White Walkers: Hiking on Glaciers

Tips when Hiking Glaciers in AlaskaHiking on glaciers is both thrilling and strenuous. Still, people enjoy doing it for the adrenaline rush, which in itself, counterbalances the risks involved. This unique sport also entices many tourists and thrill seekers.

Don’t get too excited about climbing up, though. You never know what is in those icy mountains. Technology can be useless in the mountains, so be sure to stay safe all the time. Below, BeyondAK.com shares a list of things to prepare before your journey to the towering cold.

Hiking Equipment

The equipment normally used in hiking mountains is not similar to the ones used in hiking glaciers due to the difference in environments.

Layers of clothing are necessary for expeditions like this. The base top, bottoms, and undergarments should be made of either wool or synthetic, not cotton. You need clothes that would insulate heat, especially during cold weather. Cotton would only absorb the wetness. If you get too cold, this could lead to hypothermia, disorientation, and even death on the trail.

The second layer should be made of either nylon or fleece, and the rest of the layers should provide you with proper insulation. More than anything, they should be snow-resistant and thick, but breathable. For shoes, you need mountaineering boots specifically made for ice. The terrain may be slick and wet, so choose properly.

Other hiking equipment includes hiking harnesses, helmets, ice axes, steel crampons, trekking poles, carabiners, and prusiks.

Safety Reminders

Though this may be a fun experience, hazards may not be avoidable at all times, so you should prepare for them. Even if you are hiking in a group, you should always be wary of your own safety.

Checking the weather before you head out is also important. It may change abruptly, so you should be ready for that.

Never hike alone. Go with a group or a partner; it isn’t safe to go trekking by yourself. Also, when you’re with a group, never stray away and stay on the trail.

Save your energy and don’t go too fast; you won’t have enough energy to finish if you do. If accidents occur, make sure someone in the group can perform first aid.

Lastly, don’t pack too much. Bring just enough to sustain yourself on the terrain.

Hiking trips can test people’s survival skills. It’s important to plan early and follow guidelines before the actual event. These trips may be fun, but safety should always be the top priority.

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Jillian Mccluney is a hotel manager in Las Vegas. She has also travelled across Europe and South America.