Hittin' the Trails 4 You

Aug 3, 2012 9:10 AM

"Hittin' the Trails 4 You": Do you have the hiker's checklist?

TUCSON - This morning on News 4 Tucson Today, Meteorologist Jeff Beamish introduced our viewers to the "hiker's checklist".

Yesterday's hiker rescue in Sabino Canyon made for at least the 9th hiking-related incident this year, according to Northwest Fire. Officials stress that making a checklist the night before a hike can prepare you in case of an emergency.

Among the items that should be included on your hiking checklist:

¦Candle, firestarter, matches (waterproof or in sealed tin)
¦Cell phone
¦Clothing (always bring something warm, extra socks and rain gear)
¦First aid kit
¦Food (bring extra)
¦Flashlight or headlamp
¦Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)
¦Hat
¦Insect repellent
¦Map/compass
¦Pocket knife
¦Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
¦Prescription glasses (an extra pair)
¦Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions
¦Radio with batteries
¦Space blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter)
¦Sunglasses
¦Sunscreen
¦Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)
¦Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
¦Water purification tablets
¦Whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device)

In trail closure news, the Coronado National Forest temporarily closed the following trails in the Safford Ranger District due to the Pinnacle and Trap Peak wildfires.

It is prohibited to be on the following trails:

- Round-the-Mountain Trail #302 from the ridgeline between Gibson and Deadman Canyons, west to its intersection with the Pinnacle Trail #327 at the ridgeline between Frye and Ash Creek Canyons.

- The upper one mile of Frye Canyon Trail #36 from 1.8 miles above the Frye Canyon Trailhead at its intersection with the Pinnacle Trail #327 to its end at the Round-the-Mountain Trail #302.

- The upper 1 mile of Deadman Canyon Trail #70 from the old corral to its end at the Round-the-Mountain Trail #302.

The trails will be closed until October 1, 2012 or until the special closure order is rescinded.

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