Hey you, trail warrior – you think you might know EVERYTHING about hiking in the Adirondacks. But guess what? From the novice, to the experienced trailblazer, it’s never too soon, or too late, to brush up on a few safety tips.
And the best resource, from the bottom of the trail to the top of the mountain, is the New York Department of Conservation.
Each year, DEC)Forest Rangers search for about 200 lost or stranded people. Folks we have reported on this blog.
Many people can avoid this potentially life-threatening situation if they prepare for their trip: Top o’ The List: Bring waterproof matches, fire starter material and a warm jacket. Learn to use a topographic map, GPS and compass
and ALWAYS carry them.
Don’t trust technology -- trust your compass. The DEC says many people get lost because they don’t believe their compass. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units have become almost commonplace.
But they are only an aid to navigation and must be used along with a compass and map. Knowing your GPS coordinates may be of little help if you cannot figure out which way and how far you need to walk to reach safety. Wanna now more? Click right here!