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If you are living alone or just want to get out of the house on your own, hiking is a great way to get a much needed break from your home. Getting out into nature can relieve stress and getting your body moving is always important for your help. It is important to remember that hiking alone does have it’s risks. Here are some ways to prevent accidents and stay safe while hiking alone.

  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you are expecting to be back. If you do get lost or hurt this information can help rescuers find you quickly.
  • If you are new to hiking pick trails that are well known and at the right difficulty level. A new skier doesn’t immediately head to the double black diamond trail. Look up trail reviews to figure out which trail is good for you.
  • Pack enough food and water for your hike. A good rule is to pack one liter water per person for a half a day hike. If it is hot out or you are planning to be gone longer, pack more accordingly.
  • Hike trails that are well traveled and marked, especially if you have never hiked the trail before, to keep you from getting lost.

Remember when hiking solo it is especially important to stay safe. While search and rescue crews are available in times of emergency, right now their jobs are putting them at risk for COVID-19. If you take the necessary precautions you can have a nice day out in nature and everyone can stay safe.

Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Improve your underlying health and get moving with our Rise to 5K program. There is still plenty of time to get running and follow along with the great videos from our program manager, Andrea Malinowski!
  • Age Well VT has resources for older Vermonters to help access food right now.
  • Are your children feeling anxiety right now? Here are some things you should know.
  • WCAX and the Echo Leahy Center have teamed up to provide some at home science experiments!
  • Need a weekend hike? Here are some great options!

Does your organization have local virtual events or resources that you want us to share? Feel free to reach out to us via our Facebook page, or contact us via email at risevt@onecarevt.org.