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  • Sawyer’s Sting Kit – Changes a Village

    December 23, 2013

    About 80% of the one million people living in the NE Indian state of Mizoram belong to the Mizo tribe. They claim to be almost 100% Christian. Well over two thousand Mizos are full time missionaries, mainly throughout India, but also to other tribes in Mizoram and around the world, including the USA and Canada, […]

  • The Risks of Unclean Water

    December 17, 2013

    So you’re hiking in the mountains of some far off land and you stumble across a babbling brook of crystal clear water. You’re thirsty so you cup your hands together and dip them beneath the cool, rippling surface then raising the water to your lips you finally taste the refreshing life giver that is mountain […]

  • How the Sun Affects Your Layers of Skin

    December 13, 2013

    The skin forms the entire external covering of the body. In terms of surface area and weight, it is one of the largest organs of the body. It performs major functions as follows: Protection. The skin serves as a barrier that prevents microorganisms and other substances from entering the body. Body Temperature Regulation. Considerable heat […]

  • First Aid: Things to Consider on Your Trip

    December 11, 2013

    For long or more challenging trips, it is important to pack a larger selection of common items and even some additional items such as: Additional bandages: Gauze pads, “ACE” bandages and butterfly bandages. Additional drugs/lotions: Ointments for wound healing and relief of skin irritations Additional tools: An arm Sling, SAM splint, a thermometer, some forceps, […]

  • Permethrin & Ticks

    December 11, 2013

    LYME DISEASE A tick-infected disease of the Borrelia burgdorferi, a spirochete bacteria that progresses through 3 stages of acute symptoms to chronic illness. Lyme is rarely fatal, but is crippling and debilitating if not treated with antibiotic therapy. Stage 1: any combination of headache, chills, nausea, fever, spreading rash, aching joints, fatigue. Stage 2: complications […]

  • Understanding UVA and UVB

    December 11, 2013

    Our purpose here is to explain the differences in UVA and UVB and to show the changes that have been mandated by FDA to call a sunscreen “Broad Spectrum.” We will cover the following topics.   Relationship To better understand the difference between UVA and UVB, let’s look at it this way. The sun has […]

  • Sawyer Sunscreen Systems

    November 27, 2013

      When sunscreens were first introduced in the 1970′s, the “Sun Protection Factor” (SPF) was a great step forward in helping people understand how to get better protection. Since then, the industry has made great improvements both in the chemical formulations and in understanding how the skin protects itself. Research done by Sawyer’s technical partner CCI […]

  • Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter Named 2011 Backpacker’s Editors’ Picks

    November 26, 2013

    “Least-loved chore upon reaching camp: Squatting on sore knees over a stream to pump water. New option: this superlight (3 oz.) rig, in which the filter element screws onto a 16-, 32-, or 64-ounce bag that you can fill from all but the weakest trickles and cart to a comfortable seat. Squeeze the bag to […]

  • Survival Cache Review: Sawyer Extractor

    November 26, 2013

    “The Sawyer Extractor is the best first aid application for poisonous snake bites as well as insect bites and stings. While it is prominently known as a first aid measure for a dangerous snake bite, it is equally effective for relief from mosquito bites or bee stings… With such a great tool available there is […]

  • Sawyer Premium Sunblock & Insect Repellent Review

    November 26, 2013

    “No sunburn. No insect bites. No DEET. No kidding. If there’s a more indispensable travel item than this, we’ve yet to find it. Sawyer Premium Sun Block and Insect Repellent offers up to eight hours of protection from UVA/UVB rays (SPF 30) AND mosquito bites. Waterproof, sweat-proof and completely DEET-free, it won’t clog pores. So […]