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Bushwalking Tips – Hiking in Hot Weather

 

1. Pick the right trail. Plan ahead. Considerations include: forecast temperature(s), shade, water, altitude, strenuousness of the route, length of route.

2. Start early in the day – perhaps at dawn. Take it easy. Be aware of the hottest times of the day for the area in which you are walking. If you are going to climb, try to arrange your walk so you do that in the coolest part of the day.

3. Cover up. Shield as much of your body as possible from the sun. Wear loose fitting, lightweight, breathable clothing. Protect your eyes. Protect the top of your head. Use sunscreen.

4. Hydrate and stay hydrated. Hiking in hot weather more than doubles the amount of water you need. The Bushwalking Victoria Facebook page includes 7 tips for staying hydrated.

5. Stay salty. Remember to rebalance those electrolytes while so you don't run out of energy.

6. Rest more often. Rest in shade wherever possible to give your sweat time to evaporate and cool your body. Never miss a chance to go swimming.

7. Wear appropriate footwear – shoes/boots that are as light as possible commensurate with the track/pack weight requirements. Carry extra socks so that you can change socks to cool sweaty feet and reduce the risk of blisters.

8. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. At first signs, stop and find some shade and try to cool down ASAP. Start planning how to get off the track and to medical attention. Don't hesitate to call 000 if necessary.

9. Carry DEET-based insect repellent to fight off insects.

 

Sources:
Modern Hiker: 9 Rules for Hiking in Hot Weather
Hiking Dude: Hot Weather Hiking
The Hiking Life: Hiking in the Heat
About: Safe Hiking in Hot Weather

1.       Pick the right trail. Plan ahead. Considerations include: forecast temperature(s), shade, water, altitude, strenuousness of the route, length of route.

2.       Start early in the day – perhaps at dawn.  Take it easy.  Be aware of the hottest times of the day for the area in which you are walking.  If you are going to climb, try to arrange your walk so you do that in the coolest part of the day.  

3.       Cover up. Shield as much of your body as possible from the sun.  Wear loose fitting, lightweight, breathable clothing.  Protect your eyes.  Protect the top of your head.  Use sunscreen.

4.       Hydrate and stay hydrated.  Hiking in hot weather more than doubles the amount of water you need.  The Bushwalking Victoria Facebook page includes 7 tips for staying hydrated.

5.       Stay salty.  Remember to rebalance those electrolytes while so you don’t run out of energy. 

6.       Rest more often.  Rest in shade wherever possible to give your sweat time to evaporate and cool your body.  Never miss a chance to go swimming.

7.       Wear appropriate footwear – shoes/boots that are as light as possible commensurate with the track/pack weight requirements.  Carry extra socks so that you can change socks to cool sweaty feet and reduce the risk of blisters.

8.       Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  At first signs, stop and find some shade and try to cool down ASAP.  Start planning how to get off the track and to medical attention.  Don’t hesitate to call 000 if necessary.

9.       Carry DEET-based insect repellent to fight off insects.

Sources:

http://www.modernhiker.com/2014/09/18/9-rules-for-hiking-in-hot-weather/

http://www.hikingdude.com/hiking-hottemp.php

http://www.thehikinglife.com/skills/hiking-in-the-heat/

http://hiking.about.com/od/Safe-Summer-Hiking/a/Safe-Hiking-In-Hot-Weather.htm

Fire and Emergency Safety Information

The risk of fire in our parks increases with hot and windy weather. Parks may be closed for public safety. Park users are encouraged to check the latest closure conditions at the Parks Victoria website at www.parks.vic.gov.au.

Victoria may also experience other severe weather events. Weather forecasts and warnings can be found at the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility and anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions and remain alert to signs of fire such as smoke or emergency vehicles.

Throughout the summer, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) may declare a total fire ban where fires are likely to spread rapidly or be difficult to control in various districts of Victoria. The CFA website has information on total fire bans across the state.

For warnings and real-time emergency incident information across Victoria, go to www.parks.vic.gov.au and download the new VicEmergency app and set a watch zone for your local area.

Sources of information:

  • Parks Victoria park closures and changes to conditions: www.parks.vic.gov.au
  • VicEmergency website for real-time updates on emergency incidents: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
  • VicEmergency smartphone app
  • VicEmergency hotline: 1800 226 226
  • VicEmergency Facebook and Twitter
  • Total fire ban information: www.cfa.vic.gov.au
  • Emergency broadcasters including ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations and Sky news
  • Heat health alerts: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
  • Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts: www.bom.gov.au/vic

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