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Hiawatha National Forest shares safety tips for hiking

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) — A scenic hike in the Upper Peninsula could potentially be fatal without the proper precautions.

The Hiawatha Forest Service is urging hikers to stay safe after a park visitor was injured while hiking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on July 13. Another hiker was seriously injured after falling off a cliff on Grand Island two weeks later.

“I think the best thing for people to keep in mind is that their safety comes first and you can do that by having situational awareness,” said Chelsea Kallery, national forest public affairs manager. from Hiawatha.

Kallery said the first thing to do is bring in the 10 essentials.

“Navigation, sun protection, light, first aid, fire, shelter, extra food, extra water, extra clothing and a knife,” Kalery said.

It is always important to plan and be prepared before heading out into the wilderness.

“Watching the weather is one of the most important things you can do. Sometimes the weather impacts the landscape after the main event is over, Kalery said.

Kallery said hikers should also let someone know where they’re going and when they’ll be back. They should also be alert while enjoying the time outdoors.

“If you’re hiking and you’re approaching an area that has a lookout, it’s best to stay on the trail or very close,” Kallery said.

Safety on the water and at the lake also goes hand in hand with safety while hiking.

“If you’re going kayaking, make sure you have the right kayak with you for the body of water you’re paddling on. For example, in Lake Superior, we recommend a larger sea kayak,” Kallery said. .

Whether on land or sea, Kallery urges people to recognize their physical ability.

“When you’ve gone far enough you can turn back, some people want to reach the next mile, but if you feel like it’s time to go home, trust your body,” Kallery said.

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