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.  Visit the About Page to read her bio.

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