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Is Hiking Dangerous?

Q. Is hiking dangerous?
A. There are risks, including: falling, heat exhaustion, sunstroke, dehydration, sunburn, equipment failure, unavailable medical assistance for medical emergencies, animals (rattlesnakes, lions, coyotes, longhorn steer, rats, mice, bears), stinging or biting insects, fist sized spiders, poisonous plants, darkness, hunger, weather exposure, sharp rocks, rugged, uneven, and slippery trails, plant overgrowth obscuring the path, plant thorns, rapidly changing conditions, fatigue, tripping, toe stubbing, physical exertion, path blockage, dirt, lack of shade, cliffs, steep paths, no bathrooms, getting lost, blisters, chafing, boredom, no internet or phone, bright sun, water crossings, road crossings, dogs, path closures, fallen trees and branches, fires and smoke, lightning, altitude sickness, hypothermia, twisted ankle, cuts from passing branches, falling rocks or other debris, venturing onto private property or closed trails, and even being attacked by other hikers.

Please don't expect that we have listed everything you need to have with you, and every risk possible. Some, including amounts, vary by location, time of year, time of day, weather, and planned route.

Water: Don't run out. Bring at least 1 liter for every 3 miles, double that on hot days and on hikes you may find difficult and/or exhausting.

By attending an event hosted by this group, you agree to assume all risks listed, and any other risks associated with the event, including incorrect information. You understand that event hosts and event organizers are volunteers, not trained leaders. You agree that you will not hold any of the event hosts or organizers of this group liable or responsible. You are responsible for you, and this also applies to any guests you invite.

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Is Hiking Dangerous? November 4, 2019 3:40 PM Jim
Frequently Asked Questions October 9, 2019 3:44 PM Jim
About Hiking Plus January 11, 2018 7:59 AM Jim

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