Rutherford Outdoor Coalition


Safety in the Great Outdoors

Although not a complete list, the following are a few hiking safety tips and tricks you need to consider before you hit the trail!

Bring a Map

Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.

Always Bring a Compass

Hopefully you won’t ever need to use it, but what happens if the batteries in your GPS are dead?

Stay on Trail

It protects the environment and prevents you from getting lost.

Appropriate Clothing

Weather can change quickly in the mountains. Always tuck rain gear into your backpack and bring along layers of clothes.