Wilderness Environmental Hazards

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A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation

You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we have the attitude, skills, knowledge and equipment to see us through […] Read more >>

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Water Purification: The 5 Contaminants You Need to Know About

We can’t tell whether fresh water it is safe to drink by looking at it. Unless, for example, the water is obviously stagnant, dirty or oily we cannot visually determine the presence of… Read more >>

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Hemlock, Conium maculatum

Hemlock, Conium maculatum is a notoriously poisonous plant. It has large, lacy leaves and purple spots and streaks on the stems. It is found, naturalised, in many parts of the world and usually found on poorly drained soils, roadsides, field edges and… Read more >>

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 >> 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 >>