PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Rick Featherly, Michigan native
, is passionate about raising safety awareness for hikers, promoting a recent article
featured in The Huffington Post that exposes three common mistakes on the trail that can lead to safety issues. As a hiking and health-enthusiast, Rick Featherly, Michigan-born entrepreneur, finds that the beauty and draw of Asheville causes beginners to embark on outdoor adventures without proper preparation.
"I understand why you would want to spontaneously go hiking in this gorgeous place," he said. "But beginners and advanced hikers alike need to take appropriate precautions before they head to the trials." The article first encourages hikers to tell others about their hike: "Explain your destination, the route or runs you are taking, who is with you and your return time. If you do not return as planned, this person can give the accurate information to the police." Rick Featherly, Michigan native and current North Carolina resident, adds that it is important to invest in the right gear.
"Take a flashlight or headlamp with you," he said. "Hikers often underestimate the amount of time it will take them to complete a hike, resulting in dangers where people are stranded due to darkness. Make sure you have brought plenty of supplies with you and not just what you would need for a few hours."
The article urges outdoor-enthusiasts to bring water, and never to downplay the importance of water in body and brain function; especially when under physical stress: "This leads to exhaustion, poor decision-making, falls and collapses." If a hiker gets lost, the report discourages panic: "Maintain a positive mental attitude if you become lost. Being lost is not dangerous if you are prepared. Stay where you are. People who go on after becoming lost usually get further away from the trail and further from people who are looking for them. Help will come."
Rick Featherly adds, "Do not stray downhill, as going downhill can lead to potential threats and natural drainages. These drainages have common distinctions, including thick bushes, steep cliffs and waterfalls." The report advises hikers to use signaling devices should they get lost: "Blowing a whistle, lighting a fire and staying visible will help searchers find you. Help people trying to find you, even if you feel embarrassed or afraid. Remember that animals will not be attracted to your signals."
For individuals who are in danger or lost on a hike, Featherly recommends building or seeking shelter for protection. "Just make sure if you build a shelter to protect yourself from rain or intense heat that you are visible to searchers," he said. Rick Featherly, Michigan native, emphasizes that hiking on breath-taking trails is rewarding with safety preparation.
Rick Featherly, Michigan native
, was born and raised in rural Michigan. He is an avid outdoorsman and the current owner of a brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. Featherly graduated with a business degree and developed a passion for beer and the community in Asheville. He is also dedicated to living an organic, healthy lifestyle. In order to stay fit, he enjoys hiking and becoming more and more active. He is a vegetarian and an activist for vegetarianism and organic living. Featherly has one dog, Rosco, whom he adopted from the local shelter.