There are some cautions to pay attention
to when going night hiking.
In this, we create our disclaimer and
help you understand what problems you may run into when night hiking.
first issue we deal with is trespassing. It is given that most urban
and rural hiking areas are most likely a park of some sort and depending
on where you live it typically is a rule of thumb that these parks open
and dawn and close at dusk. This concept really hinders on the night
hiker as most places you will go hiking, given the time, will be considered
as trespassing and you can receive a fine or ticket for being in here
during the night. We can give you some advice but, do advise you to
be aware of this rule.
Rules of Thumb (noise):
When you are hiking at night it is best to not be
too loud. In this circumstance it is likely that you may cause a disturbance
that will increase local watch over the areas that you hike.
It is best to leave people that you know can not
keep there mouth shut behind.
Since most of these places close earlier than you
are hiking, your best bet is to find an alternative path into the
park or woods, somewhere you can inconspicuously get to the trails
without people seeing what you are doing.
Rules of Thumb: (lights)
Another issue which is discussed in the gear section
is the use of a flashlight. Do not use your flashlight unless you
need to. It will provide a more stealth approach to your hiking and
not give away your position to anyone that might notice your presence.
Bugs and Animals: Another caution is bugs and
Rules of Thumb:
Try to remain covered and don’t bring any open food with you
unless it is sealed up. Most insects and animals are attracted to
scents that will lead them in direct path with you.
While most of the time this is considered to not be a problem, if
your in a woods with larger creatures such as bears, best be conscious
of this occurring.
It is also given, that at night most bugs will come out. Keeping
a move on it is best for you because if you stop for too long in one
place as they will swarm you.
Branches and Twigs: Another caution for you
to consider is since you will be hiking at night, you must protect yourself
from branches and twigs that you might not see while hiking. It is very
easy to forget and run your face right into a branch or other small
sticks that protrude from branches that are very hard to see at night.
Rules of Thumb:
In order to help you, when in doubt keep your arms up in front of
your face and move them from side to side. This technique will save
you many times.
Find a good hiking stick that you can use to both help you hike
as well as allowing you to hold it out in front of you incase you
get into a bushy area.
You can buy a nice bamboo stick from a supermarket which is great
to use, since it is very strong wood.