Here is a list of friendly tips that we follow to ensure our safety on our ventures with some hiking gear that we use.
- Keep updated with the current and future weather forecast. We know in Hawai’i the weather is very unpredictable.
- Don’t hike on thin ridgelines when there is heavy winds. Gusts of unseen wind coming can knock you off balance.
- Watch for heavy rains. Although beautiful waterfalls will be flowing through heavy rain, a lot of low areas are prone to flash flooding. Fast flowing streams can knock you down during river crossings and can cause serious injury. Apart from waterfalls, even trails. Trails can become very slippery and unsafe for hiking. Best bet, hike a couple days after heavy rains. The waterfall will be still running nicely and the venture there will be a lot safer.
- If you’re planning to hike, always go with a partner and let someone else know where you’re going. Drink plenty of water the night before and always pack extra water and snacks. Don’t forget to have a fully charged battery just in case! Always comes in handy to take a selfie at the top too!
- Plan ahead! Research the trail throughout the week so you know where you’re going. It’s pretty tough to find your way back when you’re deep in the mountain with no phone service.
- Wear the proper hiking attire. Covered shoes, long sleeve shirts, pants, and/or a hat is ideal for hiking. Covered shoes protect your feet (I use New Balance All Terrain shoes which have teeth grip at the bottom of the shoe and works great!) Long sleeve shirts or Under Armour and pants protect your skin from scratches, bugs, and the sun. A hat also will protect you from the sun.
- Know your limits and trust your instincts. “You’re gut feeling tells you what’s right, you’re brain ask if your gut feeling is right or wrong.” Something my Kumu told me in school. There will always be other days to venture. Stay safe!
- Before entering the ocean or planning to go diving, follow up with the local surf report. Download the free app Surf News Network for weekly surf forecast or call (808) 596-SURF. Heavy rains cause run-off's into the ocean that can make the water really dirty. Sharks tend to come closer to shore scavenging for dead fish in the dirty waters.
H I K I N G G E A R
Hydration packs can carry up to 2.5L of water. Pack water bottles if you more is needed.
- Bring a knife. A basic survival asset it can help in many different situations. DO NOT USE AS A WEAPON.
- Mirror. For the ladies, even a make-up mirror from Sephora or Mac would suffice. It case of emergencies, you can use the sun with the mirror to signal for help. It goes both for men and women, we encourage guys to carry it too.
- Gloves. If some trails require advanced rock climbing bring gloves to grip and protect your hands.
- Toilet Paper. When you got to go, you got to go. They sell travel size toilet paper at Longs Drugs.
DRY BAGS AND FIRST AID KIDS
- Dry Bags. Protect your electronics such as keys and phones with dry bags from Walmart. Note: This is not completely waterproof. If submerged for long periods of time, water CAN penetrate. I recommend Life Proof cases to be extremely safe. Also, at Walmart they sell Pelican waterproof containers, work great!
- First Aid Kits. We recently picked up mini first aid kits that are portable enough to fit in our camel backs. Carries a bunch of band-aids and ointment just in case of emergencies.
The Lowerpro backpack is what I mainly use now for hiking. It's a weather proof camera backpack perfect for protecting our Canon EOS 7D camera and has enough slots to store our GoPro's and extra hiking supplies
Hi-Vis safety colors are also great to wear especially in case of emergencies.