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Staying safe with dangerous outdoor activities in Alaska

Alaska is an outdoorsman’s paradise. It is unparalleled in beauty, and there is no shortage of opportunities to take in the splendor of nature. Whether you prefer to play in the water or face the challenge of a climb, you should be aware of the dangers such activities pose. While outdoor attractions in Alaska are alluring, they are also unsafe for adventurers who are not careful. According to the USDA Forest Service, there are several safety steps you should take before embarking on an

According to the USDA Forest Service, there are several safety steps you should take before embarking on an outdoor activity in Alaska. You should always pack first aid, have a plan for emergencies and check for inclement weather. These tips are even more important if you plan on pursuing any of these three most dangerous activities.

Rafting

There are many beautiful rivers in Alaska that make it an ideal destination for rafting enthusiasts. There are many dangers associated with this activity, though — the least of which is not drowning. In particularly icy waters, hypothermia is also a serious threat. Overexertion is yet another risk of rafting in waters that are violent or currents that are powerful. Undertake this activity only with adequate training, gear and other rafters.

Cycling

Cycling, much like rafting, can put you at an increased risk of injury because of your vulnerability to the natural elements. As much of Alaska is prone to snow and ice, these conditions can make cycling particularly treacherous. Add to this the fact that many bike trails are remote and secluded, and it is clear that you need to take extra precautions while cycling when you are in Alaska.

Camping

Camping is one of the most popular yet most unsafe activities to embark on when you are in Alaska. If you are in a forested area, you might be vulnerable to wildlife, and your seclusion will likely make you vulnerable to snow and ice, too. If anything were to happen, you might be unable to access the resources you need to respond. If you plan on camping at any cost, be sure to research and stick to areas close to populations and follow all recommended camping guidelines and safety tips.

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