Safe hiking practices

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Recent events made me rethink my hiking practices. Safety always was a concern for me, but I realized that still not everything was in place. For instance, what would happen if I was hiking on my own and something happened to me? Would others be able to find me quickly enough? So I started looking for tools that specifically address this issue. But that for later, first what are my normal practices.


How to follow the trails on your own

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At the end of 2019 Curaçao Hiking stops organizing guided hikes. Of course there are alternative hiking organizations; see the overview with links on the home page of this site. An alternative is to go hiking yourself or with a group of friends or similar minded people. To facilitate that I provide several options and tools:

  1. A facebook group where you can create an event for your hike so that other members of that group can accompany you on your hike; you need to be an accepted member of that group to use this service
  2. Descriptions of most of the trails that Curaçao has offered; these descriptions can be found on this site in the section Hiking
  3. A map with the track for most of the trails that Curaçao Hiking has offered; this map can be found as a downloadable picture in the description of the hike on this site in the section Hiking or as a downloadable picture in the Files section of the above mentioned facebook group
  4. The track of most of the trails that Curaçao Hiking has offered; these tracks can be found in several places:
    1. Wikiloc 
    2. As a downloadable file in the description of the hikes in the section Hiking on this site
    3. As a downloadable file in the Files section in the above mentioned facebook group
  5. Suggestion for tools to follow the track (see the remainder of this article)

Facebook group created to facilitate hikers

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Under the facebook page of Curaçao Hiking I have created a closed group called Curaçao Hiking Group. The purpose of that group is to create a meeting place for hikers in Curaçao. From comments during my guided hikes I have learnt that a lot of people like hiking but don't want or dare to hike on their own. This group could help these hikers to get company during their intended hikes. By creating an event in the group or by posting their intended hike in the group they can invite other members of the group to attend their hike.

End of offering organized hikes

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At the end of the year 2019 I will stop organizing weekly hikes. No specific reason; I just decided that after 6 years of doing this the moment has come to do something else. I certainly will continue hiking and taking pictures, just no longer as a guide but as a participant or on my own.

I have decided to keep the facebook page of Curaçao Hiking alive and to use that page to further promote hiking in Curaçao.