Re­lief from the heat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NWA OUTDOORS -

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.

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