Here are some hiking stats and facts I found from 17 different sources.
- $5 billion is spent each year.
- Average speed is 3 mph.
- Falling is number one cause of death in wilderness.
- 1 in 232k chance of bear attack.
- 18k miles of trails in the U.S. National Parks
Have a look at this infographic for more info:
The odds of bear attack are very low at 1 in 2.1 million. There are other dangers.
Hiking is good exercise that burns 300 calories per hour or more.
You can train for better endurance.
You can bring your cell phone and dog.