by Rebecca Palsha
Friday, May 28, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- If you're heading out of town this Memorial Day weekend for some hiking, authorities have a warning: be prepared for what Mother Nature might have in store.
With a long weekend ahead and even longer trails, it's hard to resist getting out and going up. But before you go, hit the store for some supplies.
"Something like this, it has a hood on it, it's super-light," said Ben Arians at Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, displaying a poncho. "You can wad it up into a ball and you may never use it on your trip if things are going properly, but this is not much of a weight sacrifice to make."
Experts say avoiding problems and knowing your skill level are the keys to staying safe. It means stocking up on supplies, drinking lots of water and being prepared for what could happen.