Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Poison ivy or poison oak

 If left untreated highly sensitive to these plants you need to see a doctor. So what are the fix it ways to treat the problem or prevent it here are some ideas how to cope with poison ivy and oak. First you need to know the plant what it looks like and where it might be growing. If you hike and go into the woods you need to become familiar with how it looks like in that area. Normally poison ivy looks like a low vine with grayish white berries and pointed leaves usually in groups of three. The reddish leaves turn green in the summer and reddish again by fall. Poison oak is a shrub or small tree with greenish whit berries and oak like leaves that appear in groups of three. Spotting these plants is not always easy.
Poison Ivy Help

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Make a first aid kit

You should have a first aid kit in your home and car. Some of the items it needs to have are sterile gauze pads, band-aids, non-latex gloves different sizes, best to keep all sizes or a couple sets of a larger size. Antibiotic hydrocortisone cream, a breathing barrier for CPR , and a reference card. The card should have emergency numbers burn control, poison control, EMS, family members.

You should build a first aid kit specified for your family needs. The suggestions listed would be best for a smaller kit that you could carry around, if you want a large kit add in a flashlight which extra batteries , a blanket, scissors, thermometer, hot cold pack two different packs, you break and they heat or cool , and elastic wraps. You can put whatever you want in a first-aid kit. Just make sure if you have medications in it you restock it and check it regularly. You need to check the dates to be sure that there are not expired materials in the kit. A first aid kit can be put together for areas that you plan to travel to especially in cold and hot climates.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Warrior Dash Ohio

Team Tiff made it through the warrior dash in Ohio ,congrats to the team it was a great day.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Water purification

Backpackers have many water purification options to choose from now. They can be broadly classified in four categories.

1. Water Filters.
2. Chemical treatments.
3. Boiling the water.
4. No treatment at all.
"safe" natural springs versus contaminated water sources.. I don't really recommend this as a way to obtain good drinking water, but it can't hurt to learn how to find the natural sources that are most likely pure. A filter can clog or your water tablets get lost.
Rainwater collected in clean containers or in plants is usually safe for drinking. This is just something to remember for emergencies, though. Always purify water from lakes, ponds, swamps, springs, or streams. Even deep in the wilderness, most water sources now have Giardia or other unhealthy bacteria and viruses.

Water purification by boiling works fine. Just boil for a minute or two and you are usually okay. The problem is that it is just too much trouble for backpacking. Do you want to stop several times daily to set up your stove and boil enough water to fill your water bottles? Do you want to always need a good fire to do the same, or to carry the extra fuel for that stove? For regular use, there are just two convenient ways to purify water when backpacking. They are water filters and chemical water treatments.
Compass wilderness survival