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When NOT to hike

Standard, May 5, 2016, samlcook, 0 Views 0 Comments
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This may seem slightly strange on a hiking blog, but this post is all about NOT hiking.

You’ve done the research, you’ve made plans, you’re pretty much packed. Then something happens. Is that something enough to change your plans?

Here are my tips for when you should pull the pin (or tweak your plans):

  1. The weather: When we’re hiking (or camping), we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. It can seem like we need to just ‘toughen up’, pack some wet weather gear and get on with it. But in extreme weather (think: thunder, lightening, strong winds or heavy rain), that’s not always the best option. Being on a hiking trail (especially one that you’re not familiar with) can be very dangerous in bad weather. Slips, falls, and falling branches (amongst other things) are all a lot more likely. It’s also not very pleasant. You can tweak your plans by: choosing a trail that you’re familiar with (so you know the best points to turn back if need be), or wait and see if the weather clears up. Or – you can just go another day when the weather is better.
  2. Illness/Injury: Being sick or injured* is also another example of when you might think you should just ‘toughen up and get on with it’. But – as with bad weather – it’s not always a good idea. Always check with your doctor or health care professional (and listen to their advice!), so you don’t end up feeling even worse, injuring yourself further, or delaying your recovery. You can tweak your plans by: going on a shorter trail, or one that’s easier (think: less hills). Or – you can just go another day when you’re feeling better, or have recovered from your injury.

*Long term injuries will need customised management plans, so always seek professional advice.

Have you had to change your plans due to the weather or illness/injury? What did you do instead?


Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker.  She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong.  You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.  If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at

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