Some tips to help you stay safe while hiking

GOREVILLE, Ill. (KFVS) – An avid Heartland hiker is urging people to stay safe while exploring the great outdoors.

His post comes after two people fell in southern Illinois last weekend, and one later died.

According to a Facebook post from the Goreville Fire Department, a woman went to hospital after falling 20 feet at Ferne Clyffe State Park last weekend while hiking.

Union County Coroner Phil Hileman has confirmed that a 55-year-old woman died after falling from Inspiration Point in the LaRue Pine Hills on Saturday afternoon, October 15. He said she had just moved to the area from Arizona.

Shawn Gossman has been posting safety tips and other hiking tips on YouTube and Facebook since 2016.

He said those who go hiking should make sure they have sturdy hiking shoes that can grip the terrain.

Gossman said even with the drier conditions we’re seeing right now, the terrain can still be dangerous.

“One thing about these rocks, and I’m really trying to point out that when they’re wet, they’re like ice, this rock. It’s got moss and all kinds of debris on it that will make it completely like ice. But even when it’s dry, there’s enough dust and debris on the rocks that will make them slippery, so when you go around the edge, be extremely careful and really put safety first,” said said Gossman.

If you plan on hiking, Grossman said to make sure you tell someone exactly where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.

He also suggested staying on designated hiking trails and staying away from the edge of a cliff.

You can find more information at Hike with Shawn here.