There are literally thousands upon thousands of hiking trails in the world, and many of those trails take hikers along treacherous paths and ravines that can pose a serious risk to the untrained person. Even in just the state of Colorado - one of the world's foremost hiking destinations - there are 42 state parks, 11 national parks, and 13 national forests and grasslands to be explored, meaning that each summer there are countless tourists that take the time to hike a trail or two. If you work in search and rescue, it's important that your gear is tested and up-to-date before the summer hiking season begins.
At Inner Mountain Outfitters, we have several search and rescue gear options, including harnesses, stretchers, and pulleys. When someone takes a wrong step on a trail and falls down a ravine or drop off, getting to them as soon as possible is of the utmost importance. If you work as a park ranger, encourage people to never hike alone and to follow the proper park protocols, such as checking in before camping and carrying emergency contact information with them at all times. Getting them to safety as quickly as possible can sometimes be the difference between life and death.
If you're a hiker that loves to explore the world, make sure you're ready for whatever lies ahead by knowing what kind of trail you will be hiking, and how long it will take you to complete it. Check in with the local ranger station before hiking, and hopefully the park's search and rescue gear will be up-to-date and ready to go the moment it's needed.