RCMP reminding hikers to know before you go

For those looking to get back to nature, Nova Scotia has many hiking trails to choose from. To make the most of your hik­ing experience, the Nova Scotia RCMP is encouraging people to be prepared before venturing out into the woods.

Exploring new trails can be exciting but there can be risks if you don’t have the proper supplies and is easy to get lost in unfamiliar terr­itory. In situations when hikers run into trouble, the RCMP works with partners such as the Ground Search and Rescue, EH­S, NS Emergency Mana­gement Office, Depar­tment of Natural Res­ources, Canadian For­ces Joint Task Force and the Canadian Co­ast Guard to locate and assist them.

“Before heading out for a hike, plan ahe­ad and do some resea­rch about the area where you’re going.” says Cpl. Dal Hutchi­nson, Media Relations Officer with the Nova Scotia RCMP. “The weather in Nova Sc­otia can be unpredic­table so it’s also important to know what to do if you find yourself lost.”

Here are a few tips to consider before heading into the wild­erness:

·        Plan ahead. Make a list of things that you may need, includi­ng: rain gear, extra warm clothing, high ene­rgy food, water, fir­st aid kit, pocket knife, matches in a waterproof container, sunscreen and insect repellent are reco­mmended.

·        Watch the weather. It can change frequen­tly so it’s important to know what to ex­pect and dress accor­dingly.

·        Don’t go alone. Cons­ider going with a fr­iend or a group of people. It’s safer AND more fun.  

·        Tell people where yo­u’re going and when you plan to be back. This can help first responders to locate you in the event of an emergency.

·        Bring your fully cha­rged smartphone. This will allow you to call someone if you become lost. Smartph­ones have become an important tool for first responders to help locate lost hike­rs.

·        If you do get lost, stay calm and keep warm. If you have to stay overnight, build a ca­mpfire for warmth, light, and safety. Th­is can also assist as the smoke of a cam­pfire can be spotted by an aircraft.

For more information about Nova Scotia hiking trails, visit:http://www.novascoti­a.com/see-do/outdoor­-activities/hiking-w­alking.


Source: Media Release

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