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.
By protecting and enhancing the many miles of the Trail, our state has created on outdoor classroom for folks of all ages. Visits to the Trail will encourage conservation and an appreciation for the environment for generations to come.
- Clark Gillespy
Duke Energy South Carolina
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND. The only souvenirs a hiker should come home with are photographs and happy memories. (And maybe an improved fitness level!)