Hiking and camping in the wilderness can be dangerous.
Experience and preparation reduce risk but will never
Information published in a book or on a website—regardless
how authoritative—is not a substitute for common sense or
sound judgment. Your safety is your responsibility. The
unique details of your specific situation and the decisions
you make at that time will determine the outcome.
When hiking, threats to your wellbeing are unpredictable;
you must always be aware. In the backcountry, risk is
subjective; you must gauge it for yourself. Away from
civilization, small mistakes can have severe consequences;
you must vigilantly prevent injury and avoid becoming
Never hike alone. Before setting out, check the weather
forecast and current trail conditions; adjust your plans
accordingly. Always carry a map and compass, a first-aid
kit, extra clothing, a personal locator beacon, plus enough
food and water to survive an emergency.
If you doubt your ability to negotiate rough terrain,
respond to wild animals, or handle sudden, extreme weather
changes, hike only in a group led by a competent, licensed
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