Category Archives: Skills & FAQS

Strategies to prevent heat stress during exercise

For the human body, water is the most important nutrient. Water makes up about 60% of the average person’s weight but can range from 45% to 75% (Campbell & Spano, 2011). Euhydration is a state in which the body water content is adequate to meet a person’s physiologic needs. Hypohydration, a state in which body water content is insufficient and hyperhydration, when the body water content is in excess, both present potential dangers (Campbell &…

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Trail on Slide Mountain at about 3,950'

Hiking in the winter is a dazzling way to experience the backcountry. Besides there being fewer people, you’ll encounter a beauty that you obviously can’t find in the other seasons. However, for the first time winter back-country traveler, it can be daunting. Compared to other seasons your margin for error in winter is less; meaning the mistakes you make are magnified due to the harsh conditions. A few basic tips will help make your first…

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Group of backpackers with hiking / trekking poles

Trekking poles are a common sight today on trails. They aid in your ability to hike safely. Tents manufacturers have made designs to use them for erecting lightweight shelters and there are many ways you can use them together with a tarp for ultralight backpacking. However are the popular tools of the trail all they are cut out to be? Let’s take a look at the basics and you decide. Health and safety benefits of using hiking poles…

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Deer by stream

I bet if you ask 10 people how you prevent “waterborne” illness nine would say treat, filter, and/or boil the water. Guess what, they would be right. However, what if we change the question a bit. How do we prevent backcountry gastrointestinal illness? Now, what do you think? If we look at gastrointestinal diseases contracted in the backcountry, we don’t have good consensus that it’s from the water you drink.  In the journal “Wilderness and Environmental Medicine”, Thomas…

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Hiking gear in the forest

Have you lost stuff on your backcountry trips? We see it, items left at the trailhead waiting for owners to “return” and get them. Usually minor items. One outing we were coming from Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks and there was an expensive Northface jacket draped over the register. A couple of weeks ago we were out on West Kill Mountain in the Catskills and returned to our car via the Diamond Notch Trail. We…

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5/17

Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully. Read more here!

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