Some hazards, potential and realized

I’m sure I’ve pointed out that the desert is rife with hazards.  Yesterday’s hike in the Mule Mountains outside of Bisbee is a good case in point.  It’s pretty rugged terrain, with risks everywhere you look: treacherous footing, rockfalls, getting lost, getting punctured, you name it.  You can’t let your guard down for a minute.

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11 response to "Some hazards, potential and realized"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: February 13, 2021

    That sounds like quite the tumble you took, and that crop of Cholla thorns look pretty awful in your thigh! I hope you are ok now and that nothing serious is wrong with your toe. Let us know how things are.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 14, 2021

      Thanks, Nancy. Two mornings later, I’m feeling pretty optimistic. The discoloration has lessened and mobility is improved.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 14, 2021

      I’ll pick up a suit. It should fit well in my panniers for use on hikes while on tour.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: February 14, 2021

    As a person who has to look away whenever he gets a tetanus shot, I sure didn’t need to see that leg full of thorns. Your picture almost made me pass out. Anyway, I enjoyed the rest of your hike. And sometimes pain is the price you have to pay for such an adventure.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: February 14, 2021

    Really, you did not have to go such extremes for the monthly challenge!! I saw a video once of a poor woman who wasn’t a cyclist riding a mtn bike downhill at speed with no control. She came off the bike and landed in a bunch of cacti and had a similar experience with needles all over. Poor woman, the guy in the video just laughed at her and didn’t offer much help!

    The rest of the hike looked really good though. It is so easy in rocky, uneven terrain to put foot or pole in the wrong place. I hope the toe is improving – not much you can really do for that body part when injured!

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 15, 2021

      Well, I came up with this silly challenge, so I felt honor bound to set the standard. I think I did rather well, if I do say so myself. Thankfully it looks like there’s to be no lasting damage. The toe is improving rapidly, and seems more like just a bad bruise than even a sprain.

  4. By: Laura Posted: February 14, 2021

    I’ve been to Bisbee, but never hiked in the area. Looks a little too strenuous for me at this age. I would mostly be worried about rattlesnakes. Did you see any critters?

    • By: Rocky Posted: December 15, 2020

      This hike was challenging but we the hike we did the day we arrived was fine.

    • By: Scooter Posted: February 15, 2021

      Nary a critter other than those deer, which was a big disappointment. It’s probably too early in the year at this elevation to hope for reptiles to be out, though it did cross my mind to look for them as I was falling face forward.

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