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  • Get Out!

    It is Springtime - and Summer is right around the Corner.

    Get out - see the world. Explore Nature.

    Some tips while you're at it:

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  • Bad-Ass Survival Gear

    AssWhat does that mean? A laden wild donkey with conformity issues?

    Perhaps.

    Anyway... Experts collaborate to make some of the most awesome Survival Gear available - then we offer it to our readers at discount. That rocks.

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    • Publisher and Editor of Equipped to Survive
    • Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Equipped to Survive Foundation
    • Leading authority in the areas of survival and survival equipment and supplies
    • Has personally interviewed nearly 120 survivors of aviation, marine, and wilderness survival episodes to gain insight into essential survival
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    Outdoor and Survival Expert Expert Christopher VanTilburg, M.D.
    Medical Consultant and Contributor

    • Mountain Rescue Volunteer
    • Author of seven outdoor first aid and survival books
    • Editor-in-Chief for Wilderness Medicine, the official magazine for Wilderness Medical Society
    • Contributing Editor Backcountry Magazine
    • Contributing Editor Columbia Gorge Magazine
    • "Ask Doc Wild" Columnist National Geographic Adventure

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    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

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    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • Autumn Outdoor Safety

    Leaves are changing, wind is rising, what a great time for outdoor adventures!

    Whether you're a camper, a hiker, a fisher, or a hunter, Fall brings us out into the backwoods and trails. Wilderness. This means wild. No matter how experienced you may be, this still means danger. Be equipped for those exigencies that may occur. It's easy, and it's the type of shopping that can appeal to even the most avid-anti-shopper.

    Some of our recommendations:

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    And of course, any and all products by Adventure Medical!

    Here are some great outdoor and camping safety articles, and some excellent product review videos:

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  • Ultralight Backpacking and Hiking

    What is Ultralight Hiking/Backpacking/Tramping?

    By carrying lighter and more multi-purpose equipment, ultralight backpackers aim to cover longer distances per day with less wear and tear on the body. For this reason, Ultralight hiking is also often referred  to as fastpacking. Adventure racers participate in events such as the Eco Challenge, Primal Quest, and Raid Gauloises. Ultralight hiking gear is particularly useful when thru-hiking a long-distance trail.

    What is the biggest goal in preparing for a Fast-Packing or Ultra light backpacking Hike? Find ways to Reduce Backpack Weight! Trimming pack weight can be achieved 1 item at a time or by building a new system from scratch. The payoff is appealing: more spring in your step, less gravity tugging at you on uphill switchbacks.

    Ultralight backpacking is a style of backpacking that emphasizes carrying the lightest and simplest kit safely possible for a given trip. 

    Light and ultralight are generally defined as base pack weights below 20 pounds (9.1 kg) and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) respectively in the US; elsewhere the definitions are commonly given as lightweight being under 10 kg, and ultralight under 5 kg.

    Base pack weight (the weight of a backpack plus the gear inside & outside it, excluding consumables such as food, water, and fuel, which vary depending on the duration and style of trip) is reduced as much as safely possible, though reduction of the weight of consumables is also applied.

    For comparison, traditional backpacking practices often results in base pack weights above 30 pounds (14 kg), and sometimes up to 60 pounds (27 kg).

    Why hike ultralight?

    Or, the better question to ask - why suffer if you don't have to? Why would anyone want to carry a 40 to 50 pound pack? Yet, for the average hiker, this is about what they carry for a one week trip.

    A pack this heavy causes plenty of problems:

    • Slow, tedious hiking
    • Exhaustion, irritability, and low morale on the trail
    • Increased chance of injury - sore back, sprained ankles, blown knees, sore muscles, bruised and blistered feet
    • Tired, cross people make bad decisions, sometimes with serious consequences.
    • Slow hiking leaves less time for fun stuff - relaxing in camp, fishing, staring at clouds, skinny dipping, side trips

    All this detracts from enjoying the outdoors - the reason you went in the first place.

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    Daypacks and backpacks not only need to carry your gear when you’re hiking, they need to be comfortable and functional. As day packs are often small they are not designed to be used for a multiple of purposes. They are typically constructed to be used to carry small light loads. It is important to browse hiking daypacks and purchase one before your first hike. Your items as well as your back will thank you later.

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    An inner body is obtainable with m?st d?ypacks for mountaineering , and y?u shouldn't contemplate a bag that doesn't include one. This frame will help the pack's weight in spreading evenly across the body. It may possibly truly help you? hips t?ckle most of the weight. In case your pack weighs 20 pounds, it might not look like loads for your physique to handle. Nevertheless, once you've hiked 15 miles, you will love a da?pack that can evenl? distribute those 20 pound?. Do you wish t? travel the world by your self? If you know ho? to journey - you can do it.

    In the event you trail run, and want a smaller, sleeker design.

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    Daypacks and hiking boots need to be fitted to your physique. When becoming a daypack how long your back is in relation t? the length ?f daypack is without doubt one of the vital a?e?? to verify. For m? the wi?th of the daypack is equally nec?ss?ry. Unless you want to make lik? a duck as a re?ult of a daypack that is simply t?o broad too enable arms to ?wing freely. Even ten kilos can get very heavy afte? just a few switchbacks.

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  • Camping Tips The Pros Don't Want You To Know

    Spring is only a few weeks away - are you headed into the great outdoors?

    Plan ahead, be ready and well equipped, and this Camping and Hiking season promises a lot of fun and adventure!

    Take a list of things you will need to just take with you prior to going camping. You may think you're great at packing, but little else is worse than being out in the center of the woods and realizing you forgot your allergy medication. Sit back and develop a comprehensive list of all you may need during the week before your camping trip. If you need to order items online - allow two weeks to find the best values, order, and receive them via ground shipping to avoid costly express shipping which can eat up all the saving you found through careful online research.

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    If your canteen is beginning to smell musty, you can give it an excellent cleaning with baking soft drink. Place a small amount of water in your canteen, and add three tablespoons of baking soda. Shake gently, let it sit for one hour, and then rinse with water. Your canteen will be refreshingly clean!

    Make sure you have a complete camping first aid kit, that it is fully stocked, and that the medications inside are of current expiry. We recommend Adventure Medical Kits.

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    Check the weather forecast prior to going camping so that you know what kind of clothing you will need. You will be very cold in case a front blow through, and you didn't pack jackets and blankets. Additionally , consider packing some rain ponchos in case any storm's blow through.

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    Consider purchasing inexpensive walkie-talkies to just take with you on your own next camping visit to provide a way to keep in touch with every one in your party in areas where cellular phone reception may possibly not be available. This can be particularly essential if you're camping with children and have to keep track of their whereabouts.

    Learn how to pitch your tent ahead of time. First-time tent pitching can take time, and you'll get frustrated if your first-time reaches the actual campsite. If you practice doing this ahead of time, it'll be a breeze to do once you reach your destination.

    Ensure that the cooler you're taking with you is air tight. You don't want your food to spoil because the cooler was allowing the cool air to get out. Store your cooler in a shaded area where in fact the sun will not work against it. This may save your food and your stomach.

    Keep the needs of your family in mind before choosing the destination. For example , if you have a child or toddler, it may be far better stick close to home in the event things don't go as planned. When you have teenagers, but you may enjoy traveling to another state. Choose what's best for you personally!

    Camping Is One Trip That Anyone Can Afford

    Reserve your spot at a campground as soon as possible. Especially in the summer, many people want in camping with their families. In the event that you make your reservation in the wintertime, you are more likely to get the best rate possible. Those savings can translate into additional family fun while on your vacation.

    Camping is a pastime that may be fun and educational for the whole family. In order to get the most from the time communing with nature, you need to take the time to learn as much about camping as you possibly can. Browse the recommendations that follow and you'll be in a position to plan an adventure you will never forget.

    If you're camping and the weather is beginning to rise somewhat, take the coolers that you have with you and put them somewhere in the shade. It will help to keep them covered with some form of tarp. This can keep the temperature inside the cooler from rising an excessive amount of.

    Sit down and make a plan of what you must devote to your complete trip. Be sure you factor in the campground costs, gasoline prices in addition to food and any materials you will need to purchase. This can ensure that you don't spend more than you have on your own trip.

    Be equipped for Whatever Comes down the Path

    Choose your clothing attire ahead of time. This way you'll have enough clean clothing for the trip. Also, make certain you're taking along clothes that work with whatever the weather will be what your location is camping. Durable shoes like hiking boots or other closed-toe shoes are also recommended for most situations.

    When children come in your camping party, it is important to tell them what the rules are as soon as you get there. They need to have strict guidelines to check out, or they might get hurt or annoy the others. For example , talk to them about screaming and how their voices could disturb the others. It is much harder to enforce rules once you've been there for a few days, so get going early.

    Bugs can be a major problem with camping; they can cause disease, enter your food, and you need to be a nuisance. Take the proper measures to help keep them away. This includes maybe not putting on perfume or cologne, lighting citronella candles, avoiding swamp lands, and covering your skin, so they are not attracted to your scent. Obviously, you'll want to take along Insect Repellent, and Insect Sting Relief.

    Camp must be setup before night begins. In the event that you driving an RV, you should locate a safe parking spot. When pitching a tent, locate dry and flat ground. Once you know the area around your campsite before it gets dark adds to your camping safety. You can save time by knowing what you are doing.

    If you're camping at a public campground, be sure you pack shower shoes for everyone in your party. Not only will they protect your feet from the bacteria on the shower floor, however they are great for all those nighttime runs to the bushes when you need to utilize the restroom. They could be old flip flops, Crocs, as well as slip-ons.

    How To Turn Camping Into A Fun Adventure

    Be sure you observe the campground rules and regulations. One of the primary concerns is trash and in addition noisiness inside a campsite. People usually think that people can not hear them, but noise travels far in a campsite. It is rather difficult to possess any privacy, especially when people are said to be observing quiet hours.

    Just take something to entertain your self when you have some downtime. Bring some board games for the whole family, or bring a book in the event you awaken before everyone else. This is a good notion so you know you are entertained throughout your entire trip and there isn't any dull moment.

    A Frisbee makes for exceptional support under paper plates, and can steer clear of the usual camping spillage and drops! Grab as much of these as you have around your house or yard, or pick up a few at your neighborhood dollar-type store. They conveniently stack for easy, space-saving packing and so are tremendously helpful with little one's meals.

    If you decide to leave your campsite to take part in pursuits like fishing or hiking, be sure you know how to get back. Lots of people become lost when doing these exact things also it could possibly be hard for you to be found; remember, most cell phones usually do not work in these areas.

    Introduce yourselves to other families camping in your immediate area, as a way to be social and more apt to help one another out. If another crew arrives after you've setup, offer to greatly help with their tent or equipment. If something goes awry during the trip for anybody, it's much easier to require help from somebody who was courteous enough to introduce themselves.

    A polite thing you are able to do for the campers who follow you is leaving wood for them. Think about how difficult it could be to get some wood when there is none on the campsite, particularly when it is dark. So , be courteous to others and leave as much wood as you can.

    If you're going camping together with your pets or children, you need to have a few extra precautions. Make an effort to teach your children the fundamentals of camping safety. They have to know very well what to do should they get lost and really should each have a little survival kit. Be sure you have leashes for just about any pets and get them to current with all vaccinations.

    A handy tool that may make your daily life easier when camping, is duct tape. Its multipurpose properties are not only of use at home, they can be used in the wild too. This can be used to close up any problems with your air bed, that may save money. You can even seal holes in sleeping bags or tents. Before embarking on a difficult hike, put it on each foot to stave off blisters if you didn't remember to pack moleskin for blister protection.

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    Select your sleeping bag with the elements, season and location of one's trip in mind. A winter bag for the summer may cause you to sweat all night. The opposite holds true as well, as you will need a good, heavy sleeping bag if you are likely to be putting up with very cold conditions. You'll actually be risking your health and safety.

    As you can see, there are plenty of things you will need to keep in mind for the next camping trip. A lot of things will play a factor in your safety and the entire enjoyment of the knowledge. Use what you have read from this article, and you will have a better camping experience next time you go outdoors!

    Tidy up thoroughly when leaving a campsite. Take to your best not to leave any trace of you at the campsite you stayed in. That is important, not just in terms of being considerate of other people. There are animals and insects that continue to reside in the woods once you've left, so think of them as well.

    When you're finished camping and ready to go home, you should grab after yourself. Keeping nature clean and preserved can allow future campers to enjoy it too. Before you leave, tidy up any messes, you have made at your website and try your best to leave nature as you originally found it.

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  • A functional first aid kit requires a few essential items

    Outdoors Ten important items for outdoor first aid kit
    When you’re outdoors and away from civilization, a minor injury could become a problem. Small cuts, abrasions or blisters can be an inconvenience. However, there could be an instance requiring immediate attention. Carrying along some essential items in an equipped first aid kit can save the day or possibly someone’s life.

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    The Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” relates to outdoors men and women having the necessary gear at hand to meet an emergency should one happen. A simple first-aid kit containing the proper items will help in attending to most first-aid requirements when outdoors.

    There are many commercial first aid kits available for a modest price. Some kits offer a wide variety of supplies for minor emergencies afield. There may be some items users will want to add to fit a specific outing.

    “First aid kits can be customized to fit the situation,” said Glenn Wheeler, a licensed EMT and outdoor enthusiast. “Specific items can be added to off-the-shelf kits that go beyond the basic essentials.”

    1. Gloves: A few pairs of latex-free medical gloves are always an essential item. The gloves help protect you and the patient in a medical situation. Emergency gloves prevent contact with cuts and blood. They can be quickly removed and discarded for easy clean-up.

    Also, the gloves may come in handy if having to work on a greasy engine or field dressing game. Most kits usually contain at least a pair, but it is a good idea to throw in a few extras.

    2. Methods to summon help: In today’s world cell phones are common and have service even in some remote areas. Before heading out make certain the battery is fully charged and the phone is operational. Program the phone with emergency numbers for police, forest rangers, conservation officers and a nearby hospital.

    Two-way radios can be used between groups or even some emergency agencies. The Coast Guard and some marinas monitor the emergency marine channel. One issue with radios is the range is limited by terrain.

    3. Fire starters: Matches may seem out of the ordinary for a first-aid kit, but remember this is an outdoor kit. Use a waterproof match holder or plastic zip close bag to store the matches and keep moisture out. There are also fire starter kits that can be used in the place of matches.

    A fire can serve many purposes during an emergency. An injured patient can be kept warm near a fire to help reduce the stress on their body. After dark, the light from the fire can guide rescuers to your position.

    4. Paper and pen: Two other items usually not found in a first-aid kit are a pen and paper. These are used to write down important information about the patient’s injuries. It is a good idea to make notes about the injured person as to any allergies, medical history or other factors related to the injuries.

    “Make notes as to what you have done to the patient,” Wheeler said. “Give this information to the paramedics when they arrive to save time.”

    If you have contacted a hospital write down the instructions they give you relating to needed first aid for the victim. This will also help the EMT’s know what treatment has been given.

    5. Antiseptic: Hand sanitizer and/or antiseptic wipes is an important item for any first aid kid. The hand sanitizer can be used to clean up your hands before and after dealing with an injured person. The antiseptic wipes can be used to clean minor wounds and scratches on the victim. Both of these items are available in small containers or in single use packets.

    6. Basic medications: Simple over-the-counter medications can be used to help relieve pain, fever, swelling and itching. These are not prescription medications but some simple drugs to help the injured person. Individual packets of aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen can help with fever and pain.

    Also, some diphenhydramine (Benadryl) will help relieve itching or an allergic reaction. If a person has a severe allergy, they many want to visit their doctor for en Epi-pen just in case. Some OTC allergy or sinus medication could also be needed for minor symptoms when outdoors.

    Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin is handy for cuts, scrapes and blisters.

    7. Adhesive bandages: No first-aid kit would be complete without some Band-Aids. The simple, yet effective self-adhesive bandages are quick and easy to apply. Cuts, burns, insect bites, blisters and other minor contusions can be covered with the strips. Pack in several sizes from small strips to larger pads.

    Gauze pads and rolls can also fall into this category. The pads can be used to clean wounds and placed over cuts to help stop any bleeding. Rolls of gauze can be wrapped around larger wounds or used to immobilize broken bones.

    8. Tape: Usually a small roll of medical tape is included in most commercial first aid kits. However, there may be times when a stronger tape is required. A few feet of duct tape can be unrolled and rolled back onto itself. This takes up little room in the kit and can have many uses in an emergency.

    The duct tape can cover bandages to keep them waterproof. The tape can be torn into strips for holding splints in place or as a splint for fingers.

    9. Medical shears: These are specialized scissors also known as EMT shears. They can cut through just about any material. The scissors may be required to cut away any clothing to expose an injury. Also, the shears are used to cut gauze pads, tape, rope or small limbs to make a splint.

    10. Plastic zip close bags: Small sized zip close plastic bags have an unlimited uses in first aid. They keep the gauze and dressing fresh, dry and clean. The bags can be filled with clean water and a corner cut to irrigate wounds.

    Also, the bags can be labeled for quick identification of items in the first aid kit.

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  • Happy First Day of Summer! Be Safe and Have FUN!

    Summer Safety Survival Guide: 10 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

    Summer Safety Summer Safety

    Summer is the time for outdoor cookouts, pool parties and backyard play dates – not a time for bandaging scrapes, nursing burns – or worse. Learn these important summer safety tips and make sure everyone in your family knows them by heart too. That way, it will be a summer to remember, for all the right reasons.

    Pool Safety

    1. Supervise constantly: Good supervision means you are able to scan the pool area every 20 seconds and be able to reach the pool in 10 seconds.
    2. Put multiple safety barriers between children and the pool: Install a four-foot fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach. Also cut overhanging tree limbs and remove chairs or ladders from the pool area to prevent children from climbing over the fence surrounding the pool.
    3. Always check the pool first if a child is missing: Child drowning is often a silent death that alerts no one with splashes or yells for help. Many drowning accidents happen when children have been missing for less than five minutes.
    4. Empty small wading pools and remove all toys after children are through playing: Infants can drown in just a few inches of water. Floats, balls and other toys may attract children to the pool when it is unattended.

    Backyard Safety

    1. Keep grills at least 10 feet from any structure: Grilling mishaps cause more than 8,300 fires and send 3,000 people to the emergency room each year. Never grill indoors or near garages or porches, even if it’s raining.
    2. Have a spray bottle or fire extinguisher handy: An unexpected flare up can burn more than your burgers. Use a spray bottle to avoid flare ups and have a fire extinguisher nearby. Also, coals get hot – in some cases up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit – so dispose of charcoal away from kids and pets and cool it down with a hose.
    3. Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire: Both can cause an explosion. When grilling, use insulated, flame-retardant mitts and long-handled barbeque tongs and utensils to handle food and coals.
    4. Check gas grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks: If the tank valve or grill needs repair, do not attempt to do it yourself. Take it to your local home improvement store or qualified appliance repair person.
    5. Inspect outdoor decorative lights carefully: Some families add backyard ambience with outdoor decorative lighting. Do not connect more than three midget light string sets together. Light strings with screw-in bulbs should have a maximum of 50 bulbs connected together. Be sure to use light strings bearing the UL Mark, which means UL has tested samples of the product for risk of fire, electric shock and other hazards.

    Playground Safety

    1. Carefully inspect backyard playground equipment: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 70 percent of all playground-related deaths occur on home playground equipment. Make sure equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.

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