Hiking Alone While Sick or Injured May Prove Fatal
RISK #1 ISOLATION – If you’re in pain or badly injured there’s no one to help you.
RISK #2 TECHNOLOGY FAIL – Battery malfunction, or the absence of cell phone signal, increases exposure to weather conditions, while you attempt to get help.
RISK #3 – HELP TAKES TIME – A rescue team may be hours away. In the meanwhile, your injury or illness can get worse.
RISK #4 MEDICAL EMERGENCY – You may find yourself completely immobilized, due to a pre-existing health condition, that requires immediate medical attention.
RISK #5 BLOOD LOSS – You’re unable to care for a wound that causes significant blood loss.
RISK #6 LOSING THE TRAIL – Losing the trail can throw you into a panic. It’s even worse if you’re sick or injured. In this scenario, two heads are better than one.
RISK #7 ACUTE PAIN – You become incapacitated from acute pain, subsequently faint, and then fatally succumb to hypothermia, or heatstroke. Your family will never see you again.
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