Category Archives: Hiking Accident Prevention

Hiking Accident Prevention: Why Trees Fall On Hikers


S T O R I E S  P A S T  A N D  P R E S E N T


How To Avoid Falling Tree Hazards On The Trail


In late December 2018, a 45 year-old woman was killed by a falling tree, while hiking with her husband and three children in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In 2015 a Pennsylvania man, was killed on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, when wind caused a dead tree to fall.

The health of our forests plays a role in trees dying and falling.  The articles listed below cover this topic.


On an uplifting note, I’ve listed two articles about beneficial aspect of trees and human health. One is a USDA report published in April 2015, and the other is a USDA blog post published in June 2019.  See the last two articles below.


 N E W S  A R T I C L E S

NYPost.com 3/29/21 Parents of Five Killed When Redwood Tree Falls On Their Car In California By Kenneth Garger

OutsideOnline.com  10/9/19  Hikers: Beware Of Falling Trees, By Taylor Gee

WATE.com – Hiker In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Struck And Killed By Falling Tree Due To High Winds, 12/31/18

National Parks Traveler.org Appalachian Trail Hiking Death Prompts Call For Hikers To Be Safety-Minded On The Trail 3/25/15

National Parks Service 8/28/19 Tree Mortality Can Cause Hazardous Conditions

PressHerald.com Pennsylvania Folk Singer Killed By Falling Tree On Appalachian Trail 3/16/15

US Forest Service Hazard Trees

WTA.org (Washington Trails Association) When A Tree Falls In The Woods – Reducing Your Risk From Falling Trees 3/5/18

FS.USDA.gov (USDA Forest Service) Safety In The Woods: Caves, Waterfalls, Hazard Trees, Getting Lost

FS.FED.US USDA Research Review No. 26 April 2015 Trees Improve Human Health and Well-Being In Many Ways

USDA.GOV 6/3/19 – The Power Of One Tree – The Very Air We Breath


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 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Hiking Accident Prevention: Trail Marking Tape Can Save Your Life

A Simple and Inexpensive Way To Prepare For Trail Emergencies

Trail Marking Tape

Coghlan’s Orange Trail Tape. Price: Around $7.50. Sold on Amazon and local sporting goods stores.

No one plans on getting lost, but things happen. Hikers of every level need to be prepared for the unexpected. A roll of this tape is an inexpensive life-saver on wilderness trips.

If you intentionally leave the trail, and don’t want to get lost on the way back, use non-adhesive Trail Marking Tape to indicate your path. On your return, remove the tape, and continue your journey.

Striped Trail Marking Tape

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

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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.

Hiking Accident Prevention: An Emergency Shelter Can Save Your Life

Day Hikers Have Died Preventable Deaths Because They Weren’t Prepared For Getting Lost In Bad Weather

EMERGENCY SURVIVAL TENT

Carry an emergency shelter in your pack for your next day trip. You may not think you’ll ever need it, but your life will depend on it if you get lost, or there’s an unexpected change in the weather. It’s worth the extra weight in your pack.

Emergency survival tents are sold in sporting goods stores, Walmart, REI.com, and Amazon.


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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 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Hiking Accident Prevention: Problems You Can’t Handle

Repeat These Four Words “Better Safe Than Sorry” – Then Turn Around And Head Back


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 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.
To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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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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 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.