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Updated: 6/10/2013 12:02 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV If you take hiking; mix in some extreme heat and you have a recipe for disaster. Dangers when you are out in the wilderness multiply when the temperatures rise.

Red Rock Search and Rescue understands the lure of the nature, and the beauty of the rocks and desert landscape. But even the strongest of us is no match for the deadly desert heat. And you don't want to be the one they end up searching for.

Red Rock Canyon is only one of the gems the Las Vegas valley has to offer for hiking enthusiast, but Dana Richardson of Red Rock Search and Rescue says just hold off for now: it's too hot.

“What happens is when you get close to rocks, if you are in a canyon and you're moving along it can be 112 degrees out, and those rocks they can be radiating heat, which can change the temperature anywhere from 15-20 degrees. It can be 130 where you're walking through and that creates heat issues real quick,” Richardson said.

But he knows some people will still try to brave it and if so don't go too far, and bring a cell phone.

“It's in my opinion it's almost impossible to pack enough water for how long you'll be out there whether you'll be a planned trip for one hour or three hours. The recommendation is if it's that hot out, don't go somewhere that is too far away from your car, a water source a cooling source to bring your temperature down,” Richardson said.

Richardson also says one bottle of water is just not going to cut it. But no matter how much you bring stay hydrated and...

“Keep careful track of it, how much water you have, anytime you hit about 40 percent of your water left, turn around and get back to camp or back to your car or wherever you started hiking,” he said.

But again he says just wait until the weather lets down in the fall, because heat and hiking don't mix.



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