July 19, 2013, Everett, Wash.--Hiking is fun, but inexperienced hikers, especially teens, are most at risk for injury, even death. Teens can enter a digital media contest to help raise awareness about hiking safety and win a backpack filled with the hiking “Ten Essentials.” Youth enter by submitting a link to an entry by Sept. 30 at Washington Trails Association. The entry can be a photo, video, sound clip or animation about teens and hiking safety.
Safe Kids Snohomish County along with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service and Washington Trails Association are sponsoring the contest. Each year, 213,000 young people are treated in Emergency Departments [CDC, 2004-2005] for outdoor recreational injuries. Of those, 51.5 percent were young people between the ages of 10-14 [CDC, 2008]. Learn about hiking safety for youth at “Teens on Trail” on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and at Safe Kids Snohomish County.