerizing times of the year to step into the wild and open yourself to new experiences. With fall comes the perfect temperature range for comfortable hiking where you won’t need to bundle too much and you can breathe your easiest through the elevations. Aside from the comfortable hiking conditions, the atmospheric experience alone is otherworldly as you get to gaze into jewel-toned hues dangling from the trees. The leaves will detach with the easiest breeze creating an ever-colorful “snow”. Fog may settle in the most unexpected places creating a cozy and familiar ambiance- And then there are the delicate dew drops that will be on display like rhinestone accents in an ancient crown resting upon mosaic mosses that resemble something belonging to the ocean floor.
As you can vividly imagine in your mind of how enchanting the forest can be in the fall, you can see how important it is to practice proper fall hiking etiquette and safety. Protect the forest and all those who admire it.
Pack and Gear
Be sure to invest in a good pair of hiking boots. A lot of people will opt for tennis shoes, when in fact they’re no better than a pair of sandals in the wild. A good pair of hiking boots will offer sustainable support to the ankle and arch, offer toe protection, keep feet dry and properly insulated, provide weatherproof qualities, and have exceptional tread for trekking over slippery moss, leaves, and rocks. In your backpack, you should include a trail map, a compass, a cell phone with GPS locator turned on, a light jacket or pullover, change of socks, plenty of water, and nonperishable food items that are high in protein. A lot of routine hikers are moving toward investing in a filtration straw, a device that you can insert into any body of water and have proper filtration straight to the mouth. A lot of people are unaware that you shouldn’t drink straight from the springs.
Attention To Detail, Dos & Don'ts
Always pay attention to what's beneath your feet
Never stray from the trail
Always bring sunglasses and wear sunscreen
Never stray from your group
Sip your water every 45 minutes minimum to stay hydrated
Keep your balance
Be courteous with sharing the trail with oncoming hikers
Wait your turn
Take your time- Give yourself breaks
Be mindful and pause on the trail to take pictures in a safe location away from thru traffic
Photo Credit: Jerry and Pat Donaho via flickr
By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.