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How to protect yourself on hiking trails

(CNN)Alarming headlines about missing hikers or worse can trigger panic about trail safety and the risks of exploring remote areas. Whether you’re alone or in a group, it’s wise to tell someone else where you’re going and when you intend to return. Establish a plan for checking in and follow through with it. If your plans change, let your contacts know. Carry trail maps and know how to use them There’s no harm in bringing your phone (except for taking perilous selfies), but it would a mistake to rely on…

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