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Stay safe while hiking in the heat by following this advice from experts

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With summer here, caution is urged when hiking in hot temperatures. High heat can make any hike risky, even deadly. In California, a couple was rescued after running out of water and becoming dehydrated. Last year, a 14-year-old boy died while hiking in Texas’ Big Bend National Park. In 2021, a couple, their 1-year-old child, and their dog died while hiking in California. Experts believe hyperthermia and dehydration were the cause. Phoenix has instituted a program to close certain trails during excessive heat. To hike safely in the heat, be in good shape, acclimatize to hot weather, bring enough water, hike in the morning, wear light clothing, take a phone, sun umbrella, and buddy, and know when to turn around.