Drink water! I can’t emphasize it enough. As the spring gives way to summer it is important to stay on top of your fluid intake. Especially if you are going to be doing any outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking. It is wise to start to prehydrating the evening prior to your activity in order to prevent any complications from heat exhaustion. The body is pretty proficient at cooling itself under normal conditions, however the summer months in AZ are harsh. Sweat is not always effective enough at keeping body temperatures in a safe range. Many different factors contribute to your bodies ability to regulate it’s temperature. The most important being water availability. Without water on reserve the body cannot produce proper amounts of perspiration. Other factors include age, current health status, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use.
Signs of heat stroke can appear abruptly. Look for signs of high body temps (+102 F), flush and dry skin, headache, dizziness, confusion, and rapid pulse. If symptoms to occur on the trail seek shade immediately and attempt to cool the body by whatever means possible. Cool water on the head, armpits, and wrists will help to bring down temperatures. Try and get indoors and into A/C as soon as possible. If that is not an option then attempt to fan the person with a wet cloth draped over them.
Having the proper knowledge and equipment is key to a safe experience out on the trails this summer. That is where a proper guiding service like Southwest Trekking is key. The expertise that comes with your guide can potentally save someone from doing serious harm to themselves. Safety and teemwork are a great montra out on the trail. We got your back out there so your experience will be all pleasure filled.