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Re: The hazards of solo hiking

Postby dave54 » Sun May 08, 2011 11:58 am

I cannot recall any serious injury. Cuts and scrapes mostly. One time I was sick for 2 days, attributed to a suspect water source.

A friend broke an ankle once. He splinted himself up real secure, hobbled about a mile cross country to a trail, and made camp awaiting a samaritan to come by. One did, summoned help, and the story has a happy ending from there, although the ankle still bothers him after a long day of hiking.

Like others have posted, I tend to get real cautious when solo, and circuitously avoid stream crossings and rock scrambles I would not hesitate when with someone.
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Re: The hazards of solo hiking

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun May 08, 2011 2:17 pm

One time I did a complete flip at high speed and fell on a rock on my back


That reminds me of when I was climbing down the glacier on the East side of Mt. Ritter & Banner and I tripped and did a complete front flip into the snow. It did not hurt and I laughed more than anything.

On the way up Banner I was walking on a steep scree slope with it to my right side and slipped and rolled completely over to the left and onto my stomach before I hit the ground.
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Re: The hazards of solo hiking

Postby Cross Country » Sun May 08, 2011 3:56 pm

But true to this thread - were you solo?
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Re: The hazards of solo hiking

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun May 08, 2011 4:14 pm

Yep. My dad was along on that trip but he stayed at camp while I climbed banner solo.
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Re: The hazards of solo hiking

Postby calipidder » Mon May 09, 2011 9:18 pm

I think a lot of these injuries occur on so-called 'good' trail because we become more complacent when the terrain isn't as challenging as an off-trail route. I always seem to get what I call 'stupid feet' when I get close to a trailhead after a long hike. When I'm off trail or deep in the wilderness I tend to be more aware of where I am putting my feet, etc, since the consequences of a misstep can be so catastrophic. But I fall into this mode of laziness when I'm back on those last few miles of trail getting back to the trailhead and that's when i trip over roots, slide on wet rocks, or generally make stupid missteps. As Luke Skywalker once told the Emperor, "your overconfidence is your biggest weakness" and I think we all tend to fall into that overconfident comfort zone when we're on less challenging terrain.
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