Preparedness key in hiking safely in the Smokies

Preparedness key in hiking safely in the Smokies

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There have already been 16 lost or injured hikers in the Smokies this year. There have already been 16 lost or injured hikers in the Smokies this year.
"If you're going on a day hike, bring snacks, food, and water," said Molly Schroer with the park. "Be prepared in case of an emergency." "If you're going on a day hike, bring snacks, food, and water," said Molly Schroer with the park. "Be prepared in case of an emergency."
Remember to wear the right shoes and pack food and water for the hike. Remember to wear the right shoes and pack food and water for the hike.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - On Sunday, two California teenagers got stranded for several days in the Santa Ana Mountains. Fortunately for these teens, they were found alive, but severely dehydrated.

So with the Smoky Mountains National Park so close by, what do you need to know before hitting the trails?

"I think the best thing if anyone hiking in the park is come prepared," said park spokesperson Molly Schroer. "Know what trail you're going on and know the skill level you're going on."

Schroer says they have already had 16 cases this year of lost or injured hikers.

She says park rangers are always available to help you plan your trip.

"If you're going on a day hike, bring snacks, food, and water," said Schroer. "Be prepared in case of an emergency."

Another important tip to remember is when you come to the Smokies, you can not rely on your cell phone for help because many times there is no service.

Most of the hikers 6 News spoke with already practice many of these tips.

"Usually we carry water," said hiker Jerry Krammer. "Usually we make sure we have the right kind of shoes."

"We usually only take day hikes," said hiker Jack Blickley. "We are on trails that are probably no more than two or three miles long, where most of the tourists go, so if we were to get injured, there would be somebody coming by."

If you do get lost, it is important to do a couple of things.

"The best thing to do is stay calm, and stay in one place," said Schroer.

Schroer says they will come and find you.    

It is also very important to let someone know that you are going hiking. You need to tell them where you are going, and what time you believe you will be back.

This will help searchers find you more quickly if you do become lost.

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