Saturday, December 10, 2016

deer ticks

Despite their name, deer ticks feed on and infect many wild critters, particularly our native and ubiquitous white-footed mouse. Because of ticks’ prevalence, people who spend a lot of time outside will eventually have contact with deer ticks. This is where tick hygiene comes in.
Shower and wash thoroughly every evening and then check for ticks. They like hard-to-see places such as the armpits, groin, scalp and the backs of the knees, so look closely in these areas. If you find a tick has latched onto you, the CDC recommends you remove it by grasping it as close to the skin as possible with tweezers and pulling straight up until it releases. You may have to pull hard if it has been feeding for some time. Don’t twist it or use heat, petroleum jelly or other home remedies to get it to release, as this can increase the chances of disease transmission.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Buy a survival book

Buy a survival  book on food and making shelter in the wilderness. This can be a great help if you get lost. If you have a GPS meter you can use that to figure out where you are and then use it with the map. You can enter your location in the GPS. This will mark the area you are in and keep you from walking in circles. You should also pack some extra dry clothing incase you get wet this can be serious and can cause hypothermia to set in if it gets cold at night. Water is what you will need the most ,take at least 2 light weight containers,one as a backup and plenty of water purification tablets.
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Monday, November 14, 2016

To avoid being bitten by ticks

To avoid being bitten by ticks, people who work or play outdoors need to take precautions that weren’t necessary in the past. Avoiding ticks is the first order of business. Ticks “quest” at the tips of tall grass or brush, waiting to cling to the next warm body that brushes against them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using products containing 20-30% DEET on exposed skin. (Unfortunately, research indicates herbal repellants range in effectiveness between 0% to about 30% as compared to DEET.) Clothing, footwear and gear such as tents can be treated with products containing the active ingredient Permethrin. Hikers should stick to marked trails.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Griddles are also great for cooking while camping

Griddles are also great for cooking while camping. You can make pancakes and eggs and many other means with a griddle. French toast is a camp favorite. Blend eggs with milk adding a bit of sugar dip the bread in this and fry on a greased griddle. Butter and maple syrup can be used as toppings. When using the griddle make sure to not get the fire to high it is better to use them over coals so the flames do not hit the food. you can also buy cooking kits at your local outdoor store they will include all the different camping cookware that you will need. Aluminum kit are the most popular.

Friday, October 28, 2016

ant species

You can  also sprinkle a line of cayenne pepper across the ants’ entry points, and the ants will not walk over it. Just make sure if you have pets they do not lick up the pepper. Ants are among the most conspicuous and the most ecologically important of insects. This concise, easy-to-use, authoritative identification guide introduces the fascinating and diverse ant fauna of the United States and Canada. It features the first illustrated key to North American ant genera, discusses distribution patterns, explores ant ecology and natural history, and includes a list of all currently recognized ant species in this large region.

Monday, October 3, 2016

five million people were caught in bad winter weather last year

You should keep these items in your vehicle or your trunk. Snow scraper get a good pair cheap ones break easily. A collapsible shovel ans a bad of cat litter. A good pair of jumper cables and some flares. Put some candles and hand warmers with water proof matches in a water proof bag. A blanket and small first aid kit with some bottled water. Even a compass could come in handy or a small radio and extra batteries.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

hiking and backpacking in cold weather

 You need to wear clothes that will block the wind and are water proof. As you get hot you can
remove some of the clothing and place them in your backpack. You don't want to start sweating this can bring on chills from the wet clothing. Most outdoor stores will carry light,water proof clothing for backpacking in the winter. If you are hiking in snow wear polarized sunglasses to block the glare from the snow. You should not invest in cheap boots you need boots that are waterproof and insulated.  You should take along a  pack of water proof matches and a small sterno unit. You can use this to heat up some tea or soup when you take a break. You should take along high calorie foods since you will burn more calories when hiking in the cold weather. Any kind of fatty food that you can carry will help keep up your energy. High protein drinks can be purchased in powder form and mixed with water are also great to have.  If you are hiking in snow country you can melt the snow. Any type of cheese products will contain plenty of fat. High energy bars are light weight and can be stored in your backpack.  When hiking and backpacking in the winter it is important to pack as light as you can.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to choose hiking boots

Lightweight hiking shoes are so much nicer! Don't settle for hiking boots until you are sure your ankle problems are not due to a lack of exercise.It isn't all about the weight. In a good pair of running shoes your feet will stay cooler than in hiking boots. This isn't a small matter. Cooler means fewer blisters. Blistered feet can be a serious problem your feet are all you have to carry you out of that trail. I stopped getting blisters. You don't mean you have had fewer blisters. Thus you mean haven't had any blisters on your feet at all in over many years. Have you had one blister after a 110-mile 7-day trek in the Rockies, for example. One supposed advantage of hiking boots is that they keep your feet drier. You sweat inside those boots, and even the best waterproof breathable hiking boots will leave your feet damp from this alone. Add to that that they are rarely entirely waterproof, and you just don't see any advantage here. Hiking shoes, on the other hand, breath well, and when they get well, they dry quickly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When you have been bitten by an insect

 Biting insects can hide in your foot wear. If you do get an insect bite it usually can be treated on the spot. Mosquitoes, gnats and flees bites will not show up immediately so you need to watch the area for any signs of infection. Tick bites you need to cut off the oxygen to the head of the tick to remove the tick safely.   When you have been bitten by an insect you should stop all strenuous activity. Watch for hives and bee's nests around hollow rotted logs and low lying tree limbs too. Black Flies  have a terrible and nasty insect bite that can itch and sting,  black flies will also swarm over you, they will crawl and wiggle to get under clothing to get your skin and bite Unfortunately Deet doesn't work as very good to repel blackflies like it does for mosquitoes When you are stung by a bee or wasp remove the stinger gently and do not squeeze it this could release more venom. If available you need to ice the area of the bite or apple a cold compress. You can use antipruritic creams that can be applied to the area of the bite and keep it clean. If you notice that you are having faintness, difficulty breathing and coughing you could be having a bad reaction to the bite. You need to get to the emergency room immediately or to the nearest doctor.   Watch for redness and swelling in the area of the insect bite. You can purchase first aid kits that are compact and fit into your backpack.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

water sources now have Giardia

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?First, how much water do you need? This has no simple answer. Your fluid requirements will vary greatly depending on the environment you are in and what you are doing.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

that awaits you: a food crisis

This could be the devastating disaster scenario that awaits you: a food crisis like no other, with dozens of millions of people begging for a loaf of bread... and you having to reject life-long friends asking for help... looking your kid in the eye, telling him to eat less... lying awake at night, counting the days until you’ll be forced to put your life at risk and go outside, looking for something to feed them.
Here’s the thing: no matter which disaster strikes... whether it’s an EMP, Martial Law or an economic collapse, you need food in order to survive. And plenty of it. Looking back in history at what happened after some of the biggest events humanity had to face, they all lasted YEARS before things went back to some sort of normal.
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Maple will produce twice as much heat as pine

Pieces of cardboard soaked in candle wax work well, even when wet.
 Dried peat moss  can be used for insulation to turn a light jacket into a warm coat. Just stuff the jacket full without removing it. It can also be used as mattress material or toilet paper. Sleeping bags should not be stored in stuff sacks. This constant compression will eventually crush the insulation, making for less loft and therefore less warmth. Store bags unpacked on a shelf or in a large cloth bag. Cotton balls and materials like that make great fire starters.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to create an Emergency Action Plan EAP

An emergency action plan should be implemented at all athletic events, as well as in office buildings.  An emergency action plan is a well-developed, organized plan of what will happen in the event of certain emergencies.
 Emergency action plans can vary in size and information.  Hang on by each phone that lists the name, address, and phone numbers of the specific location.  Local numbers to the police, fire, hospitals, and poison control should be included.  Add 911 to the list.  Numbers to fellow athletic trainers, team physicians, and other medical personnel can be listed as well.  Put the numbers in order of chain of command.  In emergent situations it is best to lay everything out clearly since things can get hectic.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Family Camping

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cotton is not a good insulator in very cold conditions

 You need to protect yourself from extreme cold and wind. If you are going to spend the day out in the cold you need to eat plenty of carbohydrates. You need to wear several light layers of clothing. The fabrics should allow your skin to breath. Cotton is not a good insulator in very cold conditions. Your outer garments should be made of Gore-Tex type materials they will protect you from the wind. Wear a ski mask, neck warmer or hood will protect your face from frost bite.
  You should avoid drinking alcohol it can worsen hypothermia. Take high protein snacks to eat. Make sure to breath through your nose rather then your mouth this will reduce heat and fluid loss. If you get wet change as soon as possible,wet clothes can bring on hypothermia. Keep your back to the wind and move your fingers and toes to keep the blood flowing. Your biggest heat loss is from your head and feet so keep the warm. Keep your chest warm this will help your heart beat and keep the blood flowing to your extremities.
   To check yourself for frost bite which is a soft tissue injury. Look to see if the effected area appears red then white and the skin is soft to the touch. There are 3 degrees of frostbite.