Survival Skills Every Hiker Must Know

Don’t go out there if you don’t know how to take care of yourself in case of an emergency


Spending time in the wilderness is one of the best ways to cope better with stress, feel happier and have more self-esteem, according to science. But connecting with nature is a challenging journey, which can become deadly if you don’t know how to handle Mother Nature.[slideshow:102620]

Essential skills for survival that people should really master include learning basic knife skills like cutting, chopping and splitting. Learn some basic knots i.e. bowline, clove hitch, slip knot and learn to navigate without a compass. It can break or you can lose it. Know how to read the sun, how to use a sun stick, trees and plants, whose growth and shape is influenced by the sun and wind, to find direction. 

The items in a survival kit don’t change depending on the time you’re going hiking for. The American Hiking Society ‘s guidelines include: appropriate footwear; map and compass/GPS; extra water and a way to purify it; extra food; rain gear and extra clothing; safety items for fire (matches), light, and a whistle; first aid kit; knife or multi-purpose tool; sunscreen and sun glasses; and daypack/backpack.

Knowing a few survival tips in case you find yourself in a dangerous situation is highly recommended before you head out to the mountain. Don’t think “it can’t happen to you.”

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