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    I was thinking about personal safety when it was discussed going solo when a friend whimps out on you because the weather forecast was bad. Does anyone hike with something special for personal safety (gun, tear gas, pepper gas, etc.)
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    I don't bring any of the above-mentioned items, but I do leave a detailed itinerary at home. I feel I am more at risk of getting injured, than getting assaulted.
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    This topic comes on roughly every 3 months, so a search of the archives will turn up a lot of good info.

    The bottom line: the most important thing to carry with you is your common sense. Of the things you listed, it is extremely unlikely that any of them will come into play over a lifetime of hiking in the northeast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibones
    Does anyone hike with something special for personal safety (gun, tear gas, pepper gas, etc.)
    just a map, compass, raingear, whistle, etc....
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibones
    I was thinking about personal safety when it was discussed going solo when a friend whimps out on you because the weather forecast was bad. Does anyone hike with something special for personal safety (gun, tear gas, pepper gas, etc.)
    Since the time I fell off a cliff, broke my head, and got a concussion....alone in winter...my wife has been strongly encouraging me to hike with something special for my personal safety: A companion with brains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4000'er
    I don't bring any of the above-mentioned items, but I do leave a detailed itinerary at home. I feel I am more at risk of getting injured, than getting assaulted.
    When I did my most recent solo bushwhack I placed a shortcut on the computer desktop called Neil Hike. If my wife clicked on it she'd have seen a Word doc and a jpeg. The jpeg is made from a Topo file and shows my intended route. The idea was that she could have emailed this file to anyone who might be getting ready to search for me. The Word doc had basic info like where I was parking and the emergency phone number to call. It also reminded her to infrom whomever she contacted that I had a radio which I would tune have tuned to frequency x.

    Maybe next time I'll print both files so in case of a computer or power failure she'll still have the information.

    Finally, the hardest part for me: Not to deviate from the intended route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibones
    Does anyone hike with something special for personal safety (gun, tear gas, pepper gas, etc.)
    hand grenades and a machette

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeping bear
    hand grenades and a machette
    I'm bringing you with me hiking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeping bear
    hand grenades and a machette
    I prefer a flame thrower - works great on BW's too.

    no - I just bring my head with me. there ain't nothing to worry about out there. I am more scared these days in boston
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    Quote Originally Posted by giggy
    I prefer a flame thrower - works great on BW's too.

    no - I just bring my head with me. there ain't nothing to worry about out there. I am more scared these days in boston
    I do agree that walking in parts of Boston might be scarier than hiking in the hills. Born and breed in NYC makes me paranoid. For some some strange reason I'm more scared in the dark in the woods than I am walking in the middle of a combat zone in NY, not that I've done that recently.
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    I am always more afraid of DRIVING to a trailhead than hiking. Statistically speaking that is where the danger lies... (especially at 2am)

    I do admit that after the 2 black bear mauling fatalites on hikers back in 2000 (one in Tennesee, and one in Quebec), I did purchase a canister of Grizzly Bear spray (mainly a high dose of pepper spray) for long solo remote trips. I did carry it a few times, but soon realized that the REMOTE chance of a hostile black bear encounter far out weighed the need of bringing it...
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    [QUOTE=Frodo]I am always more afraid of DRIVING to a trailhead than hiking. Statistically speaking that is where the danger lies... (especially at 2am)
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    Yeah, just look at my avatar!

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    Lots of good responses in a previous posting for "personal safety"
    http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthrea...highlight=guns
    Last edited by kmac; 06-28-2006 at 08:19 PM.
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    I try to be cautious and not get hurt. (maybe I should wear my mask? ) I make sure I have a map, compass and my gps, headlamp and extra batteries. Sometimes I even have an extra map. I also leave a detailed itinerary at home.
    Last edited by Woody; 06-28-2006 at 09:13 PM.
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    I'm with Dave on this one--just bring some common sense along with the usual hiking gear.

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