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    Default The ultimate list of dangers?

    While i understand not all of these you will encounter, if any at all but I wanted to make sure i hadn't forgotten any. Here is a list of potential dangers I have compiled. Obviously some fall under stupidity.


    Dehydration
    Hypothermia
    Bug bites (ticks Lyme disease)
    Sanitation (norovirus)
    Blisters that turn into Infections
    Sprains
    Hunger and thirst
    Black bears, cougars
    Food or water poisoning
    Mistaken by hunter for a deer and shot
    Kennebec river ( if you decided to wade across vs use canoe )
    Hundred Mile Wilderness
    Rattler or copperhead
    Black widow, brown recluse spiders
    (lightning storm) or heavy downpour or snow
    Knife edge rocks
    Crazy people
    Getting lost


    Any others that come to mind?

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    The DANGER of not going.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by letstieoneon View Post
    The DANGER of not going.......

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    Getting hit by a train (happened once)
    STDs or unwanted pregnancy
    Criminal violence by a person not deemed crazy
    Heat stroke
    Precipitating an acute medical event (like an MI)
    Falling in love (if to the wrong person)
    Rabies
    Haunt Virus
    Tetanus (huh, now I wonder when I got a booster)
    Blunt force trauma from the rock on the end of your bear bag line.
    3rd degree burns from refilling an alcohol stove with its invisible flame
    Carbon monoxide poisoning from stove in unventilated ten
    Porcupine quills
    Skunks
    Tree falls (widow makers)
    Dog bite
    Boredom
    Knife in foot (drunken mublety peg game)

    I could go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisalwaysgood View Post
    While i understand not all of these you will encounter, if any at all but I wanted to make sure i hadn't forgotten any. Here is a list of potential dangers I have compiled. Obviously some fall under stupidity.


    Dehydration
    Hypothermia
    Bug bites (ticks Lyme disease)
    Sanitation (norovirus)
    Blisters that turn into Infections
    Sprains
    Hunger and thirst
    Black bears, cougars
    Food or water poisoning
    Mistaken by hunter for a deer and shot
    Kennebec river ( if you decided to wade across vs use canoe )
    Hundred Mile Wilderness
    Rattler or copperhead
    Black widow, brown recluse spiders
    (lightning storm) or heavy downpour or snow
    Knife edge rocks
    Crazy people
    Getting lost


    Any others that come to mind?
    You omitted the worst event of all: having to sleep in a full shelter with nasty, smelly, snoring men with gas and small bladders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownYonder View Post
    You omitted the worst event of all: having to sleep in a full shelter with nasty, smelly, snoring men with gas and small bladders.
    Self-inflicted!

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    Falls and trips

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    Tripping, stumbling, sliding, falling, etc.
    Where those happen matters, too.
    Hopefully you don't land on rocks, or fall off a cliff, or slide into the bog, or trip over a yellow jacket nest.

    Looks like ortho beat me!

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    Poor judgement

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    Wasting time on internet websites.

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    Lack of knowledge and wisdom.

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    Wow, quite a list! Only a few of those are actual dangers like hypothermia that should be a concern. The balance are mitigated with pretty basic prevention including filtering drinking water and drink routinely during the day, good hygiene practices anytime handling food, and proper gear for conditions. Though I would add big foot to the list behind cougars as a danger...

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    Wasp stings.

    Especially yellow jackets and hornets.

    I'm sitting here right now nursing three yellow jacket stings.

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    1. Doing something stupid.
    2. Bad luck.

    These are related.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisalwaysgood View Post
    While i understand not all of these you will encounter, if any at all but I wanted to make sure i hadn't forgotten any. Here is a list of potential dangers I have compiled. Obviously some fall under stupidity.


    Dehydration
    Hypothermia
    Bug bites (ticks Lyme disease)
    Sanitation (norovirus)
    Blisters that turn into Infections
    Sprains
    Hunger and thirst
    Black bears, cougars
    Food or water poisoning
    Mistaken by hunter for a deer and shot
    Kennebec river ( if you decided to wade across vs use canoe )
    Hundred Mile Wilderness
    Rattler or copperhead
    Black widow, brown recluse spiders
    (lightning storm) or heavy downpour or snow
    Knife edge rocks
    Crazy people
    Getting lost


    Any others that come to mind?
    Feral dogs
    Widow makers (tree limbs)
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    Trivia question:

    Of all the dangers listed, which two (combined) are responsible for the documented deaths of 7 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickb View Post
    Trivia question:

    Of all the dangers listed, which two (combined) are responsible for the documented deaths of 7 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers?

    Crazy people and Getting lost, although I only know of one thru that "got lost" and died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickb View Post
    Of all the dangers listed, which two (combined) are responsible for the documented deaths of 7 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers?
    Hmmmm... Kennebec and crazy people? I want to say lightning, but will not.

    Here's one: Cause of most deaths in the GSMNP? Second?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    Hmmmm... Kennebec and crazy people? I want to say lightning, but will not.

    Here's one: Cause of most deaths in the GSMNP? Second?
    the Kennebec death can be attributed to a "crazy person" (story came out later that he was mentally ill)

    Largay "got lost"

    the rest were murders done by "crazy people"

    IDK GSMNP answer, but would guess the same top two

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