Category Archives: Hiking

Hiking Accident Prevention: Washington Snow Season Hiking Tips

Find out how to plan a safe backcountry trip during snow season, from the Washington Trails Association.

Washington Trails Association Late Fall Hiking Safety Tips”

Pictured: Mt. Rainier located in the Cascade Mountain Range of the Pacific Northwest.

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

Hiking Accident Prevention: Chances of Survival

A photograph of a man falling off a mountain cliff.

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

A Man Falling Off A Mountain Cliff

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

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Why Hiking Preparation Is Important

Video: Officer Adam Cheney New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game “Hikers Not Prepared For Terrain” July 2018

Unprepared Is A Common Theme In Mountain Rescue

Current News Stories 3/18/21 – Deadly Consequences Possible When Hiking Unprepared, By CV Weekly (News Boston) 8/7/21 – 7 Unprepared hikers helped off Mt. Hedgehog in dark, Associated Press

Los Angeles Times 1/13/20 Unprepared hikers rescued from Mt. Baldy area, By Jaclyn Cosgrove 10/26/20 Three rescue missions conducted for unprepared and lost hikers, including two individuals whose clothing froze solid, By Craig Takeuchi (Canada) 11/5/19 Walking a trail: Here’s the top reason unprepared hikers need to be rescued, By Ryan Mercer 10/20/10 Lost, unprepared hiker relies on cell phone for light, falls and hurts knee: Forest Ranger rescues, By David Figura 11/11/20 Blizzard traps unprepared hikers wearing shoes and jeans, Colorado rescuers say, By Brooke Wolford 10/19/20 Five hikers unprepared for weather changes rescued on NH mountain, By Jeffrey Hastings 10/26/20 Unprepared hiker rescued from Hanes Valley, By Jane Seyd (Canada)


Stay Safe In The Backcountry – Learn The 10 Essentials of Hiking

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

Hiking Accident Prevention: The Hazards of Mountain Crevasses

A color photograph of a crevasse at the Mendenhall Glacier in Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Crevasse At Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

A crevasse is an opening in glacial ice. Some crevasses are not obvious, since they’re covered with snow. Falling into a crevasse is a harrowing experience. Some falls may be fatal.

RELATED ARTICLES 8/13/20 Young father who survived horrifying fall into glacier speaks from hospital bed, By Nate Eaton. Video and story. via Wyoming News Exchange 8/22/20 On the Teton Glacier, determined climbers save an Evanston man’s life, By Mike Koshmrl. This is the same story as above. It details the full story of how he fell into a crevasse, his rescue by fellow climbers, the helicopter rescue, and his hospital stay.

National Parks 6/30/20 Missing Climber Died In Crevasse on Mt. Rainier, Will Remain There, By NPT Staff. Hazardous mountain conditions unsafe for recovery team. 10/26/20 Multiple injuries: Woman rushed to trauma centre after 50-foot fall in Burlington, By David Lea. 9/16/19 Climber credits quick thinking, luck after surviving crevasse fall on Mount Rainier, By Keith Eldridge 10/30/20 Body of missing Oregon climber found in crevasse on Mount Hood, By Joshua Rhett Miller 1/9/15 Snowmobiler stuck in freezing ravine wrote goodbye notes to family, By CBS/AP. (This is a related story about a snowmobiler who survived after falling into a ravine).

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

Hiking Accident Case: Esther Dingley, Missing Hiker 2020

Hiking Death Stories Are Unpleasant To Learn About, Especially One Involving A Fit And Healthy Woman In The Prime of Life

The Pyrenees Mountains where missing hiker, Esther Dingley disappeared in Novemger 2020.
The Pyrenees Mountains

In November 2020, Esther Dingley was a 37 year old British woman who went on a 3 day hiking trip alone in the Pyrenees mountains, near the border of France and Spain. When she failed to return, her family reported her missing. She never came back. Her body was found at the bottom of a cliff, by her partner, who carried out an intensive search to find her. The cause of her fall was accidental: the result of wearing worn out boots that caused her to slip and fall off a cliff.


As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, hiking solo is a risk. If you get lost, injured, or sick there is no one there to help you. Electronic devices may not work in remote areas. This leaves you helpless. And even if you contacted help and got through, it may take hours for them to reach you. In that space of time, you’re situation becomes deadly.


Solo Hikers Go Missing On The Trail

Seven Risks Of Solo Hiking

Don’t Hike Alone

Solo Hikers Lost In the North Cascades

Solo Mountain Hiking Is A Risk You Shouldn’t Take