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Avoiding — and mitigating — human threats in the outdoors

Outdoor recreation is dangerous enough without feeling threatened by other humans

A runner competes in a trail race in the middle of the dense forest.
A runner competes in a trail race in the Chuckanuts in March 2022. Human threats can be present even on heavily trafficked community trails. Pre-trip research, personal awareness, recreating with others, fight-or-flight and law enforcement are all ways to mitigate those threats. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Jason D. Martin CDN Contributor
Many who gatekeep or bring toxicity into the outdoor adventure sphere don’t realize they’re doin

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