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The Importance of Wilderness Medicine

If you spend any time recreating in outdoor areas – especially more remote areas, where you may be miles from the nearest road, hospital, or glimmer of cell service – you should consider taking a wilderness medicine course.   These are offered by a wide range of outdoor organizations and range in duration from a couple […] Read more…

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Find Your Park: The Centennial Year

There’s a very important birthday coming up later this summer, on August 26th, to be exact.   This date commemorates President Woodrow Wilson’s 1916 signing of legislation officially creating the National Park Service.   The National Park Service is making the most of this historic milestone, with many parks planning special events around the centennial, such as hayrides at Great […] Read more…

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Travel: Perspectives on Pooping

For some people, the idea of pooping in the woods sounds so horrible that they would rather forego wilderness camping entirely: The Glampers – glamorous campers with all the beautiful photographs, but none of the discomforts. For others, the solution is to not poop at all until returning to an actual bathroom: The Willfully Constipated. […] Read more…

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Life Lessons in International Caving

“Malayo ang hospital, mas malapit ang coffins.” The hospital is far, the coffins are closer. Entering Lumiang Cave in Sagada, Philippines and passing rows of ancient burial coffins, our guide’s attempt at a joke contained a ring of truth: hundreds of meters below the earth’s surface is the least ideal place for a serious injury. […] Read more…

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My Favorite Hiking Snacks

Hungry on the trail? Be sure to keep these Hiking Snacks close at hand.  G.O.R.P. G.O.R.P., historically is the go-to hiking snack of backpackers everywhere. The name is an acronym, standing for either “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts,” or “Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts,” depending on who you ask. Fortunately, as the years have progressed GORP […] Read more…

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