Walking routes can take us to most unexpected places, surprise us with the difficulty, sudden cliffs or, yes, just stepping on our own shoe-laces. While that seems funny or morbid reading in the comfort of your home, it really is a serious matter.

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I went all the way up to the tip

For example. I went to a ad hoc hike in San Antonio, Ibiza this week. I thought it was going to be an easy walk but all of a sudden I was on the edge of a cliff, 30 cm from “stepping” over the cliff right to the rocky sea. Nobody knew I had left Ibiza, my pay-as-you go phone card was empty and I have the tendency to take risks. And there were seagulls flying really close to me and I got really scared that they will bite me and I will fall in the water and nobody would know where I went. Luckily none of this happened, as you can see I live to tell the tale :).

I am all in believing that whatever happens, must happen for some reason. Still, I would highly suggest anyone taking a) more difficult route, a sportive, with cliffs, wild animals, possibilities to get lost or b) going abroad, c) going solo on a hike to at least do the following things I mention below.

Seven tips to be prepared and secure on your hike

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Sometimes the road has a sign for walking path. Often not.
Especially when you are not on an official walking trail.

1. Have an identity card with you. Just in case something happens and you will be found. It is easy then to identify you and take care of you.
2. Keep an “ICE” number in your phone – meaning a number that ambulance or passer by will know to call, someone next of kin or best friend or a husband/wife. That means having a “name” ICE” (1, 2, 3) on your phone with a number to the person who knows you. “Pumpkin” or a “Honeybee” might not be enough for paramedics to know that (s)he really is the person to call.
3. Have a full battery on your phone when starting off, also enough money on the card or no limit phone package that you can actually make a call when needed.
4. Let at least one person know where you are planning to go. (Or the world by Facebooking your location).

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Consider yourself warned 🙂 Picture from here

5. Be careful and understand the risks,
6. Be aware where you are going and how to get back, also how long it will take you (so you could get back before it is too dark). If you don’t have a map, pay attention to signs and markings that would help you find the way to your goal and to remember the way back.
7. And last but not least – do a little research about the area and its’ animals, whether they are on a breeding period. Birds and animals might not be dangerous on normal terms, but when they have offspring to protect, they will attack.

PS: This really is the basics. I am not talking about going for a week – long mountain-hike reaching thousands of meters, but a trip to the forest you have never been and that is 200 km from your home, deciding to take a small path leading up to a 100 m mountain with cliffs or something similar. A walk that has a threat of falling on tree roots, off a cliff, slippery terrain, high terrain, unknown forests, unpredictable weather conditions, etc.

Instead of frigthening statistics, I will add a nice quote I found about hiking and facing fear and coping with unpredictability on hikes:

“To reduce the chance of an accident, competent climbers develop a balanced relationship with fear, an awareness of danger, and turn their mental energy into positive means to overcome problems. Both instinct and acquired judgement are developed from experience. One learns about choices, when to push limits, where to avoid stonefall, where to belay, and when to turn back.” “Climbing is never wholly predictable, and from this uncertainty a richness may arise. It is important not to diminish the spirit of climbing and eliminate all risk. To reduce all commitment lessens the spirit and engagement of the adventure.” -Sage advice from the climbing great Fred Beckey, Fred Beckey’s 100 Favorite North American Climbs, quoted from here.

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Let the hiking-angels keep an eye on you and guide your way! Picture: Punta Galera, Ibiza, Spain

This list is probably far from finished – please share your items on the list. Or do you have a story to tell? What saved/helped you get out of a dangerous situation?

Read what walks you can do in Ibiza:

More reading: Tips for walking in Ibiza or elsewhere

* Tips for walking in the hot weather in Ibiza.
* Don’t forget to pack your bag with food that gives you energy.


Walking lifestyle – keeping you fit, mentally and physically

Don’t forget we all need time-off from our daily lives. Walking is the easiest and accessible thing to do that. Go out for a walk, share your thoughts and inspirations with me via e-mail. My aim is to show how easy it is to find little walks, little time-off-chunks in life to keep you mentally and physically fit. Wherever you are.

Liisi Toom

walking clothes by ISCLiisi Toom is a communication executive and lifestyle coach who spent 9 months in Ibiza walking, doing walking tours and blogging about it. She has also done and blogged about walking in Estonia and Norway. She coaches people on finding their lifestyle. If you wish to find and live your lifestyle, e-mail at liisitoom (at) gmail. com or follow her Twitter @liisi.

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When in Ibiza, be sure to enjoy at least one walking route, it is worth it!