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Foggy Trails and How to Navigate Them

Hiking in the fog, you'll find that it's easy to get lost. Sure, fog may be beautiful and mystical in many ways, but it also is an easy way to get hopelessly lost. Hopefully, you won't find yourself in this situation. But, if you do, I can offer you a few tips for how to avoid ending up in a life-threatening situation! First off, you'll be much better off in the fog if you really know your route, so take someone experience in the area with you if you're hiking a potentially foggy area, or make sure to study it well before going. Next, consider this: Is this a true fog (rising from a valley) or a cloud (lowering from above)? If it's a fog, wind or sun will probably break it up fairly soon, so stay calm and be patient. If it's a cloudbank (not just a single cloud that will blow on by) you can try to race it down the mountain (that way, even if it catches you, at least you'll be lower, where it's warmer). Then, if you're stuck in the fog, first follow the procedure for being lost. STOP: Stop where you are. Think to when you knew where you were. Observe your surroundings. Plan your action! - Fog is damp, so make sure you're wearing layers of wicking clothing that dry quickly and retain their insulating value, even when wet. - Follow the trail! While you're going out, if you notice any weird turns, mark them in a way that you could follow if you get turned back by the fog. - Only follow VERY distinctive trail markers! If you only have a slight sense for something being a clear marker, look for something more reliable. - Use GPS. - And lastly, which I find most helpful, establish a home base! Use this base as a way to circle and discover new areas. Walk in a clear circle until you get back to the home base. If you didn't find anything recognizable, try a circle in another direction. This way, even if lost in the fog, you will be able to find your way back to this specific point! The best way to stay safe in the fog is to stop and wait it out! If you can't do this, then take the actions above, but in my experience the best solution is to wait for the fog to lift!
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@treedweller I couldn't agree more. I'm all for people getting out and learning about nature, but do some reasearch and take someone who knows what they're doing with you.
@treedweller Like I"ve mentioned before, if you dont have some understanding of and a huge amount of respect for nature, you shouldn't be out there.
Good tip about understanding what kind of fog it is. A big part of hiking or even just walking is understanding, really understanding, the weather you're going to encounter. If not, you should just stay at home because you're putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
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