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#41 Posted : Saturday, June 07, 2014 2:18:37 PM(UTC)
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More cool hikes (some overlap).
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#42 Posted : Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:22:26 PM(UTC)
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Being attacked while on the trail was one concern for the two people whose bodies were recovered within a few days of each other on Mt. Tamalpais in the SF Bay Area. It turns out that their disappearances so close together was just a coincidence and were caused by a alcohol-related fall and hypothermia.
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#43 Posted : Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:34:17 PM(UTC)
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Bad string of luck for some 60 year olds on the JMT (different incidents).

The first incident is a basic fundamental of group hiking - don't leave people behind!

In the second incident, imagine exerting all that time and energy climbing Mt. Whitney (14. 505'), doing the victory pose at the summit for FB or Instagram, and then falling off...!!!Cursing
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#44 Posted : Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:59:46 AM(UTC)
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While training and experience certainly helps, stuff happens and no one is exempt from the risks, including this "trail guru."
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#45 Posted : Monday, June 23, 2014 9:17:49 AM(UTC)
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Sad news and loss to the hiking community...
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#46 Posted : Monday, June 23, 2014 9:23:45 AM(UTC)
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Follow-up to the story of the missing 60 year old hiker on the JMT.
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#47 Posted : Tuesday, July 01, 2014 4:29:28 AM(UTC)
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Another loss in California...
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#48 Posted : Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:35:44 AM(UTC)
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#49 Posted : Wednesday, August 06, 2014 1:34:43 PM(UTC)
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Beware of mountain goats.

Let's not be all too caught up in things that go wrong. Sometimes there are solutions that present themselves before hiking tragedy hits...

The National Parks Service is trying to avoid future entries to this thread forum relating to heat strokes.

And apparently, mountain lions don't like opera. Good to know.
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#50 Posted : Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:19:41 AM(UTC)
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Now, you have to be worried about being killed by a bear in NJ for the first time in 150 years.
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#51 Posted : Friday, September 26, 2014 7:05:01 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Austin Explorer Go to Quoted Post
Let's not be all too caught up in things that go wrong. Sometimes there are solutions that present themselves before hiking tragedy hits...


I totally agree! Hiking has some inherent risks, but so does driving, walking down the street, swimming or any other activity. We shouldn't get paranoid or allow fear to rule the day. I just think we should all be aware of the risks and then take the proper precautionary steps to mitigate them as much as possible. Proper training, acquiring skills, experience and equipment goes a long ways in this regard.

Hey, Robert, in regards to Mountain Goats, I had my own encounter recently on Wheeler Peak in New Mexico. I had to stop my ascent near the top and wait awhile (due to bad weather at the summit). While I was lying on my pack and eating a Clif bar, a family of goats came over the ridge to visit me. They were very "friendly". One of them came right up to my face, only inches away, which was a little freaky. Confused I realized he wanted my Clif bar. I wanted to get him away from me, so I tossed a piece down the hill. Not a good idea... That set into motion a feeding frenzy and 2 goats fought over it, butting heads, clashing horns and all! There I was watching this play out right in front of me like an episode of Animal Planet. Blink One goat eventually prevailed and gulped down the snack. I thought I was out of the woods, but then he raised his head after he finished and looked at me as I was chewing on my Clif bar. It occurred to me that he wanted the rest of my snack and I got a little concerned he was going to ram me for it if he had to! Crying Fearing for my safety, I let him have the rest of it and then started shooing them away and yelling "Go Away! No More!" (as if they understood English, lol). Fortunately, they did move on and I was able to finish the rest of my hike when the weather cleared. In retrospect, I realized I should not have fed the wildlife. I knew better, but when you're scared you make mistakes. Now, I'm a little wiser (hopefully!). Laugh

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#52 Posted : Wednesday, October 01, 2014 3:39:27 PM(UTC)
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And now there's volcanoes to think about.

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#53 Posted : Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:46:32 PM(UTC)
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Necrophobia might keep some off the trails. Dead people are not a common sight on most outdoor outings, but it does happen now and then.
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#54 Posted : Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:07:16 PM(UTC)
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Although bear attacks are rare, sometimes trying to get that photo for your Facebook page isn't the best idea...
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#55 Posted : Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:40:17 AM(UTC)
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Walking on water is totally awesome, but could be inherently dangerous, too.
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#56 Posted : Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:59:54 PM(UTC)
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Now, you have to be worried about being killed by a bear in NJ for the first time in 150 years.


That's not the only place the, the bears are returning to east Texas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmXcHmfdmE0


The department said killing a black could result in a 10,000 dollar fine... OmfgBored The goood thing is Black bears are more a scavenging sort of bear. It's the brown bear thats sort of a hunter....

When i was in Colorado, I was hiking and around an abandon mine up there and saw a brown bear on a ridge, and my friend separated and he said he saw two big grizzly bears and got chased by oneCrying ... Then a couple days later i see a black bear by the back door I ended slamming the back door now I don't look at bears the same...
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#57 Posted : Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:37:17 PM(UTC)
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The fine folks of Tennessee are doing their best to protect trail runners from sprained ankles.
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#58 Posted : Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:18:55 AM(UTC)
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Not so much an issue in Texas, but beware of snow avalanches.
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#59 Posted : Monday, March 23, 2015 4:00:13 PM(UTC)
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Falling into the ocean on a collapsed bluff is a pitfall living in California that I had not thought much about when living in Central Texas.

Collapse

Please pay attention to warning signs, both literal and figurative!

Update: that trail may never reopen.

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#60 Posted : Tuesday, April 14, 2015 2:46:53 PM(UTC)
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Stay on the trail at all times!

Stay on the trail at all times!

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