Hiking and trekking have become increasingly popular travel activities with the renovations of popular trails, the growing consciousness of healthy living, and the ability to participate in a fun activity at little to no cost. While hiking and trekking can seem relatively tame when compared to base jumping, for example, there are still a great number of risks involved when a traveler leaves the city and heads into remote destinations of the world on foot. Dangerous weather, falls, animal attacks, and even human attacks can all leave a trekking traveler in a bad situation. If you are hiking in a foreign country, you may not be fluent in the language or know how to contact someone for emergency medical help. In many cases, injured and ill hikers and trekkers must be airlifted to safety with a medically equipped helicopter or jet to receive proper medical care.
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