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Marine Safety: What to Do if Someone is Drowning

September 22nd, 2016

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury in the United States. When you’re at the local pool, out on your boat or body surfing in the waves, you will want to know what to do in a drowning situation. We’ve shared a few of The American Red Cross Water Safety Basics here but a Life Guard & Water Safety training course is also a great way to get hands-on experience. http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/lifeguarding.

 

 

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Basic First Aid Skills- How to Treat a Blister

September 20th, 2016

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Basic First Aid Skills- How to Treat a Blister

Taken from Adventure Medical Kits’ Wilderness & Travel Medicine Guide, By Dr. Eric A. Weiss

Did you know blisters are one of the most common injuries in the outdoors? Within hours a small rub in your boots can turn into a painful blister. However, with a few basic preventions tricks and early treatment you can protect your feet and keep a blister from interrupting your adventure.

Blister Prevention and Treatment

Prevention-

Eliminate as many of these contributing factors as possible:

Seasickness — How to Avoid it & Treat it

August 19th, 2016

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Plan on sailing this summer and fall? Before you do, check out this post from Adventure®  Medical Kits’ marine medicine consultant Dr. Michael Jacobs for tips on dealing with that common ailment that afflicts many boating enthusiasts — seasickness.

Seasickness (mal de mer) is the sailor’s most common and dreaded ailment; susceptibility is virtually universal. Untreated, seasickness leads to rapid physical and mental deterioration, posing a major hazard to crew health, safety, and morale. Every year, seaworthy yachts are abandoned because their exhausted, seasick, and despondent crews have lost their collective will to persevere. Unfortunately, mariners frequently consider seasickness a medical emergency, and summon unnecessary and potentially hazardous medical evacuations; at the very least, seasickness can ruin a good day on the water for any boater. It is clearly an illness to be reckoned with.

How to Train for the 2016 TransRockies Race at Sea Level

August 15th, 2016

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By Adventure Medical Kits’ Adventurer Heather Gannoe

As I write this post, I am anxiously counting down the days until I fly from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Buena Vista, Colorado. (12 days, to be exact). Thanks to an amazingly generous company, a ton of fantastic friends and family members, and a stroke of good luck that I totally attribute to all of the good running karma I try to put out into the world, my partner Geoff and I will be running the 2016 TransRockies Run. A 6 day stage race that had been on my racing “bucket list” for quite sometime, but had been financially and logistically out of our reach, was suddenly gifted to us, two sea-level dwelling newbie ultra runners who have never been to Colorado.

My Favorite Places to Ski. Dream Destinations with Adventure Medical Kits’ Ambassador Kim Havell:

August 10th, 2016

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Adventure, for me, feels best when you are alone with your team and when you go deep into the environment. And, if you’re going to be remote, you’d better be prepared. So, I always have Adventure Medical Kits with me for my favorite adventures.

Here are Kim’s Top 3 places to Adventure Ski

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Why?

Trail Running Safety Tips: What to Know Before Heading Off-Road

August 5th, 2016

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By Adventure Medical Kits’ Adventurer Heather Gannoe

My introduction to running was in a quiet suburban neighborhood lined with cookie cutter houses and countless cul-de-sacs. It was on these paved streets that I trained for my first 5K and eventually my first four full marathons. For years I pounded the monotonous pavement roads and cement sidewalks, and developed a love for running.

Or so I thought.

What’s in My Pack: Summer Skiing in the Tetons with Adventurer Thomas Woodson

July 23rd, 2016

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I have a pretty good streak for going skiing every month. 35 to be exact — every month since I moved west and started skiing. During these lonely summer months most of my friends have packed up their gear and look at me with insanity when I’m searching for partners. This leaves me on my own, hiking for hours, searching out the last glimpse of shrinking glaciers in the Rocky Mountains.

Prepare for the 2016 Hurricane Season

July 20th, 2016

 

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The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 2016 to be an active hurricane season according to data from the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Hurricane season is six month long and begins in June. Gulf Coast and Atlantic states are usually the most affected by hurricanes.

The predictions for hurricane seasons are based on three factors according to the NOAA¹:

  • Water temperatures  in the Atlantic and Caribbean
  •  El Niño or La Nina weather formations
  • Patterns of atmospheric patterns like strong African monsoon that have been responsible for high hurricane activity in the past

Hitting the Trails With Your Kids: Tips to Foster Their Love of the Outdoors

July 18th, 2016

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Hitting the Trails With Your Kids: Tips to Foster Their Love of the Outdoors

By Heather Gannoe

To some of us, being in the woods, on the trails, or at the summit of a mountain is the most peaceful, magical place we can dream of. As parents, we naturally want our kids to experience and be part of that same magic, as well as develop their own love for the great outdoors. Before my kids could even walk, I dreamt of the day I could take them on adventures or out running with me. In that daydream, we all smiled from ear to ear, the sun beaming down on our faces between the trees, as we all happily gallivanted through the woods.

Finding Water in the Wild-Survive Outdoors Longer Survival Tips

July 16th, 2016

SURVIVE OUTDOORS LONGER- Survival Skills to know if your adventure turns into a misadventure.

Anytime you’re a few hours off the trail or deep in the backcountry, you are assuming risk and should be prepared for potentially life threatening situations like getting lost or injured. That’s why it’s good to know some basic outdoor survival skills. Follow our series for the Water, Fire, Shelter and Signaling tips you’ll need to survive.

Taken from Wilderness First Aid and Survival download By Eric A. Weiss M.D. and Adventure® Medical Kits

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