Hiking Hazards

Hiking Hazards

Every year, hundreds of people across America get injured, lost or have a fatal accident while they are out hiking. Although hiking is fun, you should be aware of natural and man-made hiking hazards so that you know what to expect when you are outdoors in the wilderness.

Here are some hiking hazards that you can encounter while you are out on a hiking trip:

  • One of the hiking hazards that you may face is an encounter with bears. You should know how avoid encountering bears and at the same time it is important for you to know how to deal with a bear if you happen to come across it. There are many survival guides that are available online that can help you with this situation. It is best to read them and be prepared.
  • Other wildlife that can pose hazards while hiking include cougars, elks in rutting season, ticks, mosquitoes. You need to know how to handle each animal and insect while taking steps to prevent any problems.
  • Natural hazards are something you will not have control over. However, you have to do your bit and the first rule is keeping an eye on the weather. If you are on a peak or a ridge and a thunderstorm occurs, it is best to get off or you could be struck by lightening.
  • In almost all hiking trips, you will encounter creeks. Remember, if unexpected rainfall has occurred in the vicinity, the creak can become a torrent in no time. Therefore, find out whether rainfall has occurred in nearby places or the place you intend hiking. If yes, keep a safe distance from the creek to avoid a calamity.
  • Many hikes will take you near, around or over the top of cliffs. Remember, if you are near a cliff, it is best to stay away from the sides of the cliff. You never know when you miss your footing. The last thing you want is lying at the bottom of a cliff with broken bones or worse waiting to be rescued.

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