I like to hike and I often hike alone. This sobering article is making me start thinking about how to be more safe when I am alone whether hiking or traveling.
Some of my thoughts about safety.....
I try to always carry a whistle when I hike. I feel like I could maybe summon help with it depending on the circumstances.
I try to be very aware of my surroundings and who is nearby. Do they look like they could be a problem? A stranger approached me at the beginning of a hike once and was way too friendly. I did not want him knowing where I was going, so I ducked into the women's bathroom and waited until he was gone.
I bring my trekking poles along because I love them but also because I think they might be a bit useful as a weapon.
I hike on trails where I am not too isolated.
I try to be knowledgeable about where I am going so I don't get lost. And I try to make sure someone knows where I am going.
Any other suggestions?