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    Default Concerns when camping / trekking

    Summer is peaking and most of us are ready to hit the woods, mountains, shores or any surrounding we may like. Camping and trekking is a fantastic way to discover our beautiful nature but it also comes with some a few hazards and difficulties. What is your biggest concern when camping / trekking?

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    Blisters..

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    Ticks. Making sure I have enough water.
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    Making sure I don't decide to say to hell with it and just stay in the woods.
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    Dealing with the wife raising hell when I return!!!


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    Summer carries its own concerns much as winter does. Summer hiking I am concerned about heat stress (hypothermia in winter) and staying hydrated. Its easy to become dehydrated and to lose electrolytes in hot weather.

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    I frequently hike alone in remote areas, so twisting an ankle or getting injured with no one around is a concern. It's one reason I move pretty slowly.
    "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." - S. Sontag

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    Getting to and from the trailhead safely. It's one of the few times I drive, and that scares the hell out of me.
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    Lets see, over the holiday weekend here in the White Mountain area we had one drowning (canoe overturned in minor rapids, no life jacket), several ATV accidents, one requiring helicopter evac, and half a dozen lost or injured hikers. Actually, that's pretty much a typical weekend tally for around here.
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    People: late night parties, drunken yokels out to harass campers, etc.

    Storms: falling trees, lightning.

    Those are the major summer ones. Most other things can be avoided with better planning.

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    Unhappy For me

    Suffering another knee injury that will end my backpacking days forever.

    At age 22, you can tear up your knee, spend a few years recovering, and get back to the adventure by the time you're 30.
    At my age, I'm not sure I have that option.

    Also, I wouldn't want a second round of Lyme Disease, but it would only put me out for a couple months.

    Other than those two, I'm not terribly worried about anything. I wouldn't want to get bit by a rattle-snake, murdered at a shelter, fall off a cliff, or get swept away in a flash-flood; but those are all less likely than getting hit by a drunk driver while going to a trail head.
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    Hunters!
    Out of season, they are still present in the woods and behave as if the world belonged to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo L. View Post
    Hunters!
    Out of season, they are still present in the woods and behave as if the world belonged to them.

    Really? Any hunter(s) I've ever encountered were very polite and respectful. I'm sure there are always exceptions but that's my experience anyway.

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    no concerns

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    To expand a little:
    This is Austria, not the US!
    Here, most forest and wildernes (if there is any at all) belongs to the state, who is eager to earn as much money as possible. So, hunting is licensed and hunters (rich ones) can rent an area for their private pleasure.
    The whole forest and wildernes is rented out this way.
    Understandable, a rich guy having paid a huge yearly rent for a certain area to hunt in exclusively, would love to be the only user of this.
    Hikers legally have a "right of way" from sunrise to sunset in forest, and wildernes can be used to full pleasure by anybody.
    Hunters take this overly serious and many a hiker or biker got kicked out at gunpoint (or with help of a very serious dog, which is even worse).

    BTW, any hunters I ever met in US were at least funny, or respectful and polite, depending on the ratio of empty to full cans.

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    My two biggest fears in the woods are dehydration and hypothermia. I plan carefully and carry extra weight to avoid both of them.

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    Biggest concern if falling due to my own clumsiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthofingers View Post
    Really? Any hunter(s) I've ever encountered were very polite and respectful. I'm sure there are always exceptions but that's my experience anyway.
    I second that.
    And I would add that if they are "Out of season", they're not "hunters", they're "poachers", and therefore criminals.

    Just as an FYI, many hunters LOVE hikers.
    They keep the animals moving around and increase chances.
    Generally speaking, but I haven't met anyone (hiking or hunting) who was a total @$$, unless they got an attitude first (like a militant animal-rights hiker-'person' purposefully disrupting a hunter [which BTW is a crime]).

    Hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyagooshka View Post
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    Just as an FYI, many hunters LOVE hikers.
    They keep the animals moving around and increase chances...
    Good idea, I need to remember to point out this one during the next confrontation...
    Didn't intend to blame _your_ hunters though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockDoc View Post
    Biggest concern if falling due to my own clumsiness.
    +1 and dehydration.
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