We're assuming here that each wire on this particular fence is strung 9 inches above the lower wire - and that we want to cross safely.
It is not safe to climb over a barbed wire fence. Neither is safe to climb a fence post. The first carries a high probability of being snagged on barbs and the second carries a high risk of staple/nail/wire failure, resulting in injury to the hiker. Both of these methods will also potentially damage the fence or the post. This leaves two methods for safely crossing the fence - between the wires, or under the bottom wire.
If the wires are loose enough to easily spread apart, then it is possible to safely cross between the wires:
Option #1 - Crossing between the wires:
Using both hands, lift all of your gear over the fence, one piece at a time (backpack, walking stick, etc.), and place or drop gently on the far side. Do this near a fence post so there is no danger of tripping over any of it when crossing.
Then go to the middle point between two fence posts where there is the most slack in the wires. Stand next to the fence, facing down the fenceline (so either your right or left side is nearer to the fence than the other).
Pick a wire that is just above the height of your hip - this is the wire to go under. You don't need to touch this one.
Firmly grasp the wire directly beneath that wire, with both hands, and push down. Don't push hard and don't put your weight onto it - just push it down a few inches to allow room to pass between the wires.
Cross between the wires:
- Moving in a slow, smooth motion (remember, you're already bending
forward to hold the lower wire down), lift the leg nearest to the
fence upward, behind you (heel up, toe down), and gently swing
the entire leg through.
- Immediately lower your upper body (remember - already bent forward) to horizontal and swing through the wires.
- Then follow with the second leg.
Just imagine bending forward and taking a high step to the side (by swinging the leg back and up) with the second leg following in an identical high step.
Remember to move slowly and maintain your balance. If a barb snags your clothing, stop, reverse directions and move back a few inches, lower that portion of your body a little more (or raise, depending on which wire snagged you), and try again.
If the wires are strung too tightly for you to easily spread them sufficiently to fit through, then you cannot safely cross between the wires. Then try option #2 below.
Option #2 - Crawl under the bottom wire.
Follow the fenceline, first one direction, then the other, looking for a low spot beneath the bottom wire. When you find one that you think you can squirm through, then lift your gear over (same as in Option #1 above), return to the depression, get on your belly, and crawl/scoot/squirm (whatever works for you!) under the bottom wire.
If neither option will work for you, then do not cross the fence! Look for a gate - while looking for a gate, keep your eyes open for a spot where Option #1 or Option #2 might work.