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Jul 6, 2017
As vacation times kick in and families head to the mountains, former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder gives a few guidelines to help prevent tragedy on the Wasatch trails. *** Now that the weather has changed here in Utah, individuals are beginning to explore the beauty of the Wasatch Range. With that comes the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful country in the United States. One has to be prepared. Regularly, we see individuals that go into the backcountry very ill-prepared. They start off in what could be called a comfortable day hike, but they neglect to take basic provisions, including sunscreen, water, and food. Often they get into these situations and become a little disoriented because of their dehydration or other effects. Make sure that you notify individuals of your route and your estimated return. That way, IF something should occur, you can notify authorities and we can begin a search to recover you safely. It’s important that when you venture into these mountains, you understand that while they are beautiful, they also pose significant risks. Please: 1. Always hike with other individuals 2. Ensure that you take adequate supplies 3. Including significant amounts of water Also, take care when you are with pets. They, too, need live-saving provisions—given that temperatures can fluctuate greatly. These mountains are to be enjoyed—do so safely!
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