As 100° Weather Hits Smith Rock This Week, Take This Hydration Quiz
July 9, 2018
We see it EVERY summer. Scores of hikers heading straight up the Misery Ridge Trail, in full sun, dressed in black, with one small water bottle for 2-3 people. The recipe for a Search and Rescue call. It doesn't need to be this way, but you can avoid becoming a statistic pretty easily. First, let's test your knowledge on hydration. (And don't worry, we made this quiz. No one gets your personal data from it.)
You probably gathered from the quiz what you got wrong and right, but the formula for avoiding dehydration is pretty straightforward. Drink water, frequent sips vs chugging, and throw in some non-sugary sports drink with electrolytes if you're pushing your exertion levels.
A quick way to check if you've got the balance right: weigh yourself before and after that exercise. For every pound lost, drink 16-24 fluid ounces of water, and adjust the amount you drink to get the balance. A good place to start—about 10 fluid ounces about every 20 minutes.
Other ways to keep from getting overheated include:
- wearing reflective clothing
- sun protection
Getting a sunburn can speed up dehydration, so add that hat, sun-protection clothing, and don't skimp on the sunscreen.