If you're planning on going hiking sometime soon, that's terrific - it's a great way to get exercise, push your limits, and connect with the natural world. But like any outdoor activity, it comes with its share of dangers: weather, wild animals, poisonous plants, and so on. So if you want to get into the great outdoors and make it home again, brush up on these 10 hiking safety tips.
For starters, tell people where you're going, and mention when you expect to be back, whether you're alone or in a group. In the event you don't make it back, because you're injured or lost, someone will notice, and search parties can be sent out right away. It really helps if they know where you were headed -- there's a lot of nature out there, and only one you to find.
Neither Aron Rolston, the hiker who cut off his own forearm to free himself from under a rock, nor another hiker who got lost in the same area told anyone where they were headed. See the pattern?