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Cotton Kills: Beware

November 11, 2011

Heed the warning: “Cotton kills.” That’s right, it’s not just a cliche. It can really kill you while hiking by contributing to deadly hypothermia.

Instead, opt for synthetic fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin. Stay safe. Shun cotton.

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Natural Remedies for Insect Bites

April 25, 2011

While hiking, we can get all sorts of insect bites. Here are some great articles on how to treat these bites with natural remedies.

Natural Health Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings | Jeweled Web

Almost anywhere you reside on this planet there are small creatures, tiny insects that attack to sting or bite you, either because they see you as a threat to.

Publish Date: 04/10/2011 4:11

http://www.jeweledweb.com/natural-health-remedies-for-insect-bites-and-stings/

Natural Medicine & First Aid – Stings and Insect Bites | Wirral

Here are some natural remedies to disinfect, soothe, and prevent further swelling of bug bites and stings that should be prepared and kept in the first aid box, along with first aid procedure for removing a bee or wasp stinger. …

Publish Date: 04/10/2011 6:40

http://wirralwaspsnest.com/2011/04/natural-medicine-first-aid-stings-and-insect-bites/

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Hiking Is Good for You, Mentally

Mountain Sickness and Gingko Biloba

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Ways to Purify Water While Hiking

April 24, 2011

Water comprises most of our bodies and is essential to hiking. Here are some great articles on how to purify water during your trip. Enjoy!

Water Purification and Camping

So, while hiking or backpacking in the wilderness, you be the judge whether to always purify your water or to take a well-informed assessment approach and enjoying some of the best tasting water on the planet. …

Publish Date: 07/30/2009 12:58

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/hydration/water-purification-camping

Water Purification Systems for Camping, Hiking, Backpacking or RV

For instance, a camping water purification is very effective, but it should also be quite portable. While many people will simply bring along a water purifier that has been mounted on a pitcher, this might not be ideal when you are …

Publish Date: 04/09/2011 4:34

http://backpackingtravel.org/water-purification-systems-for-camping-hiking-backpacking-or-rv

The Importance Of Water Purification Whilst Camping | Just VERB-IT

This is why when camping or hiking it is essential to have a number of water purification methods at your disposal to ensure your water supply is safe and clean. The most common waterborne bacteria are giardia, … While this may be ideal for cooking, it can seriously affect the quality of drinking water. There is however a solution to this problem with some drops adding a citrus flavour while they purify. Using chemical solutions can also cause problems if used for …

Publish Date: 04/22/2011 12:14

http://www.verb-it.com/the-importance-of-water-purification-whilst-camping/

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Winter Hiking: How to Stay Warm When Temperatures Are Cold

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Hiking With Your Dog

September 9, 2010
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Hiking with your dog not only provides a great bonding time but also keeps your pet happy and healthy. Here are some great safety tips on making that hiking time an enjoyable and safe one.

13 Tips for Dog Friendly Hiking

The tag should have your cell phone number and any other information that someone might need if they find your dog. Here’s what we put on Ty and Buster’s tags. 9 – Watch out if it’s hunting season. Take extra precaution when hiking

Publish Date: 08/20/2010 3:00

http://www.gopetfriendlyblog.com/2010/08/13-tips-for-dog-friendly-hiking/

Safety Tips When Hiking With your Dog

There are a few things you should be aware of and you have to take responsibility as so to protect your dog from being hurt or even killed. Below are a few risks associated with taking your dog out hiking or traveling other outdoor …

Publish Date: 08/29/2010 22:29

http://fidoscityguide.com/info/2010/08/30/safety-tips-when-hiking-with-your-dog/

Hot dog! Prevent heatstroke and heat injuries in your pets.

If you take your dog walking, hiking, or running, don’t overwork him as this can cause heatstroke. If your dog shows signs of heat stroke get into air conditioning as soon as possible. Some of the signs include uncontrollable panting, …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 10:29

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Take Your Children Hiking

August 26, 2010
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Hiking with your children can seem a like a daunting “task”. Here are some ways to make that “task” into a fun activity that you and your family can enjoy.

Take Kids Hiking and Lower Childhood Obesity: Families Hiking

Hiking with children offers a myriad of rewards such as reduced childhood obesity, a greater attention span, and a heightened awareness of the natural world. Kids hiking with families create lasting bonds, become more physically fit and …

Publish Date: 03/30/2010 23:01

http://www.suite101.com/content/take-kids-hiking-to-lower-childhood-obesity-a215606

Hiking With Young Children: Getting Outdoors With Kids Under Five

With patience and flexibility, parents can continue to enjoy hiking while spending quality time with young children and fostering a connection with the natural world. … Young children focus on their immediate surroundings. Rather than focusing on the destination or the physical achievement of a hike, children experience a hike directly through their senses. They move slowly, take in the details, and stop when something catches their attention. Children take the time to …

Publish Date: 06/26/2008 22:41

http://www.suite101.com/content/hiking-with-young-children-a58333

Take your kids hiking: 10 tips to make the adventure fun for the

Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age, but it can also be intimidating for the parent planner. We challenge you to get the kids in your life out on the trail this summer, because part of …

Publish Date: 06/03/2010 16:14

http://wilderness.org/content/take-your-kids-hiking-10-tips-make-adventure-fun-whole-family

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How to Use Hiking Poles

August 26, 2010
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Hiking poles can be very useful while hiking, especially if you have weaker knees. Here is some information on what hiking poles are and how to use them.

Using Trekking Poles: Poles Can Assist a Hiker in Many Ways During

However, the first thing is the proper name. Don’t refer them as a “walking stick”. Use the term “trekking pole” or “hiking pole” to differentiate from the image of a broken down old-timer shuffling along the track. …

Publish Date: 02/23/2008 23:50

http://www.suite101.com/content/using-trekking-poles-a45645

Consumer Reports Health Blog: Hiking poles: 4 legs are better than 2

How to use them: Adjust the poles, if possible, so they’re comfortable for your height. Make them longer for descents, shorter for uphill climbs. Let them move naturally with the rhythm of your walking, shifting weight to them as …

Publish Date: 08/18/2010 3:00

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2010/08/hiking-poles-four-legs-are-better-than-two-hiking-tips-protecting-your-muscles-preventing-injury.html

Trekking Poles: What are They?

Other Cool Uses. Trekking poles can come in handy for several purposes besides hiking. They can be used as support poles for setting up a tarp shelter. Because they are adjustable, the poles can be lengthened or shortened for the …

Publish Date: 07/12/2007 1:00

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Winter Hiking: How to Stay Warm When Temperatures Are Cold

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Edible Wild Plants

August 25, 2010
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Whether you are in your backyard or out hiking, edible wild plants are always interesting and sometimes important to know. If you happen to be hiking and get lost, you can rely on nature to provide food. Here are some articles on edible wild plants.

Naturalist Steve Brill Introduces Nature’s Gifts:Edible

suprememastertv.com – HEALTHY LIVING – Naturalist Steve Brill Introduces Nature’s Gifts & Medicinal Wild Plants – Part 1, Episode: 627, Air Date: 2 – June- 2008.

Publish Date: 08/15/2010 4:50

http://healthy-tips.org/naturalist-steve-brill-introduces-natures-giftsedible-medicinal-wild-plants-part-1/

Wild Edibles: The Daylily | Tactical Intelligence

Wild Edibles: The Daylily. by Tactical Intelligence on July 2nd, 2010. Disclaimer: Eating certain wild plants can be deadly!! Be certain to consult a professional (or a really good field guide) in order to positively identify this plant before trying this for yourself. The owners of this site … Light-green basal leaves that are long and sword-like with pointed tips. Root is a tangle of small tubers. The tubers are around pea size to about the size of a large almond. …

Publish Date: 07/02/2010 13:39

http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/wild-edibles-the-daylily.htm

Edible wild plants: Stinging nettle – Urtica dioica (Wilderness

Young plants were harvested by Native Americans and used as a cooked plant in spring when other food plants were scarce. Brought to you by an online resource of Garden Ideas online.

Publish Date: 07/21/2010 18:16

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Five Edible Wild Plants You Can Pick Yourself | Green Prophet

Wild Nettles. See more great posts on Green Prophet by Hannah Katsman: Twelve Tips for Saving Water in the Kitchen. Ten Common Misconceptions about Breastfeeding Your Baby. Hannah’s website on frugal cooking can be found at CookingManager. Com. Browse topics: cooking, plants … Chef Moshe Basson Revives Food Traditions In Israel | Green Prophet • February 11th, 2010 • 1:19 pm. […] Five Edible Wild Plants You Can Pick Yourself […] …

Publish Date: 01/20/2010 3:26

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Hiking Tips: Dehydration on The Trail

August 5, 2010
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Dehydration is a serious illness while hiking. So much of our bodies are made up of water; we need to make sure that we are keeping ourselves well hydrated so that we can keep healthy and enjoy our hikes. Question is, how do we know the signs of dehydration? Here is a great article that goes over the prevention, symptoms and treatment of dehydration.

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Hiking Tips: Poisonous Plants

August 4, 2010
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Hiking is such a fun and enjoyable experience. However, something as simple as touching a seemingly harmless plant can turn that fun into pain. Here are some articles on identifying some common poisonous plants so that you may have a safe and enjoyable hike.

Hiking Tips # 2 — Avoiding Toxic Relationships (with plants).

Poisonous plants are as common as they are irritating. The allergic reaction to Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac can make a hiking trip memorable for the wrong reasons. Plants of Poison There are three major types of poisonous plants in North …

Publish Date: 04/28/2010 14:45

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Identifying Poison Ivy and Poison Ivy Relief Options | Hiking Revealed

These plants are Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. Poison Ivy, by far, is the most common culprit. The first point of defense to avoiding transmission is by identifying Poison Ivy on the hiking trail. Identifying Poison Ivy – The …

Publish Date: 07/24/2010 18:17

http://www.hikingrevealed.com/identifying-poison-ivy-poison-ivy-relief

How To Identify Poison Ivy | Mike’s Backyard Nursery

thanks mike for your information video on poison ivy . im sure you help more then one person identify this plant and stay clear off it. i know all about this plant had 3 very bad encounters with it . like you said it hides on you like …… In 1950, in India, I had a contact with some plant in the mountains and got the rash. Another person hiking with me told me to look for a plant, the look alike of spinach close to the plant which gave me the rash and rub the juice of …

Publish Date: 07/01/2010 17:13

http://www.mikesbackyardnursery.com/2010/07/how-to-identify-poison-ivy/

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Hiking Tips: Food for Energy on the Trail

July 20, 2010

Hiking, especially on long trails, require energy. Here are some articles on how to sustain your energy while hiking.

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Maintaining your enery on the trail | Great Outdoors Tips with

Eat an energy bar or a good part of an energy bar at least every 2 to 2 1/2 hours while hiking energetically. Oh, one more thing. Carrying energy-dense foods for energy on the trail gives you an added advantage. …

Publish Date: 07/14/2010 12:09

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/?p=8379

Precautions while trekking | Travel First Aid Kit Shop

The more you go, the more energy you need. Maintain your energy by eating at regular intervals. Do not eat large portions, but rely on energy bars or fruit snacks. Drinkwater Water is the elixir of life or it is believed. … Any good sports brand you can recommend good hiking shoes. Socks Most trekking areas are cold. So, warm clothes and thick wool socks should be selected for trekking. Wool mixed with plastics is useful because it prevents moisture on feet. Fitness …

Publish Date: 07/17/2010 11:03

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Hiking and Camping Food | Colorado Hiking

The best hiking and camping food is easily transportable, easy to fix, and tastes good. If you’re not going to look forward to eating it, don’t take it along just because it happens to be lightweight and is labeled camping food. …

Publish Date: 06/29/2010 13:59

http://www.coloradohiking.org/hiking-and-camping-food.html

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