Hiking on hot days requires some preparation and planning. Here are the Stetser Suggestions!
1. Good hydration! Make sure that you bring plenty of water. Monadnock State Park Manager Patrick Hummell recently wrote about this topic.
2. Wear a hat! Keep the sun off your head. More on how to dress for a hot hike http://voices.yahoo.com/10-tip
3. Take it slow! Heat exhaustion can happen to the best of us. Read more! http://offgridsurvival.com/hea
4. Rain gear. Pop-up showers are always a threat in the afternoon.
Snacks that donít melt. No fuel, no food, no fun! http://www.bobspixels.com/kaib
5. Sandwiches without meat or mayo. Backpacks get very hot! We donít want you getting sick from your sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a great option.
6. Bring your cell phone in case of an emergency.
7. Hike early in the day! http://hiking.about.com/od/Saf
8. Know when to turn back. People both young and old die from heat exhaustion.
9. Listen to your body, and stop when youíve had enough. http://www.azfamily.com/news/M
Have you hiked much in heat? How did you stay cool?