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The One Thing You Should do Before Hiking

In wake of all the recent mountain rescues, the Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue is urging residents to fill out a Hiking Plan sheet to give to loved ones.

Whether you're setting off on a morning hike or planning an overnight camping trip with friends, the Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue team is reminding residents that having a plan can help in case of emergency.

Even if your planned hike is short, a situation could arise where you need help. Just two weekends ago, , including a  and a teen girl who was . Mishaps can happen, even to experienced hikers. The sun might set earlier than you planned, you could accidentally take a wrong turn, or simply wander a little too far into an area that didn't look so steep at first.

The Sheriff's department has provided a Hiking Plan sheet for hikers to give to a trust-worthy person who's staying behind. The sheet includes a space for the names and ages of the hikers in your group, what supplies you have with you, and your intended route. If a situation should arise, a Search and Rescue team may have an easier time finding you.

Download the form by visiting http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_163961.pdf

Mike Leum February 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
THANK YOU for running this story! One of the ways people can help us to help them is to pre-plan their local adventures. Filling out the Hiking Safety Plan and giving it to a family member will allow our search-and-rescue teams to locate someone quickly, and hopefully reunite them with their family. Mike Leum Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Reserve Forces Bureau Reserve Chief, Search and Rescue
Nicole Charky (Editor) February 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Mike, I'm glad you liked it! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Hiking Safety Plan was your brainchild?
Mike Leum February 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
It was a collaborative effort among myself and my SAR staff........
Bruce Weide February 02, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Nice, guys. Good advice! Now how about a good source for finding the best local hikes? That picture looks sublime.
Mike Leum February 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Try this: Trails of the Angles - 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels by John W. Robinson ( Wilderness Press)

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