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Experts urge caution as two citizens die hiking

23 Sep 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

In separate incidents, two citizens lost their lives while hiking in Dakhliyah on Wednesday, Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) said. 

As per the authority, the first case was reported in Sa’al in the wilayat of Bidbid. PACDA said that its team in Muscat responded to a report that a citizen had fallen while a group of citizens were hiking in Sa’al. 

‘Upon arrival it became clear that he had fallen to his death,’ the authority said.

The second incident occurred in Bahla.

Following the unfortunate incidents, hiking and mountaineering experts have urged people to adhere to proper measures to avoid hazards while hiking.

A hiker should have physical fitness and endurance, said Hamoud al Wahaibi, a hockey coach and a mountaineer.

“They should have had enough sleep before hiking and must be free of chronic diseases.”

He added that the main goal of hiking is to discover beautiful tourist areas and not to compete with other participants. 

“Everyone should start small and choose the right trail according to their fitness level. Once you have selected a trail, obtain a map of the area and read reviews of the place and get proper data.”

Keeping a tab on the weather is also important, Wahaibi said. 

“Leading up to your hike, and again a few hours before, check the weather. This will give you valuable information on how to dress and what to pack. If the forecast for weather is bad, it will give you the chance to change plans.”

Mohammed Alawi, head of Muscat Hiking Team, said a hiker must be prepared physically and psychologically before setting out. 

“If the participant feels tired, they should stop and ask for help from friends,” he said.

PACDA has called on hikers to ensure physical fitness and good health before taking up such activities to avoid risks.

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