Skills Guide: Water Crossings


Crossing Kimsey Creek on the way up to Standing Indian Mountain

Intimidated by water crossings on a hike? Our guide shows you the proper footwear, the advantages of trekking poles, how to scout a crossing, how to prepare to cross, and the crossing itself.


Crossing Kimsey Creek, on the way to Standing Indian Mountain

Water crossings in the Southeast, especially in the mountains, are common. A stream with no bridge or obvious rock-hop crossing can be intimidating to the unprepared hiker. Even the mereĀ thought of getting your feet wet and continuing on in soggy boots seems capable of raising blisters.

Fortunately, most rivers can be easily forded. Our quick guide advises you on how to make a successful river crossing.


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