Staying safe while hiking during COVID-19 is a whole new concept to all of us.
Nature and the outdoors will be our antidote to the stress of COVID-19 quarantine here are a few tips on how to stay safe while hiking during COVID-19.
Take into consideration where you are, in RSA we are now on level 4 of lockdown and that means that national parks and beaches are still closed and we are not allowed to drive to a place to exercise.
We are only allowed to partake in exercise outside between 6-9 am in the morning within a 5km radius around our residential address.
Hiking during Covid-19 & Staying Safe:
- Choose your route carefully.
- Adhere to social distancing.
- Wear a mask.
If you have ANY symptoms or have been in contact with anyone that has, do not go out.
Choose your Route Carefully:
Crowded places, should be avoided.
Distance, keep it local and close to home, take into consideration if you have a curfew. If you take 10 minutes to complete 1km, a 5km hike should take you less than 2 hours to complete and have enough time to be back on time.
Be flexible, if it is too busy then change the route or the time slot.
Terrain, ideally you want a terrain that inclines so going up hills and going down, perhaps along a river or the sea if you are so lucky.
Hiking Surface is probably going to be pavement if you are on Level 4 lockdown, if not you can probably still do a regular hiking trail.
Adhere to Social Distancing:
Maintain your distance and stay 6ft apart when hiking.
Let a person know if you are going to pass them from behind so that they are not caught off guard.
Don’t be social, don’t shake hands or high five keep your distance.
Do not hike in any groups other than members of your household.
Don’t pet other dogs to keep your distance.
Wear a Mask:
In RSA it is compulsory to wear a cloth mask when going outside, which includes doing any kind of exercise as well.
Don’t touch your face, this can reduce the chance of getting COVID-19.
Bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitizer/soap along for the hike, as you need to clean your hands frequently and especially if you have touched anything.
Avoid using toilets, sitting on benches, and using other facilities.
Don’t share your water, gear, or food.
Practice Leaves No Trace principles, leave only footprints, take your garbage back with you.
Remember COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Please plan your route carefully, adhere to social distancing, and wear your mask.
Hiking as we have established before is a cardio exercise that we can do outside in nature, click to see all the Benefits of hiking in Nature.
So going out and doing that 5km hike will still be fun especially with the sun just peaking through the clouds and breathing in the fresh air.
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Let’s go hiking.