Summer outdoor activities on public
lands in Southern Nevada are fun; however, extreme heat and blistering sunlight can
make it dangerous. There’s a lot of difficult terrain out here, and there’s
little chance you’ll find any water. A mobile phone doesn’t always have a
signal out here. With no signal the batteries die faster. Heat-related
illness and injury can be a real problem. Heat stress and heatstroke can be deadly. Dehydration is a serious problem that can take you out in a hurry. Water in the
car does you no good on the trail. Rock scrambling can be fun, but loose rocks
and steep cliffs can lead to injury, slips and Falls, and even death. It’s
important you enjoy your public land safely this summer by being prepared.
Know where you’re going and how to get back. Wear proper clothing and footwear
for the environment. Don’t forget to take enough water, which really means 64
ounces; a first aid kits a great idea and don’t forget a snack as well for energy.
Don’t hike alone; bring your friend, or two. Make sure friends and family know where are you going and when you plan to return. ‘Hey mom, yeah I’m at petroglyph
Canyon again. I should be back by 3:00; love you, bye.’ There are three important
things to have a safe summer on public lands. Plan, plan, and plan.