Developing a Framework for Safe Hiking Culture Along the Sendero PacíficoPublic
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The Sendero Pacífico is a 60 kilometer long hiking trail extending from Monteverde to the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica. The developing trail has potential to offer hikers unique cultural experiences and economically benefit smaller communities but lacks a culture of safety and preparedness. We worked with the World Trails Network Americas to develop a framework for safer hiking culture. Through observing the trail and interviewing outdoor leadership experts and local trail ambassadors, we identified gaps in emergency planning and communication systems. We improved hiker preparation resources, developed a handbook for guides, and created an infographic to display at hostels along the trail for the purpose of improving emergency prevention and planning by hikers, guides, and hostels.
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