Hiking tips

Authorities offer guidance to help hikers stay safe

As summer approaches, people will be heading to the trails and backcountry of Ventura County. Although the backcountry is a beautiful place, it can also become dangerous for those who are unprepared.

The Ventura County Sheriff‘s Office reminds visitors that they can take steps to make travel safer.

Hikers and campers need to know their limits, know where they are going and how long it will take them to get there.

They should have, at a minimum, some form of navigation, sun protection, hydration, lighting, shelter, insulation, first aid, tools, nutrition, and fire.

Having the bare essentials in a backpack could save a life.

The Sheriff’s Office provides a hiking plan that can be completed before any backcountry adventure.

Some of the topics contained in the trip plan are name, starting point, vehicle description, destination, trip duration, and emergency contact information.

Once completed, the hiking plan can be given to a family member or friend and, in the event of an emergency, it is a useful tool for search and rescue members going to searching for lost or injured hikers.

For more information, visit venturasheriff.org/join-our-team/ volunteers/search-rescue.