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Pacific Crest Trail hikers offer advice for those hitting the trails

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Over the last few weeks search and rescue teams across Oregon have been kept busy as many people are taking advantage of the weather and heading out to local hiking trails.

Thursday rescue teams were called to Tunnel Falls in the Gorge to help a man who apparently fell and was injured, two days before that, just a few miles down the trail, a man died at Punchbowl Falls.

The Hood River County Sheriff's office says with the nicer weather they expect to see thousands of people exploring the trails. 

Among those out pounding the dirt, Piotr Kikolski and Patrick McGinty. They're trekking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. 

The two from the Midwest say this is their first trip hiking out West. 

"When we first started we weren't experienced but as you go on you kind of learn things on trail from other people that have done hikes," Kikolski said. 

Through those conversations and miles later they've gained valuable information. 

"Accidents happen anywhere, whether it's on trail or driving to work it is just a matter of paying attention to your surroundings," McGinty said. 

"I know a lot of hikers like to put in music so if you do that, just like be really aware about everything," Kikolski said. 

They say to take plenty of water, a cell phone and a few snacks. They also add to check in with some periodically when you have cell service. 

 The best advice they have is to just pick up your feet and be cautious.

"We've been hiking for 2,100 miles we still trip on rocks everyday, whether you are professional hiker or a day hiker it doesn't matter." McGinty said. 

As they continue on, they say enjoy the adventure and just be safe doing it.

"Have fun, you know," McGinty said. "That's why we are out here, if it wasn't fun we wouldn't be here."

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