Hike Smart Tips - Audio Podcasts by PSAR

Ranger Sara poses on a backpack along a small creek.

Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m a PSAR Ranger here at Grand Canyon National Park. Grab your earphones and come on a virtual trail patrol with me. This podcast series allows you to experience a day in the life of a Preventive Search and Rescue Ranger.

We’ll meet up with other hikers and learn about what to expect on the trail, the 10 essentials you should always bring with you (even on a short hike), how to rescue yourself, some tips for hiking with children, and most of all how to HIKE SMART! Dust off your boots and listen to the Hike Smart podcasts, here on the Grand Canyon website, or on the iTunes Hiking Grand Canyon Channel.

This podcast series was produced by Patrick Gamman.


Click on Links for MP3 Downloads and Transcripts

PSAR Ranger talking to hikers.

Hike Smart Podcast 01 (02m:34s) What is Preventative Search & Rescue?
The program was started in 1997 as an effort to reduce the hundreds of heat-related illnesses park visitors were experiencing every summer. PSAR Rangers patrol the main trails, and ask hikers questions about their hiking plans. Listen

A woman hiker holding hiking poles in each hand.

Hike Smart Podcast 02 (07m:09s) The Ten Essentials
Whenever I hike the trails, even if I’m only intending to go a short distance, I always bring the ten essentials. At the Grand Canyon plans can change quickly due to the weather, illness, injury or fatigue. Listen

Hiker on a dusty trail.

Hike Smart Podcast 03 (05m:31s) Heading Down the Trail
You know, it's all about planning... Before we start down the trail, there are a few to consider. First, are you in good physical condition? If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before visiting. Make sure you are healthy enough to hike steep and difficult trails. Listen

Hikers, with full packs, pausing on the trail.

Hike Smart Podcast 04 (04m:42s) Self Rescue Tips
In this podcast we’re going to discuss some self-rescue tips and common problems encountered by hikers on the trail. One of the great things about Grand Canyon hikers is that they tend to look out for each other. Listen

human infant

Hike Smart Podcast 05 (07m:18s) Hiking with Infants & Toddlers
Heading out into the natural environment with children can be a fantastic experience for both parent and child. Children often bring our attention back to the wonder of small things we may miss while taking in the grandeur of the Canyon. Listen...

Five small square photos create a banner across the page. Subjects (from left to right) 3 backpackers, a mule, 5 hikers, 2 are youth, composting toilet building, 5 women runners
With so many of us participating in a wide range of trail activities, it really helps when we are considerate of each other. Click on photos to learn more.
Hike Smart Podcast Directory Button. Left - hiking group on Bright Angel Trail. Right - 1950's hiker.

Last updated: November 14, 2022

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