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SNP issues a warning for winter hikers

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Park (SNP) remains closed from Front Royal to Waynesboro due to the past storm and icy conditions.

The SNP has issued a warning and reminder that winter hikers should use extreme caution while exploring the park.

There have already been 3 rescues in this early winter hiking season.

It is important to remember that conditions are much different in the park.

Icy and wet conditions have already caused a compound ankle fracture and a dislocated ankle after a 175-foot fall.

Bumps and bruises have been suffered by others as well.

Hikers need to check weather conditions and be especially cautious around waterfalls and rock outcrops.

Where there are advantages to winter hikes, no bugs, cooler conditions hikers still need to take precautions by packing water, layers and other essentials in case of a mishap.

A list of more essentials are found here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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