Boy Warns Against Hiking In The Heat After His Own Near-Death Experience

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

If you love the great outdoors, it’s tempting to continue running around, biking, and hiking in extreme heat.

Exertion isn’t always advised in such high temperatures, especially in the parts of the country where the heat can be a deadly force.

Many active individuals who still pursue physical activity in these conditions believe that being prepared for the heat will help them avoid injury, even death. These precautions include proper hydration and appropriate clothing, among others. But as several very unfortunate deaths have proven, these aren’t enough. It is simply safer to stay indoors and to take the warnings seriously.

After all, many parks will indicate when it is safe to hike or run, and where — and these signs are meant to protect us!

Joey Azuela is spreading this message to others after his near-death experience. He was lucky to survive his ordeal, as many others didn’t. He went on a hike with his dad, who thought that his son would be fine because he was as hydrated as he was.

But that wasn’t the case.

The boy says that his entire body started to feel hot, and by the time he reached the top of the mountain, he felt dizzy. He also doesn’t remember most of the way back down, finally collapsing upon arriving back at the bottom.

He suffered severe burns from the fall on the pavement and was airlifted to the hospital. He spent the next 10 months recovering from his injuries.

If you plan on hiking in hot weather, it’s important to be aware of the warnings and cautions parks post on their websites, or at their entrances and exits. Pay attention to your body — and if you don’t feel well in the slightest, it means it’s time to take a break!

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