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Day hiking quiz: Take the test

Lightning storms pose a serious risk to people outdoors within earshot of the thunder. (Shawn Raecke / Idaho Statesman)
Following are questions touching on subjects of importance to hikers. Answers at end.

1.) The least likely places to find public hiking trails are:

  • A. National forests and parks.
  • B. State parks and wildlife areas
  • C. Farms and ranches.
  • D. BLM areas and wildlife refuges.

2.) The safest refuge in a lightning storm is:

    A. Under a tall tree. B. In a car. C. In a boat. D. Under a rock ledge.

3.) For the safety of wildlife and other visitors, hikers should avoid:

  • A. Taking photos of critters.
  • B. Feeding wildlife or leaving food or garbage unattended.
  • C. Skinny dipping.
  • D. Eating chocolate.

4.) A factor known to trigger dangerous wolf encounters is:

  • A. Hiking with unleashed dogs.
  • B. Eating barbecue-flavored potato chips.
  • C. Wearing perfume.
  • D. Building campfires.

5.) When meeting horseback riders on a trail, the hiker should:

  • A. Keep walking.
  • B. Yell and wave arms.
  • C. Step off the downhill side of the trail unless the terrain makes this difficult or dangerous.
  • D. Turn and run away.

6.) The most reliable defense against a grizzly attack is:

  • A. Pepper spray.
  • B. .357 magnum pistol.
  • C. 100 percent DEET repellant.
  • D. Bear spray.

7.) Which of the following is NOT one of the 10 Essentials that should be in every hiker’s pack?

  • A. M & Ms.
  • B. Headlamp.
  • C. Extra clothing.
  • D. Water.

    8.) What should every hiker do before heading out on a trek?

    • A. Check weather forecast
    • B. Check for road and trail conditions.
    • C. Leave a trip itinerary with a friend or family member.
    • D. All of the above.

    ANSWERS: 1-C. 2-B. 3-B. 4-A. 5-C. 6-D. 7-A. 8-D.