ESSENTIALS TO GOOD HIKING
ideal family experience, hiking the High Country's trails can't
be beat. Inexpensive, enjoyable, educational and physically
rewarding, it also encourages you to appreciate and respect the
TO WEAR AND BRING WHEN HIKING
First and foremost, bring properly fitted and broken-in footwear
to hike in. Sneakers, especially high-top types, work well for
children on short, paved trails free of rocks and tree roots.
Otherwise, when wearing hiking boots, be sure to wear heavy
socks. Boots should be snug enough to prevent rubbing, but not
so tight as to pinch the toes.
A fire-starter candle or chemical fuel
Matches in a waterproof container
A complete first-aid kit with any special medicines for your
A flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
A map and compass
A whistle to be used in emergencies only
a knit hat, extra footwear, a change of underwear and socks
Extra toilet paper, plastic bags to carry out any messes,
and perhaps a shovel or trowel for personal sanitation use
SAFETY ON THE TRAILS
Hypothermia, the lowering of internal body temperatures, is an
even greater threat to small children than to adults. Staying
dry is the best way to prevent hypothermia, since wet clothing
loses about 90 percent of its insulating value. Prevent getting
wet when it starts to rain, but if unavoidable, remove the wet
clothes and replace them with warm, dry ones.
If kids become separated from your group, they should stay where
they are and wait to be found in an open area. Carrying a
whistle is a good idea as their whistles can be blown three
times as a distress signal.
The following items are considered essential for a successful
Boots: Of heavy lug construction, they should fit
comfortably snug with free play for toes and with little or
no slippage on the heel. The boots should be weather proofed
and broken in before hiking.
Socks: Four pairs recommended; two of lightweight nylon and
two of heavy wool. Wear one pair of wool socks over one
lightweight pair. The other two pairs go into your pack in
case you need dry socks.
Pants: Constructed to be loose, warm, comfortable, and quick
drying. For added warmth, wear polypropylene underwear.
Shirts: Light, man-made fiber - such as bunting or nylon
pile - recommended for good insulating quality and quick
Jacket: Mountain style with a hood, wind proofed,
waterproofed, and sized large enough to cover more
insulating clothes worn under it.
Head Covering: Styled to retain body heat or provide shade
as changing weather dictates.
Gloves and Overshell Mittens
Rain Gear: A lightweight poncho, or rain pants and hooded
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