Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Congratulations Trailwise Readers

Congratulations those of you who participated in our Trail Dangers Survey. 61% of you correctly picked Falling as the number one danger to hikers and campers. Here is how Backpacker magazine rated our five trail dangers:
1. Falling
2. Heart Attack
3. Cold
4. Avalanche
5. Bears
You might be interested to know that water is nearly as big a danger as falling. Drowning and injuries from rapids, floods, and water falls hurt almost as many hikers each year as falls do. Also Bees are a greater danger on the trail, especially to those allergic to bees, than bears are. Bears may be powerful and dangerous, but they tend to avoid humans unless those humans risk hiking in heavily bear-populated areas.

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