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Duluth Fire Department, MN DNR: Vital hiking safety tips

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DULUTH, MN– The Duluth Fire Department is reminding people how to stay safe while hiking this summer.

On Sunday, the Duluth Fire Department was called for a missing hiker on the Piedmont Trails Sunday.

The woman was found safe approximately 30 minutes later.

Duluth Fire Department Captain Brian Black said everyone has to have a plan next time they are about head out hiking.

“Know where you are going to go hiking, and about how long you are going to be out,” said Black.

The Minnesota DNR website encourages the following:
Stay on designated roads and trails, or in permitted areas.
Hike with friends. It’s more fun, and you have someone to help you if you need it.
Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person.
Allow for bad weather and the possibility you may be forced to spend a night outdoors unexpectedly.

Black adds having a fully charged phone is also a good tool for when you’re out trail gazing as a means of communication.

And as always, have enough water whenever you go out.

The Minnesota DNR has its full list of “must-haves” and “need to know” for your next trip, here.

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