Although winter weather is returning to the Borderland, weather conditions are still favorable for hiking activities.
The El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the community of safety considerations when hiking.
Check the weather before you leave. Make sure you are properly equipped for the anticipated weather. Pack cold weather gear and dress in layers in the event the weather changes. Consider that nightfall comes early during this time of the year. If conditions are not ideal, don’t take the chance.
It’s safest to hike or camp with at least one companion. If someone gets hurt the other person can call for assistance.
Share your plans with a family member or friend. Include details like the make, year, and license plate of your car, your intended hiking route and when you plan to return. Stay alert to your location and any landmarks that could be used to find you in the event of an emergency.
Keep your cell phone battery fully charged. Searching for a cell signal can quickly drain your phone battery, so consider turning off your phone or switching to airplane mode until you need it.
Pack your essentials. Plenty of water; first aid kit; a whistle; any needed medications; sunscreen; cell phone; candles and matches in a waterproof container; flashlight; sunglasses and a hat for protection from the sun.
Take breaks often. Know your limits and pay attention to how you are feeling when on the trail.
Eat snacks and drink water. Hiking can drain your energy quickly. Dehydration may sneak up on you, even during cooler weather. So, stay hydrated during your hike and ensure that you and any companions have plenty of water. Snack on nutritional foods such as trail mix, nuts, and granola bars to keep your energy high.
Dial 9-1-1 if you need help.