After multiple heat-related deaths this past Labor Day weekend, hikers are being warned to take extra caution amid ongoing heatwaves.
In the last week alone, one man died hiking Spur Cross in Arizona, another hiker died on a trip through the Grand Canyon, a healthy 32-year-old passed after running out of water on a hike near Phoenix, and five more are known to be suffering from heat-related emergencies.
The increase in heat-related deaths by hikers this past weekend has prompted rangers and fire departments to remind hikers of the risks that come with hiking in the heat. With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, officials in the Grand Canyon have even advised people to avoid hiking the inner canyon between 10 am and 4 pm.
Officials are also making people aware of the warning signs of heat exhaustion. If you’re still planning to hike in these record-breaking temperatures, make sure to drink enough water, rest frequently, and be mindful of any signs of dizziness, headaches, nausea, or cramping while hiking.
Should you experience any of these symptoms, be prepared for what to do with these tips from the CDC.