My Biggest Arizona Backpacking Fears – And a Few Things I’m Not So Worried About – Arizona Backpacker

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My Biggest Arizona Backpacking Fears – And a Few Things I’m Not So Worried About – Arizona Backpacker

My Biggest Arizona Backpacking Fears – And a Few Things I’m Not So Worried About

When I’m heading into the backcountry, there are a few things that scare the living Bejesus out of me. I’m not afraid to admit it. In fact, I believe being at peace with my inner …

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Even though I haven’t done any backpacking in a long time, some of the points discussed in this article are relevant in my hiking and camping activities.

  • Bees – Just hiking around the Phoenix area gives me pause when a random bee passes by. Am I walking towards a fresh swarm? What should I do if they attack and I’m in the middle of nowhere? I’ve read that to prevent an attack, you shouldn’t swat or try to kill any of them because it will immediately alert the hive to attack. I would turn around and quietly exit the area if I could. Africanized bees, however, might not be so nice. I wonder if there’s truth in that bees will give you “warning bumps” when you get too close? Yeah, I’m doomed. LOL!
  • Falling trees and branches – The only time I actually worry about this is when I hang my hammock or pitch my tent. I always look up for “widow makers” (large, dead branches that look suspicious). One time I rolled into camp in the dark, pitched my tent, only to discover in the morning that I was directly under a dead tree that was leaning! Yikes!
  • Lightning – Yeah, me no likey. While hiking, it’s kind of difficult to manage this one. While car camping, however, I always bail out from my tent or hammock and seek refuge in my truck.
  • Getting lost – This doesn’t worry me too much because I always carry some kind of GPS device. I know, I know, what if the device fails? I’ve been meaning to learn how to read a compass at a local REI class. We’ll see about that.
  • Rattlesnakes – I don’t hike in the warmer months for two reasons: first, the risk of heat exhaustion/stroke and second, rattlesnakes.
  • Bears – I’m mindful and respect them. In Arizona, we have black and brown bears. Unless there are cubs involved, I feel pretty confident I could deal with them. Cats, however, give me pause because those suckers can creep up on you. Either way, I keep a repelling spray nearby in hopes of forcing these creatures to retreat.
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