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Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by yasmin ahmad kamil
Travel with a buddy or in groups
WHETHER a novice or a frequent hiker, we sometimes get complacent when it comes to our personal safety. Failing to take even the simplest of necessary steps can be the difference between an enjoyable hike and a traumatising one. Metro Online Broadcast (mob.com.my) looks at several general safety tips for hikers to follow, in no particular order.
Using the right shoes makes a difference. Instead of constantly slipping on wet rocks, get a pair with a good grip. Additionally, using accessories catered to your personal needs, such as knee support or knee guards if you have knee problems, may enhance your personal safety.
Gauge your level of fitness and choose a trail accordingly — each trail has a different level of difficulty. Some trails will require you to pull yourself up and rock climb, while others have a flat, even ground, making it an easier trail for novices. Do not be tempted to take a difficult trail if your fitness level is not on par — this not only poses a threat to your safety but takes the fun out of hiking for you and your hiking buddies.
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