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Lending Some Adventure

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
ANDREW PRINGLE OF THE WASHINGTON TRAILS ASSOCIATION POSES IN A SEATTLE GEAR LIBRARY SPACE THAT THE ORGANIZATION RECENTLY OUTGREW, DUE TO DEMAND. (PHOTO COURTESY OF OUTDOORS EMPOWERED NETWORK.)
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Kids who spend  time in wild nature reap all kinds of benefits, including improved physical and mental health, lower stress, and higher confidence. Yet many kids and their families have never camped nor hiked. The biggest  barrier to getting in the woods? The significant cost of outdoor gear. Now, “gear libraries” across the United States are addressing this challenge by enabling many organizations serving youths to use borrowed gear—for free.

Basic First Aid Skills-Identifying and Addressing Altitude Sickness

Monday, October 10th, 2016

thinkstock_people-with-dog-hikingMountain sickness is an illness that can affect mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or travelers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). On your next trip to the mountains, be sure to watch yourself and your companions for signs of altitude sickness as you travel to higher elevations.

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

What causes Altitude Illness or Mountain Sickness? Altitude Illness is a direct result of the reduced barometric pressure and concentration of oxygen in the air at high elevations. The lower pressure makes the air less dense, so each time we breathe each inhalation contains fewer oxygen molecules and the body begins to feel deprived resulting in headaches, shortness of breath, weakness and nausea.

Seasickness — How to Avoid it & Treat it

Friday, 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.

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

Wednesday, 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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Antarctica

Why?

3 Useful & Life Saving Items You Should Take On Your Next Adventure

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Reflection of mountains and trees in water, Moor Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

3 Insanely Useful & Life Saving Items You Should Take On Your Next Adventure

So you are heading out to explore the Allagash Wilderness of Maine, backpacking in the Sierras or mountain biking an old logging road. You’ve got the gear packed and the posse assembled, but have you thought about the fact that you’ll be 20 miles from a road? That means your crew will be depending upon each other in case something goes down.

Basic First Aid Skills- How to Treat a Sprained Ankle

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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Adventure Medical Kits Empowers You Series

Heading out into the wilderness can be an amazing experience that allows you to explore remote areas and challenge yourself. As a smart adventurer, you’ve probably already taken the steps to prepare for your journey by bringing along the basics for survival (Food, Water, Shelter, First Aid Kit, extra Clothing ) and knowing the terrain. But anytime you’re a few hours from advanced medical care, you are assuming risk and should be prepared for injuries and illnesses. That’s why it’s good to know some first aid basics. In our Adventure Medical Kits Empowers You Series, we’ve compiled a list of skills and treatments we consider essential for anyone who goes out in the backcountry. Our articles are not a substitute for professional medical training or treatment. We recommend taking a full Wilderness First Aid course for more comprehensive knowledge and seeking professional care as soon possible.

What’s in Rebecca Rusch’s pack for Cycling

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

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By Adventure Medical Kits Ambassador Rebecca Rusch

When she’s headed out on the trail, Rebecca carries essential gear to make sure she’s ready for anything!

Red Bull: because it #GivesYouWings, Seriously I drink Red Bull to energize a hard workout, to get me out the door if I’m feeling tired.

GU Octane gel: GU is my go to nutrition for riding.

CrankBrothers multi-tool with chain breaker. Plus an extra SRAM quick link for a chain repair if needed (this is in the red packet below the tool) The bike tool is an essential item for trailside maintenance and adjustments on the bike.

My Ultralight/Watertight .7 Medical Kit saved my leg! Thanks!!!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Submitted By: Holly G

I was at the gym working on my box jumps when my foot slipped. I didn’t realize I was that hurt until my trainer pointed to the blood all over my pants and shoe. He got some bandaids and alcohol wipes from their first aid kit but we both felt that this wasn’t adequate. As I got ready for work my leg continued to bleed. When I arrived at work, I called my friend, a nurse, and she told me how to treat my wound but if I couldn’t get it cleaned properly and the bleeding to stop I would need to go to the Emergency room. I looked but our office first aid kit didn’t have what I needed. Then I remembered that I had my Adventure Medical Kit in my car with my hiking stuff. Sure enough everything I needed was there. No emergency room needed. I didn’t miss a day of work at the emergency room or the cost of my high copay. My adventure medical kit paid for itself many times over already. I’m going to buy an extra one just for my car.

Lightning Strike Treatment

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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LIGHTNING STRIKE TREATMENT

Excerpt from A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine, by Eric A. Weiss, M.D.

Lightning kills more people every year in the United States than all other natural disasters combined. Read our post on minimizing risk of lightning strike to prevent injury.

LIGHTNING CAN CAUSE INJURY BY FOUR MECHANISMS:

Lightning Safety

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Incidences of lightning strikes are more common in the Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Atlantic regions of the United States because these regions have thunderstorms more frequently than the rest of the country, as shown in the image below.¹ An estimated 400 lightning injuries occur annually based on data averaged over the last decade.² Lightning danger is no joke or freak accident. The Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Journal has some safety recommendations that can help minimize your risk of a strike if you find yourself outside in a thunderstorm.

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Know the warning signs for thunderstorms:

  • Building Cumulonimbus clouds (pictured below)