Many people think "safety" concerns are for nervous Nellies. While you should not even endanger yourself hiking alone (that endangers others, including rescuers), you definitely should not endanger fellow hikers in the Nashville Backpacker Meetup, on the trail or off. Here's a mom who wishes her husband had not chosen to endanger himself and two of their five young children (keep in mind he was an experienced hiker and knew this popular trail and was just out for an afternoon hike in good weather and this happened within hours):
AP News: "January 14, 2013 (ST. LOUIS) -- An Air Force veteran known as an experienced hiker died along with two of his young sons ...."
"Decareaux died at the scene, and the boys were declared dead at a hospital ...."
"Decareaux knew the popular trail, ... but was ill-equipped for temperatures that sank from 60 degrees to the 20s as the day progressed. Heavy rain also began to fall ...."
"They just missed their turn back to the lodge," the sheriff said. "By that time, their light played out. You don't have any ambient light down here because there are no cities or towns. When it's dark you can't see the back of your hand."
The family was staying at a Lodge, and the dad and boys left for an afternoon hike, without the proper Ten Essentials. It cost all three their lives, leaving a grieving wife/mother and three other children.
This could happen to anyone, though I'm sure this dad did not think it could happen to him and his two boys on their afternoon hike.
I know another "hiker" this almost happened to involving a kayak getting swamped by wind and waves on a chilly day on a lake.
Be Safe. Be Prepared. Please.