Walking SA’s Chair, Rod Quintrell, was interviewed for a Guardian article about Australians lacking hiking skills.
“It is about confidence to deal with the environment,” Rod Quintrell, chair of Walking South Australia said. “And how do we build confidence? With a little bit of planning.”
“People should respect the outdoors but shouldn’t necessarily be scared.”
“They should also endeavour to know themselves and their fitness and their ability.”
“People will fail to plan, they will go in the wrong footwear, the wrong clothing, with no water, at the wrong time a year, unaware that the track to the waterfall for example is really steep down … They overestimate their ability and underestimate the trail.”
Assess the weather, as well as a trail’s terrain, distance and steepness to ensure its difficulty will not surpass your capabilities.
Read the Guardian article.