Over Heated while Hiking in the Summer Heat
- If you start to get hot, stop or at least slow down. Take a break in a cool shady spot. This includes plopping down in the middle of a creek and taking your shoes off and sticking your feet in the water!
- Hydrate and eat something with a little salt in it like some peanuts, pecans, pistachios, or walnuts and some sugar like M&Ms. Eat tiny amounts of your trail mix rather than eating a huge granola bar which will just sit there in your stomach like a grumpy cinder block.
- If you start to feel dizzy, exhausted, extremely sleepy, or nauseous — you need immediate help — time to ring up the park rangers or your pals. Signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Profuse sweating
- Feelings of tiredness or fatigue
- Weakness in the body
- Muscle cramps
Be Safe and Hike Happy — no one likes a ticked off hiker. 😉
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