Safe summer hiking in the region’s wilderness

Survival hints for trekkers and campers
 

 

As summer approaches, the trails and backcountry of Ventura County will become a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

While the backcountry is a beautiful place, it can also become dangerous to those who are not properly prepared for their adventure.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reminds all visitors to the backcountry that there are steps they can take to help make the trip a safer outing.

All hikers and campers should know limitations related to their own abilities, where they are going, and how long it might take to get to there.

Commonly referred to as the “10 Essentials,” every hiker or camper should have at minimum: a form of navigation, sun protection, hydration, illumination, shelter, insulation, first aid, tools, nutrition and fire.

Having the minimum essentials in a backpack could save a life.

To assist hikers with pre-trip planning, the sheriff’s office is providing a “Hiking Plan” document that can be completed prior to any backcountry adventure.

Some of topics contained in the hiking plan include name(s), the starting point, vehicle description, destination, equipment list, length of trip and emergency contact information.

Once completed, the hiking plan can be given to a family member or friend prior to departing on the trip.

In case of emergency, the hiking plan is a useful tool for Search and Rescue members to assist them in locating injured or lost subjects.

For more information, go to venturasheriff.org/join-our-team/ volunteers/search-rescue.

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