Here at Fethiye Times, we love to bring you articles about the many and varied activities there are to do in Fethiye and surrounding areas.
A few weeks ago, we brought you an article on trekking and climbing. You can click on the link below if you missed it.
Whilst experienced walkers are well-versed in the right equipment for hiking and generally take the necessary precautions to stay safe, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case and local search and rescue teams are called out on a regular basis to “find and rescue” people who are lost, have injured themselves and worse.
Be sensible and stay safe
Hiking can be a most enjoyable experience but without the right gear, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Here’s a list of things to take with you or do to stay safe:
Plan your route and tell someone where you are going. If you decide to make any changes to your route, let someone know. Take a map of the route and a compass for if you stray off the path and lose your bearings.
It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast before you leave as it can change quickly in the winter months. Check sunset time too so you don’t accidentally get caught in the dark.
Make sure you have your mobile phone with you, fully charged and programmed with relevant phone numbers, including Emergency Services 112
If the battery life isn’t great on your phone, invest in a battery pack, charge it and take it with you.
Take a torch! So many people rely upon the torch function of a mobile phone which drains the battery. Headlamps are great as they leave your hands free. LED torches are the best type as they tend to be smaller and a lot brighter.
Make sure you have plenty of water with you. You may have planned stops in cafes along the way but you never know! Take food too, it may be as simple as bread and cheese but make sure you have something with you.
Invest in some light, strong and ergonomically designed walking poles. They are a great help when navigating rough terrain and a must if you have knee problems, especially going downhill.
Wear the correct clothing for the terrain and time of year:
- Thin layers of lightweight, quick-drying clothing. Take a loose shirt to wear in the hotter weather as it is very easy to become painfully sunburned!
- Wide-brimmed sun hat for UV protection
- Good quality, firm-soled walking boots with decent ankle support
- Thin, anti-odour & quick-drying socks.
- Lightweight, waterproof jacket, warm layers, a hat and gloves for walking in cooler seasons. It may be warm and sunny during the day but temperatures drop very quickly when the sun goes down.
Take a lightweight rucksack for carrying essentials:
- Basic First Aid Kit – bite cream, antihistamines, blister plasters, bandage, painkillers
- Any relevant Medicines
- Skin Protection – Insect Repellant, UV protection in small bottles that are easy to carry.
Butterfly Valley (Kelebek Vadısı)
If you are planning a walk around Butterfly Valley in Faralya and decide to clamber down the cliff – DON’T!
There have been a number of injuries and fatalities where people were either climbing up or down the cliffs or standing taking photographs from above and stepping too close to the edge.
Butterfly Valley is only accessible by boat. A taxi boat service runs from Ölüdeniz in the summer months for those who want to explore.
AKUT Search and Rescue Association
Search and Rescue services are regularly called out to incidents that are avoidable if the correct precautions are taken.
AKUT is a voluntary, non-governmental organization involved in searching, assisting and rescuing all who require help in mountain or other nature-related accidents, natural disasters and all other emergency situations.
AKUT is the #1 search and rescue organization in Turkey, with the largest number of highly-trained members and the broadest variety of specialized skills. Not only does it have over 200 permanent members and another 2000 volunteer members, but it also owns state-of-the-art technology that can be mobilized in an instant.
AKUT also runs projects to increase search and rescue competency in Turkish society. The local branches across 32 provinces in Turkey are on call 24/7 ensuring AKUT is always standing by.
We hope you spend many happy hours hiking and exploring this beautiful part of the world.
Enjoy and please stay safe!
This article was first published on 12 February 2019.