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Hiking Hazards

I've always wanted to make a big list of stupid ways to die. Things like having a spider drop onto you while driving, causing you to crash your car. Well, I've never made that list (except in my head), so I guess this is the closest thing I'll get to it.

All kidding aside, there are lots of ways to become impaired or even die in the wilderness. Here's a list and discussion of some of them. By the way, Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance by Peter Stark is a great book on the subject of death in the wild.

DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert on any of these topics. This is just a list and some basic suggestions. You can find out more about all these subjects on other web sites, or at your local library. And remember -- you are ultimately responsible for your own safety!


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