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#7: Prepare for worst. Know first-aid and CPR.
#8: Use of food and water. It’s okay to ration food, but don’t ration water. If you are thirsty, drink. Decision making skills drop drastically when you are dehydrated.
#9: Slow down. If you are hiking only for exercise, you’re missing best part. Nature is all around, slow down and pay attention. You’ll be rewarded many times over.
#10: Take a friend along. Like most things in life, sharing your hiking passion with someone you care about is awesome.
There are literally thousands of great places to hike in North America and dozens of quality websites to learn more about sport. Check out our on-line education center or connect with a local hiking club for hikes in your area – but in any case it is up to you and only you to get most out of your hikes.
Use this information and you’ll Get It Right The First Time. Get Outdoors!
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