High temperatures don’t stop families from hiking Crowders Mountain

CROWDERS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) — The first heat wave of the season officially began today.

While many are running indoors to cool down, many are also spending time outdoors.

This includes hikers to Mountain Crowders in Gaston County.

From adults to children to pets, they are here to have a good time.

“We decided to go in the morning to beat some of the heat and also try to get past all the crowds,” said hiker Krissy Hess.

Many said they got there early, which is smart because the hottest time of day is usually between noon and 3 p.m.

“We packed lots of water, made sure we all had hats to help our heads, protect our faces from the sun,” said fellow hiker Kayla Brice.

The hike to the top can be deceptively difficult and exhausting.

Gastonia Fire Department Assistant Chief Brady Best said on average they make more than 100 service calls on the mountain a year.

Such calls could include rescues.

“Most of the time, we see individuals who are not preparing for this type of terrain; they don’t have the right shoes, they’re not hydrated,” Best said.

Along with packing clothes and drinking water, he reminded hikers to hike with a partner so they can call 911 in an emergency.

“You get ready, you know you’re going to be hiking, so you bring everything you need and then, you know, pray that nothing goes wrong,” Brice said.

Experts advise you to stay hydrated – drink before you feel thirsty, because when you are thirsty you are already slightly dehydrated.

Dehydration, according to the CDC, contributes to heat exhaustion.

Experts also advise wearing loose clothing and sun-protective clothing like a hat.

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