Staying Safe During Monsoon Outings

Written By Parag Kokane on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | 9:43 AM

With the monsoon season in full swing here in Pune, many of us are eager to explore the lush green landscapes, gushing waterfalls, and thrilling trekking trails that come alive during this time. As a nature lover and wildlife enthusiast myself, I understand the appeal of these adventures. But, we all are noticing a concerning increase in accidents during monsoon outings recently, prompting me to share some insights on how we can stay safe while enjoying these beautiful outings.

Monsoon adventures are incredibly popular due to their breathtaking views and adventurous trails. Locations like Raigad Fort and Sinhagad Fort become even more appealing during the rains. The sheer beauty of these places during the monsoon makes them a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers.

Reasons for the Increase in Accidents

Despite their attraction, there has been a big increase in accidents during monsoon treks. Recent videos and reports show people being surprised by heavy rainfall, slipping on dangerous paths, and being swept away by sudden water flows. These incidents are happening more often and are causing concern.

Reasons Behind the Increase in Accidents

  • Overcrowding: Popular trekking spots often become overcrowded during the monsoon. This congestion on narrow paths increases the risk of accidents and makes it harder to manage emergencies effectively.

  • Irresponsible Behavior: Many enthusiasts underestimate the power of natural forces during the monsoon. Risky actions, such as jumping into fast-flowing streams or ignoring safety warnings, often lead to accidents.

  • Inadequate Preparedness: Many trekkers venture into these adventures without proper gear, planning, or knowledge of the terrain. Lack of experience and preparation can turn an enjoyable trek into a life-threatening situation.

  • Slippery and Unstable Paths: Trails that are usually safe become extremely slippery and dangerous during the monsoon. The risk of slipping and falling increases significantly, especially on steep and rocky paths.

  • Extreme Weather Conditions: Sudden and severe weather changes, such as heavy rains and strong winds, can create dangerous situations. Enthusiast can be caught off guard by these rapid changes.
  • Unexpected Water Flow Changes: Some water streams or locations can get flooded in no time, or water flow can increase tenfold in the case of a cloudburst. These rapid changes can create life-threatening situations.

Ensuring Safety During Monsoon Treks

While the thrill of monsoon treks cannot be denied, it is crucial to prioritize safety. Here are some tips to ensure a safe trekking experience during the monsoon:

  • Research and Plan: Understand the terrain and weather conditions before setting out. Choose treks that are known to be safe during the monsoon.

  • Use Proper Gear: Invest in good-quality trekking shoes, rain gear, and other safety equipment. Carry a first aid kit and ensure your mobile phone is fully charged.

  • Avoid Risky Behavior: Do not attempt to cross fast-flowing streams or jump into waterfalls. Always follow the designated paths and avoid shortcuts.

  • Stay Informed: Keep track of weather forecasts and be prepared to cancel or reschedule your trek if the conditions are not favorable.

  • Travel in Groups: It is safer to trek in groups rather than alone. In case of an emergency, help is readily available.

  • Hire Experienced Guides: If you are unfamiliar with the area, consider hiring a local guide who knows the terrain and can navigate the risks.

  • Avoid Crowds: Try to visit less popular spots or go during off-peak times to avoid overcrowding. This will make your trek safer and more enjoyable.

Preparation, caution, and respect for nature are key to a successful nature adventure. Happy exploring!

The increase in extreme weather and sudden water flow changes is due to both natural and human causes. Seasonal changes play a big role, but human activities like cutting down trees and damaging the land also make things worse. When trees are cut down, the soil can't absorb water as well, which leads to faster runoff and more flooding. Additionally, climate change is causing the weather to be more unpredictable and extreme, increasing the risks during monsoon outings.

About Parag Kokane

With my camera and binoculars, I wander through the beautiful landscapes of the Western Ghats, capturing the amazing wildlife and nature around us. On this blog, you'll find exciting wildlife observations, my thoughts on protecting nature, and more. Join me as we explore and help protect the beauty of our world together.


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