Hiking doesn’t have to be reserved for the summertime. Taking a stroll through the snowy, wintery trails can be an enjoyable experience too! The scenic snowy treetops and pathways can provide some of the most pleasurable and relaxing outings. Plus, many of the Canadian trail clubs continue their activities year-round. However, a little planning is necessary to ensure you stay safe. Follow these quick tips for avoiding injury and hiking safely this winter.
Never Hike Alone
If you stumble and sprain your ankle, or have a slip and fall on some black ice, it’s important you have someone beside you who can help. If you happen to sustain a nasty concussion, it could quickly turn into a life-threatening situation if you’re out alone. So always hike with another person for your safety.
Be Mindful Of The Time
In the wintertime, there are fewer hours of light in the daytime, so of course, the sun will set much earlier. Make sure that you begin your hiking adventure early enough in the day and always pack enough warm clothes, along with a flashlight so you can see any potential hazards if you’re still out when the sun goes down. Be mindful of the time and remember how quickly the temperature can drop once the sun starts to set.
Follow A Route
Another important factor for avoiding injury and hiking safely this winter is to follow a well-traveled route. This way if you make a wrong turn or hurt yourself there will be a greater chance of someone coming along shortly who can help you out.
Carry A Compass
Snow on the trail may prevent you from being able to see markers or signs. Ensure you have a compass and know how to read it to stay on track. And be careful to avoid any slippery slopes or designated areas that are commonly used for hunting or snowmobile trails.
Pack Emergency Supplies
Even for short hikes, it’s important to pack basic emergency supplies in case of injury or if you get lost. Basic supplies should include extra warm and dry clothing, water, a flashlight, a whistle, a charged cell phone, some snacks, a pocket knife, a lighter, rope, duct tape, a map and first aid supplies.
Dehydration accelerates hypothermia. It can also cause muscles to stiffen up. So it’s important that you stay hydrated throughout your hike by drinking plenty of water.
Learn The Signs Of Hypothermia & Frostbite
Knowing the early signs of hypothermia and frostbite, and how to treat them is very important before you trek out on a winter hike. There are lots of online resources that can provide you with the information you need so that you stay safe on your hike.
Always follow these important steps for avoiding injury and hiking safely this winter. If you have suffered an injury while hiking, or from a snowmobile accident, contact us at Zuber Brioux. You may be eligible for compensation or benefits in relation to your injury. We can provide you with the legal representation and advice you need.