Safety

Hiking Safety

Learn to use a topographic map, GPS and compass and always carry themTrust your compass. Many people get lost because they don’t believe their compass. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units have become very affordable and can be extremely useful. However, they are only an aid to navigation and must be used along with a compass and map. Knowing your …

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Flash Floods

A flash flood is one that rises and falls rapidly with little or no advance warning. Flash Flooding occurs when the ground becomes saturated with water that has fallen too quickly to be absorbed. Ice jams on rivers can be in a winter or spring thaw, a dam can give way, or heavy rains and thunderstorms can …

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Fire Safety

Do not attempt to use a fire inside your shelter for warmth. Build fires downwind and well away from a flammable shelter. Maintain at least a three-foot clear area, free of leaves, dry grass, pine needles, etc., around the fire. Store extra firewood / tinder at least 6 feet away from the burning fire. Store flammable liquids outside and well away from …

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Climbing Safety

10 Tips for Safe Climbing 1. Always Check Harnesses After you’ve geared up, always check that both the climber’s and belayer’s harness buckles are doubled back. 2. Always Check Knots Before you start climbing, always double check that leader’s tie-in knot (usually a Figure-8 Follow-Through) is tied right and finished with a backup knot. Also …

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Bear Safety

Do not cook or store food in or near your shelter. Hang food and anything with strong odors (toothpaste, bug repellent, soap, etc.) out of the reach of bears, if possible (at least ten feet above the ground and five feet from the tree trunk). Avoid taking odorous foods (they attract bears) and keep food smells off …

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Avalanche Safety

Most victims trigger their own avalanche. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for evidence of sliding, snow sluffs – small slides indicating avalanche danger, avalanche chutes or slides where trees have been torn away, or snow debris at the bottom of a slope indicating previous avalanches. Keep track of the weather. The first 24 hours after …

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