A friend once narrated a story about one of his most dangerous and adventurous hiking experience. When he was telling his skills, it was like I saw the scenario. The most exciting and thrilling part of his hiking experience was to ford the river.
Fording a river is the most challenging part in our opinion, and most of the hikers agree with us. With their sharing experience and our expertise about fording rivers, we have decked this article for you.
What should you do before fording a river?
Now you have reached near the river. Do you want to dive into it? Then what about your packing’s? Don’t be hurry to ford the river. It may cost you. So, before you ford a stream or a river you should do some critical job to make you and your team safe.
Research the Area First
It is vital to understand the area to make your plan. See through the river banks, water flow, things in the river and so on. You may see the river is clear, no rock and tree parts are being, or you may see the river with all these elements. No matter what you see, check the area from where you should ford the river. Fording the river from the widest and shallow point is smart. So, find the point and mark it.
Examine the Water Current
It is the most important job before you ford the river. To see the river current, put your trekking pole into the water. Watch how hard it is to hold it. If you see it is tough to hold, definitely know the water current is high. If it is comfortable to hold, water current is low.
Now, it’s time to feel it with your foot. It is more important than checking with the trekking pole. Your foot has to endure the current. When you check the current, keep in mind that the water’s various layers move at different speed.
The top water layer moves fast than the lower layer part. The fastest current you will face in the top layers below portion. And the slowest current you will feel next to the bottom layer. So, if you see the difference between the current is very high, don’t ford the river.
Plan How to Ford the River
After you mark the fording point and check the water current, plan to ford the river. Do you want to ford the river alone or with our team? If you’re going to ford alone, then how should you prepare yourself? You want to ford with your team then how should your ford? Do you want to adopt the tripod or group chain/interlock fording? Remember, always make a plan B, it will help you in the disastrous situations. Once you decide, it is time for you to ford the river.
The Vital Rules to Ford the River
There are no bible rules to ford the river. But keep in mind, it is a hard one and sometimes life-threatening. So, when it is time for river fording, you have some dos and don’t dos to follow. Let’s look at that part.
When someone river fords, it is like crossing a desert without any camel or channel. So, when you ford the river, ford it very carefully and follow these essential steps below.
It is more important to follow the don’t dos part. Because if you follow the don’ts part, you may have already finished reading the Dos part.
Well, you have reached at the end. We want you to be safe. So, when you ford the river, ford it carefully. Follow the above instructions which are recommended by expert hikers and sufferers.
Subscribe to our newsletter and stay update!