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Hiking… responsible!

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The idea of taking a walk in the countryside for pleasure is developed in the 18th-century, and arose because of changing attitudes to the landscape and nature. Dozens of hundreds of people are willing to incorporate hiking (or rambling, a slightly old-fashioned term used in UK & Ireland) activities while on vacations.

There are plenty of people and groups in Greece and abroad (especially abroad since hiking activities are well organized, documented and published) who are considering hiking as a reason to travel. In Greece every -almost- destination has amazing footpaths in incredible landscapes for hikers.

Hiking in Chios is always a good idea!

Chios is an alternative destination off the beaten paths and has a lot to offer to hikers who are willing to unveil Chios nature and incredible flora. Although its footpaths are undergoing classification and certification, you can find a lot of resourses over the internet about hiking in Chios. Ask you hotelier for information and visit the hiker’s friendly hotels webpage for accommodation with exclusive services to hikers.

You hiking experience should be a good experience.

Landscape is amazing, everything is well scheduled ahead and you are ready to take the first step. Since you have decided to travel responsible this year little bit more than last year, take into serious consideration you impact to the environment and follow some very basic Hiking Rules and Trail Etiquette that ensure that your Hiking experience does not damage the natural environment or the experience of fellow hikers. They are all common sense and they take little to no effort to follow. Be a good ambassador of Hiking and take the following guidelines into account:

Before you go Hiking:

  • Even if you are invited to participate in an organized or even guided hike do so at your own risk.
  • Hiking is not a high risk activity, but neither is it completely risk free. Know your own Physical, Mental and Technical Abilities and your Restrictions. Adjust your plans accordingly. In this way, you can prevent problems that might cause personal injuries or injuries to others.
  • Make sure you are well-informed about the trails you will take, the Hiking Terrain Conditions as well as Hiking Weather Conditions.
  • Leaders must have a detailed and up to date Hiking Map with you.
  • Make sure to be well-equipped for your intended hike and Terrain/Weather conditions.
  • Take enough food and drinks for your intended hike.
  • Inform your family of your itinerary and your expected time of return.
  • Be punctual. Trips are scheduled for a definite departure time and it is not fair to make everyone wait.
  • Remember to pay an equal share (i.e. number of passengers, including driver, divided into cost of gas) of the transportation cost to the driver if you carpooling with someone.
  • Do not bring your dog unless the hike specifically states that it is dog-friendly.

While Hiking:

  • Don’t go into a solo act – trail hiking is a group activity. Hike in a Group consisting of at least two fellow hikers. In case of an accident, one person will then be able to stay with the injured while the other goes for help.
  • Do not take shortcuts. Hike only along marked routes.
  • Do not leave the group without notifying the coordinator or sweep. If they think that you are missing they will start a missing person search. If you have to leave the trail for a nature call you must leave your backpack, coat or something on the trail. This lets the sweep know that someone is missing.
  • Keep a safe distance behind the hiker ahead, but stay together as a group. Don’t lag behind or stop without letting the person behind know why. Never lose contact with the person behind you on the trail.
  • Be environmentally aware. Do not damage any flora and fauna that you may encounter.
  • Leave wildflowers and plants for others to enjoy. Alert the person behind you of any changes of direction in the trail and any hazards such as holes, slippery spots, poison ivy, etc.
  • Do not litter. Take all your waste with you and if you should stumble on somebody else’s waste, be the better person and take it with you. Organic material, though decomposable, should be buried or taken with you to avoid animals feeding on it. All you should leave are your footsteps.
  • Do not disturb the environment by shouting or playing loud music. People go back to nature for the peace it can offer.
  • Urinate at a fair distance from the trail and possible water sources. For bigger ‘contributions’, make sure to dig a hole. Use any fuel to burn any toilet paper that you might have used. Extinguish the fire and cover up the hole.

“Leave nothing

but footprints.

Take nothing

but photos.

Kill nothing

but time.

Keep nothing

but memories”.

 

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