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For hikers, staying on trail is biggest safety tip

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 6:37 pm | Updated: 3:05 pm, Thu Jan 24, 2013.

A local high school student continues to recover from a serious fall earlier this week at Pilot Mountain State Park in Surry County, and parks officials and outdoor experts say her accident is a harsh reminder that hiking often requires more than walking.

“Perhaps the safest way to make a trail is to pave it, to put up orange cones and guard rails,” said Matthew Rosefsky, a Charlottesville, Va.-based wilderness guide and wilderness medicine instructor, “but that defeats the purpose of a trail in the wilderness.”

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