Dangers in Unfriendly Weather When Hike to the Appalachian Trail

Published: 15th February 2010
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Hike in bad weather to the Appalachian Trail can be dangerous for hikers. You should know what season out there before goes on hiking.

Cold weather, hail, even snows are common along many parts of the Trail. Winter season like usual often occurs in late spring or early fall in the southern Appalachians, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Whereas in the northern Appalachian, it can snow during any month of the year. You should be aware with the weather effects like hypothermia, lighting, and heat. Therefore, you must anticipate the problems that may be faced.

Hypothermia occurs when wind and rain cold the body, reducing the temperature of it. To avoid this condition you may use synthetic clothing, jacket, and scarf to make your body warm. It also supported with good nutrition, drink enough water, and sleep in sleeping bag. If you use cotton clothing, like blue jeans, it can make your body gets cold if it gets wet. It is better if you use natural wool such as nylon and polyester. It can make your body warmer although it is wet. You should remember, if you use cotton clothing in cold weather, it would make your body colder. And you may have hypothermia attack.

Struck by lightning is seldom happen in Appalachian Trail, but you must avoid an open ridge during a thunderstorm. You can leave the areas and protect yourself in a building or shelter. Avoid from cars, flagpoles, towers, trees and other buildings that are potential to be strucked by lightning.

Heat is one of some conditions that you should aware. In some areas in Appalachian Trail, it may become dry and hot. Such as in the Virginias and the mid-Atlantic, water can be difficult to find. So it is better you prepare water enough to keep your body from dehydration and heat stroke. It is better to use a hat and sunscreen, to protect your skin from the heat.

For more information about weather in Appalachian Trail, you can read in hiking the appalachian trail site.

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