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  • 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 […]

  • Sawyer 7/6/B Water Filter Review

    November 26, 2013

    “When I encountered Sawyer’s products I got a bonus along with all those features: price. Sawyer has come out with some amazing inline filters that due to their design can take 99.9999% of those baddies out of your drinking water and do it while you drink through it… Sawyer has thought a lot about the […]

  • Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter Review

    November 26, 2013

    “Access to potable water is always a concern for adventurers. The Sawyer Squeeze Filter System ($60) is a welcomed new alternative in a field typically limited to iodine tablets, filter pumps, or good old fashion boiling. Its included 12, 16, and 32oz reusable containers are built to hold contaminated water, which is then cleaned by squeezing it […]

  • Sawyer In-Line Water Filter Review

    November 26, 2013

    “My search for the perfect filter is finally at an end… The nice thing about the Sawyer is that it can be used in three different ways. You’re really spoiled for choice. In practice I found it to be excellent — fast, effective, and hassle free. It weighs next to nothing–about 2 oz dry–and is […]