Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Trail Safety

At this time of year, especially when there are sudden warm periods, it's especially important to be careful around rivers and streams when running on trails.

Ice jams can form causing dam that blocks the water from moving downstream. If the jam becomes unblocked the water level downstream can rise suddenly. That water is also extremely cold so it's not something you want to be caught in.

A few years ago, a friend of mine was walking his dog along a creek when he suddenly heard branches snapping and his feet were getting wet. Within 2 minutes the water level was up to his chest and he was holding onto a bridge and the dog was washed away. Luckily the water receded just as fast and his dog was OK but he says he was lucky not to be washed away.

So please be careful out there and enjoy the warmer weather.

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