Sunday, January 13, 2008

Newnan, Georgia Hiking Club Safety

Newnan, Georgia's Times-Herald newspaper has an article in its 12 January 2008 issue about trail safety, written by Amy Riley and titled "Trail death disturbs local hikers."

Riley spoke with members of the Newnan Hiking Club just after they had hiked Blood Mountain. All were concerned about their safety, and offered their suggestions on how to hike safely. A recurring theme is to hike with someone else, whom you trust. That's hard to do on the Appalachian Trail over long distances, except that thru-hikers often bunch up and at least 'sort of hike together' with one or more people - just not within sight of each other all the time - meeting up at lunch breaks or at shelters.

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