Hiking activities is becoming more popular in the country. The increase in the number of those carrying out such activities can clearly be seen, especially during weekends. Even though hiking activities, be it hill climbing or forest trekking are good for the health, but safety aspects should also be given attention.
Hiking activities certainly challenges an individual's mental and physical endurance especially when climbing and coming down steep locations as well as trekking through muddy areas. The satisfaction felt by the climbers when they reach the hill-top to view the beautiful scenery and breathe in fresh air certainly brings about tranquillity.
Despite the enjoyment of climbing hills or trekking through the forest, safety aspects must be prioritised to avoid any unwanted incidences. Climbers should also be responsible in maintaining the cleanliness of the environment. According to Awang Omar bin Haji Jali, Head Rescuer at Bukit Sipatir, most importantly is to bring sufficient water. If possible bring along a whistle and a mobile phone. Do not hike alone, and carry out such activities in a group of more than 2 people. For those just starting out, do not hike at a long distance and carry it out for two or three times a week. Only after being familiar with the route and distance, can an individual try to go further.
Hiking activities is certainly enjoyable, especially since it is good for the health. However, do not let it turn into a tragedy due to the negligence and carelessness of individuals towards the safety aspects including parking vehicles at unsafe locations until it blocks and endangers other road users.