Carry basic safety items such as fire starters, a flashlight, and a whistle, even for a day hike. If worst comes to worst, the warmth of a fire and a hot drink can help prevent hypothermia. Fire is also a great way to signal for help if you get lost. If lost, you’ll also want the whistle as it is more effective than using your voice to call for help (use three short bursts for SOS). And just in case you’re out later than planned, a flashlight/headlamp is a must-have item to see your map and where you’re walking.
I've hiked from Awendaw to Columbia, learned a lot, and met some interesting characters. I've done all the open passages in the Upcountry and hope to do all the remaining sections.
- Anne Springs Close
Founding Director, Palmetto Conservation
STAY ON THE TRAIL. Walk through the mud or puddle and not around it, unless you can do so without going off the trail. Widening a trail by going around puddles, etc. is bad for trail sustainability. Just because it looks easy to cut the corner off of a switchback doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Help preserve the trail by staying on the trail.