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SEVERAL ITEMS HAVE AN IMMEDIATE 15% REFUND WHICH WILL BE MADE AFTER PURCHASE TRANSACTION IS COMPLETED.

 

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Seasonal Reminder: Dress for the weather, not the car.

You can't always avoid the emergency room. But there are simple things to do that can make the best of a bad situation. Click here for tips to deal with trauma (e.g., broken bones, bleeding, etc), chest pain, abdominal pain, respiratory difficulty, and high fever. More info....

Click here for a listing of first-aid essentials for home, car, pack, or trek.

Finding Firewood

´╗┐Firewood is always a challenge, especially during wet or wintery conditions. Click for a tip...

Wildland Safety.

Always be prepared for survival situations.

 Be Safe Out There. Driving to the trailhead, hiking along the trail or bushwhacking and camping in the backcountry need some special techniques and good equipment. Keep your tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other gear in tip top condition.

Wildlife needs your respect, especially if you are part of their food chain. Learn to incorporate preventative techniques in your normal routine and you’ll not need to be apprehensive while in bear or cougar country.

Safe drinking water is one of your main concerns. Water filters and water purifiers provide safe and convenient water wherever you are.

To fully enjoy the great outdoors you must feel safe and secure. Whether you're new to the wildlands or have spent several years trammeling about, learning or reviewing safety tips is always beneficial.

Be aware of hypothermia whenever in cool, moist windy situations.

So pack up your tent, sleeping bag, and camping gear on your pack frame and get out there. 


NOTE: Please click on bolded words for additional safety information< ><-->

Tips for dealing with insects in the great outdoors.

Mosquitoes.

  • Use insect repellant with a 20% solution of DEET. Wash it off when you get home.
  • Use clothing treated with Permethrin. Buy them pre-treated or apply spray yourself.
  • Wind makes a big difference. Seek ridge routes.
  • Open, sunny areas usually have fewer mosquitoes than do shady, moist areas.
  • Sunset usually marks the start of peak mosquito hours.
  • Don’t scratch the itch! Wash it as soon as possible. Use an anti-itch medicine.
  • Carry some sage or rosemary herbs to toss in the campfire. Citonella candles can help.

Ticks

  • Be especially aware in brushy areas, tall grass and overhanging branches.
  • They are somewhat seasonal – more active in early spring when warm and moist more so than later summer when hot and dry.
  • Use DEET and Permethrin products on skin and clothing.
  • Check neck, legs and waist often.
  • When removing an attached tick, grasp with tweezers close to skin, pull gently straight out. Remove any severed head parts as one would remove a splinter.

Spiders

  • Be cautious when reaching into blind spots.
  • Look before you sit down or lean against a tree (also a good rule in snake country.)
  • Shake out clothing and boots before putting them on.
  • Use a walking stick to clear spider webs from your path.
  • If bitten, wash area, apply cold, rest and elevate the wounded area.
  • Watch and record symptoms.
  • Try to identify the spider; collect if possible.

Bees, Wasps, Hornets. (To be continued)