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 Extreme Heat

 

 

 

Introduction to Hiking in Extreme Heat

Having hiked through some of the most extreme heat in the world, I’ve gathered invaluable experience on how to stay safe and enjoy the journey. Living in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and completing the brutally challenging Marathon des Sables, I’ve faced harsh conditions that test both physical and mental endurance.

 

Preparation is Key

Preparation starts long before you hit the trail. It’s essential to acclimatize your body to the heat gradually. Begin with shorter, less intense hikes and increase the difficulty as your body adapts. Always check the weather forecast and avoid hiking during peak heat hours, typically from 11 AM to 3 PM.

 

Stay Hydrated and Nourished

Hydration is crucial when hiking in extreme heat. Carry more water than you think you’ll need and use electrolyte tablets to replace lost salts. Eating light, energy-dense snacks like nuts and dried fruits can provide sustained energy without weighing you down. Remember, dehydration can sneak up on you quickly in hot conditions.

 

Dress Appropriately

Wearing the right clothing can make a significant difference. Opt for lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. A wide-brimmed hat and UV-protection sunglasses can shield you from the harsh sun. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen with high SPF to all exposed skin areas.

 

Listen to Your Body

Your body will give you signals if something is wrong. Symptoms like dizziness, excessive sweating, or a rapid heartbeat can indicate heat exhaustion or heatstroke. If you experience any of these, find shade, hydrate, and rest immediately. It’s better to cut a hike short than to risk serious health issues.

Hiking in extreme heat requires careful planning and respect for the conditions. By following these tips, you can safely explore the beauty of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and other hot climates around the world.

 

 

 

 

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