How to Safely Cross a Stream

cross-a-stream Crossing a stream is fun. While hiking you may have to cross streams very often. Here are some tips on how to do so safely.

Take safety measures. Do not underestimate the power of the water. The serenity of the mountains and nature make you feel that there is nothing life threatening around you. The stream may look calm but it is only once you are in it that you will really feel it’s force. If there is a bridge available do use it. Bridges are usually built in places over water which have under currents. Crossing upstream is safer and crossing a stream early morning is a better idea as the sun is not out yet and the glaciers have not started to melt.

Ropes: If a stream has to be crossed and there is no bridge using ropes is helpful. It is safer than trying to cross without a rope. However ropes do not save your life if the current is very strong.

Foot wear: Carry extra foot wear for crossing streams as there may be sharp items which may pierce your foot.

Unhook your back pack before you begin to cross. If by any chance you fall into the water and cannot remove your back pack the weight of your bag will take you under.

Cross at the narrowest point. It is worth walking along the stream for a while to determine it’s narrowest point. This way you ensure that you are in the water for the least amount of time.

Beware of slippery rocks. While crossing do not very confidently keep your foot on rocks as they have gathered moss and can be very slippery. A slip can be fatal so be careful.

Check the bank on the other side before you start or decide where to cross from. Make sure that the bank on the other side is not very steep or high so that you do not fall back into the stream while trying to climb.


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