It’s Mother’s Day, and if you want do something other than brunch, flowers or candy, you might be considering a hike.
But before you head out, take heed to avoid heat-related illness and make the most of your day.
- Know your (and mom’s) limits and don’t push yourselves beyond your training level.
- Stick to well-marked trails and give uphill hikers the right of way.
- Avoid the hottest part of the day.
- Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Take plenty of water; plan approximately one liter per hour. Drink before you’re thirsty.
- Eat. Food is fuel, pack a picnic or some snacks.
- Wear shirts, pants and a hat that protect from the sun, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Carry a fully charged cell phone.
- Take a basic first aid kit