7 Signs You Are Dehydrated On A Hike

09/24/2009 at 1:33 pm 9 comments

Dehydration can lead to physical and mental impairment.  When hiking, particularly in dry and/or elevated areas, exhibiting symptoms of dehydration mean you are already dehydrated.   Have a seat, and have a drink.

Water Loss

9 Signs You Are Dehydrated On A Hike

1.  Infrequent Or No Urination

2.  Dark Urine – Often With A Strong Odor

3.  You Feel Thirsty or Have A Dry Mouth

4.  You Have A Headache

5.  You Feel Dizzy

6.  You Feel Nauseated

7.  You Are Vomiting Or Suffering From Diarrhea

8.  You Are Rationing Your Water

9.  You Have Reached Your Half-Way Point And Have Less Then Half Your Water Supply Left


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frank  |  10/06/2009 at 9:58 am

    Hey There CactusHugger, you added me on twitter, and though I would come by and check your super hiking website!
    Cool article, only thing that surprised me about the diarrhea part.
    Well thanks for sharing, come take a tour on my website if you ever have a chance CactusH.
    Il have more news of you on Twitter.
    Frank from http://www.travelmastery.com
    Feels good discovering an online Hiking community!

  • 2. Hiking Lady  |  10/09/2009 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your excellent tips CactusHugger! My rule of thumb when hiking is to drink at least a liter before I even hit the trail… then use my Camelbak and sip along the way. The blue water tube from the Camelbak right in front of my face makes it a constant reminder I need to drink.

    • 3. cactushuggers  |  10/16/2009 at 5:26 am

      I agree. I drink so much more when I use a Camelbak. I was thinking of writing a blog about the importance of prehydration…

  • 4. LJpointG  |  10/10/2009 at 9:24 am

    the reason why diarrhea is on the list is b/c it contributes a great deal to fluid loss. someone who is having diarrhea for more than 24 hours in the backcountry is a red flag for not only dehydration but a serious GI problem.


    • 5. cactushuggers  |  10/16/2009 at 5:25 am

      Yes, absolutely.

  • 6. frank  |  10/12/2009 at 3:58 pm

    Il try a tube!

  • 7. Deb Lauman  |  10/15/2009 at 8:57 am

    Hi there, CactusHugger. It’s Ramkitten from Twitter. Great blog! I’ll add you to my blog list on “Deb’s Search & Rescue Stories.” We find lots of dehydrated hikers on our missions–anywhere from mild to serious cases. And there have been several deaths in Grand Canyon this year due to dehydration (and hyperthermia). I think it’s always a good idea to carry more water than you think you’ll need. Yes, it’s weight … but it’s also a life-saver.

    • 8. frank  |  10/15/2009 at 6:54 pm

      I had severe hypothermia and was badly dehydrated when I whent summit to summit hiking the rockies. Had to call 911, got save by a heli 🙂

    • 9. cactushuggers  |  10/16/2009 at 5:27 am

      Thanks, and welcome!


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