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Hiking Hazards - Car Accidents

Sometimes, you're more likely to get injured driving to and from the trailhead than from anything you'll encounter on the trail. Don't underestimate how tired you'll be after a restless night in a tent followed by a long hike.

The most tired I can ever remember being was after long hikes at Mt. Whitney and the Ventana Wilderness. I could not have stayed awake for a long drive after either hike. Be safe -- know your limits. Stay an extra night if you have to. Your life may depend on it -- people fall asleep at the wheel and die all the time, and what better situation to do so than after an exhausting hike.

Do you really need to get back to work one day sooner?

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