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Central Post Shipping | Hiking and backcountry tips that can increase safety — part 1

SAN LUIS VALLEY – With the arrival of warmer temperatures, the number of people wanting to take advantage of the outdoor activities available in the San Luis Valley, including hiking, boating or other recreational activities in the hinterland, increases.

According to the Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue (ASVAR), it is important to consider all safety aspects before hiking or planning a backcountry adventure.

ASVAR said: “Planning a day or an extended backcountry hike? If so, make sure your preparation includes giving a detailed travel plan to someone you trust. Someone who does not travel. Why is this important? If unexpected events occur and you need search and rescue, trip plans can dramatically reduce response time and provide invaluable information to rescuers. Contrary to popular belief, emergency responders don’t wait ’24 hours’ to start searching for missing people. When you leave a travel plan with an expected return time, SAR teams can respond as soon as it is clear that you have missed your scheduled return and may need assistance. There are several popular hiking sites on the internet where you can download a trip plan template. Get in the habit of filling it up or refreshing it every time you head out into the backcountry. Send it to trusted friends and family and hit the trail with the peace of mind that if anything unexpected should happen, you have essential time-saving information in the hands of people you care about. you can trust.

Be sure to include the following important information in your travel plan – your planned itinerary, who your travel companions are, what activities you will be doing such as hiking, climbing or boating, what is your departure time estimate, what is the estimated time the travel time, the estimated return time, a description of the clothes that will be worn by everyone in your group, a list of the equipment you will have, the type of communication you will you are carrying such as a cell phone, GPS or other communication device, the amount of food and water you are carrying, any medical needs or medication, and finally the make, model, color and license plate of your vehicle. Although these precautions may seem like overkill, this information can shorten the time it takes for search and rescue to locate you if something unexpected happens that could save your life or the life of another.