When traveling assume that a problem lies ahead and prepare for any eventuality. Every outdoor adventure has its own perils and regardless of your experience some common problems during a hike are worth remembering. 

When descending a hill or steep bank make sure that you are balanced so that you will fall backwards and into a position in which you can slide.  Your fall might disengage loose rocks, earth or snow which you will have to ride downhill.  Be prepared to jettison your backpack when traveling downhill.

Problems you can encounter are:

  • Slippery, slimy and moving stones while crossing a stream
  • Be aware that when crossing a stream on a fallen log, the log might break, move, be slippery or the rotten bark might slip off
  • Moss growth on rocks makes them slippery
  • The earth on, or below, a rock might give way
  • Morning dew can make rocks, logs and grass slippery
  • Morning hoar frost can also bring surprise the same as morning dew

The more prepared you are and the more confidence you have, the more you will be able to ,,,

Remember the Great Outdoors!

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