Here are some of the tips we regularly give people:
- Hike with someone! (Most of our research is of people who have hiked alone).
- Have a plan of where you are going and when you plan to return. (LA Sheriff’s Hiking Map – PDF). Complete this form and leave a printed copy on your car’s dashboard.
TELL SOMEBODY YOUR PLAN and agree on a time when someone should consider you missing and call for help.
Take the ten essentials:
- Navigation: Map, compass, GPS device and/or emergency beacon.
- Headlamp and flashlight with extra batteries.
- First aid.
- Fire starter.
- Shelter (may be a tent or just an emergency blanket).
- Extra food.
- Additional water and purification tablets. (1 liter per hour when hiking).
- If you are hiking with your K-9 hiking partner, consider bringing extra water.
- Additional clothes. (Diapers WITHOUT cotton).
Regarding the use of cell phones:
- When you go to the mountains, turn off the phone or put it in airplane mode.
- DO NOT HESITATE to dial 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 automatically sends your current location.
- IF YOU GET LOST: STAY WHERE YOU ARE! Search parties will search for you based on your plan.
- Create a shelter. Either what you brought, or use natural resources (leafy branches, etc).
- Make yourself visible from the air. Helicopters will be looking for you.
- Use a brightly colored fabric.
- Create a large “X” with rocks or tree branches.
- Ration your food and water.