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SARA officials reminding hikers to be prepared

SARA officials reminding hikers to be prepared
Posted at 6:04 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 08:13:25-04

This time of year in Southern Arizona temperatures can quickly approach triple digits, that's why it's important to be prepared.

The Southern Arizona Rescue Association (SARA) say there have been 56 hiker rescues this year.

SARA officials also say alcohol has been a factor in some of the rescues this year and want to remind hikers that alcohol is not only prohibited on some trails, it also causes dehydration.

Here's how you can be prepared:

  • Know your limits
  • Pack adequate supplies such as water, sports drinks, and snacks
  • Bring sun protection and first aid
  • Avoid hiking alone
  • Tell someone where you're going and when you'll return

The dry heat may seem comfortable enough if you're leisurely walking about, but once on a hike, it can become serious. Hiking or other outdoor activities should be limited to early morning hours and be completed no later than 10 a.m. each day.