Winter Recreating

Consider these safety precautions:

  • Driving to your destination presents more hazards than most other times of the year.  With short days, potential icy or snowy roads, and spotty cell phone service throughout the forest, make sure you carry extra supplies in your vehicle at all times.
  • Be wary of other drivers and especially snowplow drivers.  They are moving quickly and may not see you; give them a lot of space.  
  • Hypothermia is especially likely in winter.  Always carry extra layers of clothes - you may need to share them with your friends.
  • Leave your itinerary with friends or family.  This is important not just in winter, but all year long.  It is a lot easier to find you if multiple people have your recreation plan written down.
  • Be aware of your surroundings - use good judgment and if in doubt keep in the mind that the forest will always be here for another day.   

If you are planning to spend any amount of time outside it is best to overpack gear.  Bring extras of everything.   

When packing your gear for the day, take the time to include the 10 essentials:

  • map
  • compass
  • warm clothing
  • extra food and water
  • flashlight or headlamp
  • matches/firestarters
  • first aid kit
  • whistle
  • rain/wind gear
  • pocket knife

And don't forget to visit the hikeSafe website for season-specific considerations for every season.  Be safe and enjoy.