Tips for hiking in autumn weather (2014)
Whether you’re on a mushroom search or exploring a new area or trail, the hike can turn serious if you’re not prepared. Every fall, a few adventurers get lost.
Follow these precautions to stay safe:
- Use a map to plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the area in advance.
- Inform someone of where you’re going and when you plan to return.
- Hike with a companion.
- Carry and drink plenty of water.
- Wind and rain storms are common in the fall and winter. Dress in layers, avoid cotton and carry quality rain gear.
- Don’t go hiking if a storm is in the forecast, and turn back in bad weather.
- Carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.
- Also carry with you these essential items: flashlight, matches, first aid kit, whistle, plastic garbage bag and pocket knife.
If you’re looking for mushrooms, consider joining a guided hike. Fort Stevens State Park is hosting two this month: Nov. 10 and 30 at 1 p.m., led by Park Ranger Dane Osis. Information: 503-861-3170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org