Staying safe while hiking in the Black Hills
BLACK HILLS, S.D. — If you’re planning to go hiking somewhere in the vast non-motorized Black Hills National Forest, it’s best to make sure that you’re as safe as possible.
Before hiking, you should remember to tell people where you are going. Don’t rely on your cell phone for directions or alerting someone, and always remember to bring water with you.
It’s also important to know your limits when picking hiking back up after the winter seasons.
“Well I think you know a lot of people coming through the winter, you know may or may not have been very active and if you take off and you go venture off on a hike and you don’t know the distance you are going on a hot day, you can get in trouble real quick, so it’s important to have some water and stay hydrated,” said Scott Jacobson, a Public Affairs Official for the Black Hills National Forest.
Also give yourself enough time to complete your hike. Most scenarios where a hiker is injured or gets lost, happens when the sun goes down and the hiker started late in the day. If you’re with a large group, keep track of everyone whose with you, since most hikers going at varying paces.