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Monday, June 10, 2013

Safe hiking in summer heat


SUMMER HIKING SAFETY
Beautiful. Hot. Deadly.

And so the 2013 summer hiking season begins---one hiker dead near Hoover Dam, a 21-year old dies from the heat at the White Tank Mountains and another was rescued with heat exhaustion in the Castle Dome mountains. And it's only June. These tragic heat-related hiking accidents should remind us that we must take extra precautions when recreating outdoors during summer. It doesn't take long for even the most physically fit hikers to succumb to heatstroke, heat exhaustion or hyponatremia. Now's the time to study up, plan your treks and hit the trail prepared to survive. Heat COULD kill YOU. Have you ever heard a news report in which the victims were not "experienced hikers"? Think on it. 
The national park service has an excellent checklist for summer hiking:
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SUMMER HIKING-HIKE SMART:

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