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#1 Posted : Sunday, May 05, 2013 7:10:59 PM(UTC)
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We all enjoy the many benefits that hiking in the great outdoors provides, but it's helpful to remember that there are risks, too. Nature is indifferent and must be respected. When we hike in the wilderness, it is not a zoo or a scripted reality show.

Prior planning and preparation can go a long ways in mitigating many of the risks, yet the unexpected can always occur. The intent of this post is not to scare, but to remind people and to educate those with little experience.

Before you hit the trail, be aware and prepared!

Bear Attacks:

http://www.foxnews.com/u...ka-denali-national-park/

http://abcnews.go.com/bl...-up-to-three-in-a-month/

http://abcnews.go.com/US...ordeal/story?id=14152757

http://www.azcentral.com...mpe-man-near-payson.html

Snake Bites:

http://www.sbsun.com/rss/ci_22974130?source=rss

http://deadspin.com/this...m-kit-with-you-482832778

http://www.mydesert.com/.../LIFESTYLES03/304140021/

http://www.abc15.com/dpp...ason-watch-out-on-trails

Tick Bites:

http://www.wset.com/stor...r-a-terrible-tick-season

http://www.nbclosangeles...Mountains-202790161.html

http://www.pomeradonews....98rabbit-fever%e2%80%99/

Hypothermia:

http://www.citizen-times...5/Park-Hiker-froze-death

http://hamptonroads.com/node/673755

Avalanches:

http://news.yahoo.com/tw...A2KJ2UYZAYdRMD8AhcTQtDMD

http://q13fox.com/2013/0...ng-county/#axzz2STDNTisW

Happy Trails!

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#2 Posted : Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:26:58 AM(UTC)
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Don't forget Meth consumption! :-)
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:49:58 AM(UTC)
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And, on road walks, watch out for automobiles.

This is sad. A man walking (while dribbling a soccer ball) from Seattle to Sao Paulo (10,000 miles) to see the 2014 World Cup was hit from behind and killed by an automobile in Lincoln City, Oregon, just 14 days into his trip.

http://sports.yahoo.com/...world-cup-002630224.html
Happy Trails!

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#4 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 8:31:32 PM(UTC)
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Don't forget bee stings!
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#5 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 8:42:08 PM(UTC)
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Happy Trails!

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#6 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:04:32 PM(UTC)
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OK, that last example was a little off-topic since he wasn't a hiker, but a homeless hitchhiker, but this example shows how having fun can quickly turn into an emergency:
http://www.travelchannel...imalayan-hiking-disaster

This example is a little disconcerting. It underscores the importance of acclimating to altitude and how the failure to do so can be fatal, even if you're fit:
http://news.yahoo.com/sl...er-deaths-190344959.html
Happy Trails!

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#7 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:14:18 PM(UTC)
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This one is pretty gruesome and recent. Apparently, a female hiker in France slipped and fell to her death, and then was eaten.
http://www.nydailynews.c...ltures-article-1.1336000
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#8 Posted : Saturday, May 18, 2013 9:07:13 PM(UTC)
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Add to the list spider bites.

Someone I know was recently bitten by a brown recluse spider. Black widow spiders are also a danger.
Happy Trails!

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#9 Posted : Sunday, June 09, 2013 9:42:35 PM(UTC)
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Don't underestimate the heat.
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:59:39 AM(UTC)
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#11 Posted : Friday, June 28, 2013 8:43:29 AM(UTC)
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Here's a morbidly entertaining list of the worst ways to die in the wild. ;)
Happy Trails!

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#12 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:53:15 PM(UTC)
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Add armed horsemen to the list.
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#13 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 7:16:50 AM(UTC)
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This one is weird, and creepy. Be careful of drowning in your car an hour after being rescued on a hiking trail.
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#14 Posted : Monday, August 05, 2013 7:52:08 AM(UTC)
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Now we need to think about undetonated WWII bombs on the trail? It's a wonder that we all don't just stay home!
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#15 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:35:49 PM(UTC)
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Speaking on things potentially blowing up, beware of insane and emotionally unstable spouses.
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#16 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:45:27 PM(UTC)
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Also, beware of falling off narrow mountainous ridges and cliffs. Stories here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Edited by user Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:55:19 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Added more examples.

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#17 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:47:07 PM(UTC)
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Keep your eyes on the trail for those evil tree stumps, too!
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#18 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:48:21 PM(UTC)
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But not for too long... or else you may fail to see falling rocks coming at you!
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#19 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:51:11 PM(UTC)
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Or rocks you can fall off of...
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#20 Posted : Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:52:36 PM(UTC)
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Especially on those unmarked, poorly maintained trails...
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