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Backpacker Magazine – May 2012

Survive Coastal Dangers

Waves, currents, and tides threaten thousands of miles of American trails (any within a quarter of a mile of a waterway), and hikers can get caught in the barrage. Headland-sculpting, beach-pounding waves can swallow an unwary trekker without so much as a burp. Learn how to recognize, negotiate, and avoid nearshore hazards

by: Sarah Maurer

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Killer Wave (Photo by: Will McPherson)
Killer Wave (Photo by: Will McPherson)
Killer Wave (Photo by: Will McPherson)
Killer Wave (Photo by: Will McPherson)
Tide (Illustration by: Supercorn)
Tide (Illustration by: Supercorn)


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meanolddog
Jun 09, 2012

Having Lived on the West Coast, East Coast and been to Hawaii and a couple of other Ocean faced places the #1 rule is...Never turn your back on the Ocean! #2. Swim with a Buddy #3. Do not attempt a swim in which you are incapable of doing in the first place. #4. Never put yourself between a High Cliff, meaning higher than you can jump and the crashing waves. A rogue wave will pound you to a bloody stump in 10 seconds or less. #5. Only experts should swim out of the view of a Life Guard Tower. #6. Stay off wet, or slippery looking or algae/sea weed rocks. Sneaker will slide as will trail boots because the slime builds up very quickly in the tread and you will be "sking", slipping, sliding, in 10 seconds or less. #7. again, Never turn your back on the ocean!

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