What to pay attention to when hiking in spring, where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing?

With the arrival of spring, the number of hikers is increasing, and accidents and environmental problems are also increasing. [사진=게티이미지뱅크]
It will be mostly cloudy throughout the country and rain is expected throughout the country except for Seoul and northern Gyeonggi. In the high mountains of Gangwon, there may be snow accumulation, and the cold wind will blow and the daytime temperature will drop significantly. The strong wind will last until the 16th, so dress warmly. The morning minimum temperature was 6-13 degrees Celsius, and the daytime high temperature was 11-21 degrees Celsius.

☞Today’s Health= More and more people are leaving for mountain climbing as the ground that has been frozen during the winter is thawing and flowers are blooming. On weekends, it is crowded with people enjoying the scenery from famous mountains to small villages. However, it is easy to get seriously injured if you leave the mountaineering with a light mind. Mountaineering is an outdoor sport that consumes a lot of physical strength, and there are risks such as hypothermia, joint injuries, and falls. Let’s find out the precautions for healthy mountain climbing.

◆ Before climbing, this is a must!

It wasn’t just the ground that froze during the winter. Our bodies are also in a state of rigidity due to reduced physical activity, and excessive exercise directly leads to injuries. Stretching before climbing is a must, not an option. Rotate your ankles and knees to loosen them gently, and repeat 3 sets of 20 reps of jumping in place to raise your body temperature and send a signal to your body before climbing. If you are not a steady climber, a 2-3 hour round trip course is suitable, so choose a course that suits your physical strength and ability.

It’s getting hotter, and many people go hiking in short sleeves. However, the higher you reach the summit, the cooler the temperature, the cooler you sweat, and the greater your risk of hypothermia. Bring a thin windshield and prepare hot tea to enjoy at the top in a thermos. Drinking at the top of the mountain heats up the body for a while, but avoids it as it interferes with blood circulation, lowers body temperature, and increases the risk of accidents during descent.

They sweat a lot and become dehydrated easily. If you feel muscle pain, numbness in your hands and feet, and nausea, you are already dehydrated. Drink plenty of ionized beverages or salt water while hiking, and eat high-protein snacks during breaks to replenish your energy.

◆ Protect the environment as well as your body

Starting with the Uljin-Samcheok wildfire in March, there have been several large wildfires. This is mostly a problem caused by ‘climbing etiquette’ not being followed. The environmental pollution caused by hikers, such as smoking, illegal dumping of garbage, cooking, and loud music, is at a serious level.

When you take a deep breath in the open mountain, cigarette smoke sometimes stings your nose. Most of the mountain is a ‘non-smoking area’ and smoking is prohibited. In particular, care must be taken as cigarette butts that are thrown away carelessly can lead to a big forest fire. It is not uncommon for a fire to spread while cooking in a no-cooking area in dry weather. Strictly do not use lighters, burners, etc. outside the camping area.

Recently, there has also been a culture of climbing and picking up trash. Following ‘Plogging’, where jogging and picking up trash, environmental protection is in full swing in the mountains. Instead of focusing on the top of the hill, he enjoys the process of climbing and picks up trash. You don’t even need big equipment. It is emerging as a new hobby for the MZ generation, as anyone can participate with a garbage bag and gloves.

By Kim Hye-won, staff reporter [email protected]

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