Who’s Your Buddy?

As trip leaders, we are responsible for keeping a watchful eye on our groups, regardless of their number. With so many things that require our attention, a larger group size can benefit from what we call “The Buddy System.” What is The Buddy System? Pairing our campers or clients together to have them look after…

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Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke – When to be Concerned

As temperatures rise all over the country, so does the risk of heat related illness; especially for those who are outdoors engaging in strenuous physical activity. Before you head out into the heat, make sure you are adequately prepared; dress appropriately for the weather conditions, stay hydrated and protected from the sun. Take a few…

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Why Invest in a Wilderness First Aid Course?

It could happen to anyone. In just a moment, a peaceful hike in the woods can become a serious situation when your companion has an accident or sustains an injury such as a sprain or fracture. You may be miles from the trailhead and hours from help. Would you know what to do? Treating injuries…

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Preventing Tick Bites

Recently, a study showed that Lyme disease increased 82 percent over a five-year period in Indiana. It sounds pretty bad, but that’s just 62 cases in 2009 (latest data), up from 34 in 2005. Unfortunately, ticks are a fact of life for those who love to be outdoors. In just about any wilderness setting, there…

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