Hiking Accident Prevention: Seven Risks Of Solo Hiking

Hiking Alone While Sick or Injured May Prove Fatal

RISK #1 ISOLATIONIf 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 EMERGENCYYou 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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Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Posted on May 22, 2021, in Hiking, Hiking Accident Prevention, Hiking Accidents and Fatalities, Hiking Safety and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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