Relief from the heat
Here are some warm weather tips for hikers:
■ Hike early. Trails through forest are mostly in shade, but the cooler morning temperatures are more pleasant.
■ Stick to trails that get some foot traffic. Vegetation may be overgrown on little used trails.
■ Tuck pantlegs into socks to ward off ticks. Use insect repellent.
■ Carry a spray bottle of water and spray your face, arms and legs with mist now and then.
■ Keep it short. Pick trails that won’t keep you out all day.
■ Drink water before you start. On the hike, drink before you get thirsty.
■ Go easy at lunch. You don’t want to be too full with more distance to go.
■ A wet bandana tied around your neck will help cool you.