Hiking Accident Prevention: Risky Mistakes That May Cost You Your Life


14 Deadly Fails


  • YOU DIDN’T RESEARCH CURRENT TRAIL CONDITIONS
  • YOU DISREGARDED THE WEATHER REPORT
  • YOU DIDN’T BRING ENOUGH FOOD OR WATER
  • YOU DIDN’T REALIZE THAT HIKING IN EXTREME HEAT CAN KILL YOU
  • YOU’RE NOT AWARE THAT A TRAIL MAP AND COMPASS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

  • YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD MAKE IT THROUGH A BLIZZARD WEARING SWEATPANTS AND SNEAKERS

  • YOU HAVE AN INACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF YOUR OUTDOOR SKILLS AND FITNESS ABILITY
  • YOU RELY ON ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY INSTEAD OF TRAIL SKILLS
  • YOU’RE UNPREPARED FOR GETTING LOST
  • YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT SOLO HIKING IS A LIFE-THREATENING RISK IF YOU BECOME INJURED OR SICK
  • YOU HAVE LITTLE OR NO TRAIL KNOWLEDGE
  • YOU’RE UNPREPARED FOR AN ABRUPT WEATHER CHANGE
  • YOU WENT ON YOUR JOURNEY REGARDLESS OF WARNINGS FROM THE PARK SERVICE
  • YOU IGNORE TRAIL SIGNS THAT ARE THERE TO KEEP YOU SAFE

MORE INFORMATION

Backpacker Magazine 2/14/17 A Dozen Ways To Die: How Do Hikers Meet Their Maker In The Backcountry?, By Steve Howe

The National Park Service 6/14/18 Trails And Hiking – Staying Safe


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  


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