Health

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The Importance of a Mosquito Net

Support a worthy cause. Fight malaria and get a cool book in the process. Read more >>

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Water Mint, Mentha aquatica

Water Mint, Mentha aquatica has a wide distribution across Europe (except the far north), Asia and Africa. It is the most common of the wild mints in the British Isles but is less frequent in Scotland. It has a number of food and medicinal uses and is therefore a useful plant to know for foragers and those interested in bushcraft and survival. As its name suggests… Read more >>

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Hottentot Fig, Carpobrotus edulis

The Hottentot Fig, Carpobrotus edulis is a southern African plant. Introduced to Europe, the plant can be found entirely naturalised in some coastal habitats, particularly sea cliffs and sand-dunes. The plant tends be quite… Read more >>

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A Personal Wilderness First Aid Kit: What to Include?

The best wilderness first aid kits are ones where the contents, your experience and the likely risks are in sync. This is why assembling your own kit is the best option. The choice of equipment to include in your kit is a personal one. The process of optimising your first aid kit and training, as well as assessing the risks you might face, improves your wilderness survival skills and maximises your…. Read more >>

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Creeping Death – Hypothermia And How To Avoid It

Every year people die of hypothermia or in hypothermia-related incidents. Hypothermia most commonly takes hold when people are not prepared for it. They are often ill-equipped or dressed in inadequate clothing. They do not understand the contributing factors; they do not recognise the signs and symptoms in themselves or their companions and they do not… Read more >>

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Cold Injuries: Take Care In The Blue Zone

The human body’s mechanisms for staying cool on an extremely hot day are powerful. The human body’s mechanisms for staying warm on a very cold day aren’t nearly as effective. An understanding of how your body is affected by cold will make you more capable in cold environments and help you avoid cold-injuries… Read more >>

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Staying Warm Outdoors: Avoid The Four Horsemen of Heat Loss

Awareness of the risk of hypothermia is pretty good these days but still many people succumb to it.  What’s often lacking is an understanding of the basic rules that govern the heating and cooling of the human body.  This knowledge could make all the difference between an enjoyable trip and a survival situation. Read more >>