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You ask: "Don't these offset the dangers mentioned above? To me it seems like the threat of getting caught in a summer afternoon lightning storm and forced to get down the mountain quickly is about as dangerous as the threats a person runs into in the winter." You're right. There are risks in all seasons when you're going hiking or climbing up in the ...


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I think a list of dangers is potentially useful, but not a "single answer" question so I'm going to make this a CW -- Add your stuff here: Hypothermia Falls leading to mechanical injury or head trauma Getting lost and dying of dehydration/starvation Biological illness through drinking tainted water (protozoa, bacteria, etc.) Poisoning from chemically ...


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Could be two I'd guess: Labyrinth spider It's hard to completly identify but by the sound of the web shape and your description it is most likely a Labyrinth spider More info here At this time of the year, the funnel webs in our gardens are normally the work of Labyrinth spiders. Labyrinths are common, shy little critters, and being a dull ...


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Bears are a big danger in the spring/summer/fall. I just went elk hunting in a remote valley in Northwest Wyoming, and it was in the winter when the bears (both grizzly and black bears) were hibernating. In the summer, there are so many bears up there that some people don't even go up there. I know of these two men who like to fish up there, but only ...


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I think the most likely is actually hypothermia. All it takes is being a little unprepared and getting caught in wet and windy conditions a little above freezing. If you don't deal with that right away, things just deteriorate and then dealing with it properly gets less and less likely until you're unable to deal with anything at all. I'd say number 2 is ...



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