The following is intended to enhance your safety and comfort during your hike with the club.
Please read all of the following carefully before deciding to hike
MEDICAL FITNESS: Are you medically fit to participate in this hiking event?
A visit to your physician is recommended before undertaking this type of new physical activity.
HIKERS INC. HIKE RATING GUIDE: Our hikes are rated as Easy, Moderate, Moderately Challenging, Challenging, Very Challenging and Extremely Challenging.
If you have never hiked or not hiked in the recent past, try an easy hike first, and gradually work your way up.
Starting with a challenging hike may prove to be a very uncomfortable experience and lead to you never venturing again on any trail.
Gym fitness does not necessarily equate to hike fitness.
FOOD AND WATER: Have you enough food and water?
We recommend that you carry at least two quarts of water. You can also bring along energy drink
eg Gatorade or Lucozade.
If the weather is hot or if its is an open trail, you will need even more water.
Drink plenty of water: it helps you stay cool in the humid environment and helps to prevent cramps!
We recommend that you bring sufficient food depending on the length of the hike e.g. fruits, sandwiches, energy bars.
Bring more than you need, just in case!
FOOTWEAR: Have you proper footwear? Your footwear needs to have good grips or traction
We recommend the wearing of hiking shoes on all our hikes. We especially suggest the Merrell or Columbia brand.
The Merrell brand is available at all Kenny’s Stores in Trinidad and at Raymond’s on High Street, San Fernando, Trinidad.
Try them before buying, with the socks you intend to wear during the hike.
Please note that these shoes are multi-functional. You can use them to go to the gym, run the Savannah etc.
Please do not pick up a shoe that you have not worn in a long time to come on a hike. It is liable to lose its sole because unknown to you it has become dry rot. A trek along popular trails like Rio Seco and Paria will attest to this commonly made mistake.)
Here are some tips for buying new boots: While considering size, remember that feet may expand during hiking.
Purchasing a size that is 1/2 greater than what you normally wear may be helpful.
Please no sandals or slippers.
IMPORTANT SAFETY GUIDELINES
1. Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing- t- shirts & long track pants (nylon material) is preferred.
Please no jeans and ankle height socks.
2. Please bring along a comfortable change of clothing and shoes. (Leave in vehicle)
3. Your footwear needs to have good grips on soles. (No sandals or slippers)
4. Pack only what you need for the duration of the hike (drinking water, sandwiches, medication, etc.).
N.B. – Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited.
5. Please stay on the trail. Wandering off on your own could mean getting lost. Inform us if you need to stop.
6 .On approaching an intersection / junction on the trail, one direction/s will be blocked by cut leaves / branches.
Please use the unobstructed trail.
7. Hike leaders have first-aid kits. Please ask if you need assistance.
8. The first and last person in the group/section is always a hike leader.
Please do not walk ahead of the front hike leader in your group. N.B.
9. Preserve our delicate ecosystem. Avoid littering.
10 .Happy Hiking. A positive mental attitude will take you a long way on the trail and in life.
OTHER SAFETY TIPS:
1. Whilst walking try to keep both hands free of items e.g water bottles, cameras etc. when negotiating slippery, uneven trails or crossing streams.
2. Avoid wearing jewelery whilst hiking. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces may become entangled in bushes or branches and this could prove painful.
3. Avoid wearing perfumes and colognes as these may attract the attention of unwanted insects e.g. wasps and not wanted humans.
4. If u must wear short pants please ensure that your socks extend beyond your ankles and cover as much of your leg under the knee. This is for protection from scrapes by bushes or insect bites.
5. Persons who suffer with asthma or any other medical conditions are encouraged to walk with their medication and to inform a hike leader before the hike commences.
6. We also ask that you refrain from smoking since your joy may be someone else’s sorrow and of course bush fire. 🙂
ITEMS YOU MAY BRING ALONG
The following items will enhance your comfort on a hike. Bring any other items you may need.
Keep the weather in mind and use your judgment.
Cap with visor to prevent sunburn and glare on an open trail.
Insect repellent spray
Flash light with batteries
Matches or lighter, kept in a dry bag
First aid kit
Extra t-shirt, pants and socks stored in a dry bag
If you are on medication walk with it e.g. Asthma inhaler
1. If you have any questions about the hike, ask the leader.
2. Listen carefully to the announcements made by the leader prior to and during the hike.
Follow the leader’s advice closely.
3. When hiking, keep track of fellow hikers. Try to know who is ahead of you and behind you.
4. Try and be prepared for all possibilities – expect the unexpected.
5. HAPPY HIKING!