Hazards Associated with Specific Activities
Some hazards are associated with particular activities. A twisted ankle, for example, is the most common injury among hikers and backpackers. Care must be taken on rough trails to avoid turning an ankle, or stumbling and falling. Blisters are another problem to watch out for. While they’re in no way dangerous, blisters can certainly undermine a good time. If serious enough they can bring your trip to a grinding halt.
Mountain bikers and cyclists need to maintain safe speeds, and exercise special caution during downhill runs to avoid losing control, especially bn rough or winding trails. The results of a highspeed accident can obviously be disastrous. Always wear a helmet, and avoid rugged trails if you’re not a skilled cyclist.
In white-water canoeing, kayaking, or rafting there’s a risk of running into a rock and being tossed into the water (or against the rock), which occasionally leads to an injury or drowning. Don’t attempt white-water activities without some first-rate instruction. Know how to swim before getting involved in any water-based sport. It also wouldn’t hurt to take a course in water safety. Wear a life jacket at all times when on the water.
Anyone engaged in activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or winter hiking should know that winter can be merciless to the careless or unprepared person. Getting hurt in a remote area at this time of year would undoubtedly be life-threatening. Watch out for icy trails, and ski at a slow enough speed to be able to stop on short notice.
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