Avoid Injury On National Mountain Climbing DayAugust 1, 2018 8:05 pm
Today is National Mountain Climbing Day, so whether you’re headed up to the top of East Rock Park in New Haven or want to venture up to Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury, you’ll want to avoid any serious climbing injuries. While it may not seem like hiking in Connecticut is too rigorous, a simple slip up could have you finding your way to a New Haven urgent care center before you know it.
Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself be safe while going out and exploring the “mountains” of Connecticut:
- Wear the right clothing. Your clothes should allow you to move freely.
- Choose the right shoes and make sure they fit appropriately. Your shoes should have good grip, excellent ankle support, and stability.
- Be ready for all types of weather. This time of year a pesky thunderstorm could sneak up on you and make the trail slippery, if you’re not prepared, injuries could strike.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Your eyes should be protected with either a pair of polarized sunglasses or a brimmed hat.
- Pack water. Staying hydrated is one thing that will keep you energized and also healthy while on the trails.
Even though the “mountains” in Connecticut aren’t the steepest or the most dangerous mountains to climb in the area, there are plenty of pitfalls that could have you headed out of the forest with an injury that could be painful and pin a bad ending on an otherwise wonderful day.