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Sunday, December 2, 2012

List of Videos for Surviving the Wilderness

List of Videos for Surviving the Wilderness

Appalachian Trail reopens after firefighters contain large wildfire in north Georgia mountains - The Washington Post

Authorities say the Black Mountain Fire began Saturday, near the Black Mountain and Springer Mountain areas of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The area is near the Dawson, Gilmer, Fannin and Lumpkin county lines.


Appalachian Trail reopens after firefighters contain large wildfire in north Georgia mountains - The Washington Post

11 Ways A Condom Can Save Your Life: Multi-functional survival uses for a CONDOM. |


Very information article that could save your life; keep an open wound clean as you work to protect it and your self, and some other very interesting ideas.  A great place to keep your matches with fire starter material in an emergency, as well!


11 Ways A Condom Can Save Your Life: Multi-functional survival uses for a CONDOM. |

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Appalachian Trial Hiker Calls 911 In Tennessee - Snow Drifts Stop HIm In His Tracks.

November 02, 2012

A man trying to hike the entire 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail was rescued Friday after calling 911 to say he didn't think he'd be able to make it out of a section in Tennessee because he was blocked by snowdrifts up to 5 feet high.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said rescuers used two helicopters to lift out 56-year-old Steven Ainsworth, of Washington, N.C. Schroer says Ainsworth was airlifted to a Gatlinburg airport and then transferred to a medical center in Sevierville for evaluation. LeConte Medical Center spokeswoman Amanda Palletz said he was in stable condition.
Schroer said Ainsworth started his trip in June, heading south from Maine, determined to hike the trail end-to-end in a single season. The trek is known as a thru-hike. The trail ends in north Georgia, so Ainsworth was nearing the finish.

Ainsworth had started this section of the trail at Davenport Gap on Monday, Schroer said.
Some higher elevations of East Tennessee started getting snow from Superstorm Sandy on Monday, and by Thursday, the 6,600-foot Mount LeConte on the Tennessee side of the mountain range had received 32 inches of snow.

She says Ainsworth was somewhere on the trail between Pecks Corner and Tricorner Knob shelters when he used his cellphone to call 911 on Thursday afternoon.
The park sent two rangers on foot to try to reach him Thursday. But after a nine-hour hike in steep terrain, high winds and 4- to 5-foot drifts, they had to temporarily take shelter in a cabin to rest.
On Friday morning, Ainsworth again called authorities to say he made it through the night by hunkering down, but park officials did not know if he had any kind of shelter. He told park authorities that he may not be able to walk out.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers in a helicopter found him by tracing his footprints in the snow from a shelter he had stayed in overnight and used a hoist to lower a trooper down to recover the hiker in chest-high snow.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What to do if Snake Bitten on the Applachian Trail


Jim Hall is health reporter at The Free Lance-Star
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A reader, Paul Shelton, was critical of me and the story I did last week about the snake bite scene in the movie “True Grit.” He complained that I did “half an article” and wanted me to report the “whole story.”
Hailee Steinfeld plays Mattie Ross in the latest version of "True Grit."

I reported that the original “True Grit” novel by Charles Portis and both movie versions, the 2010 version with Jeff Bridges and the 1969 version with John Wayne, contain a scene with a questionable bit of first aid. In the scene, Rooster Cogburn lances Mattie Ross’ snake bite wound and sucks the poison from it.

Dr. Christopher Holstege, medical director at the Blue Ridge Poison Center in Charlottesville, told me he didn’t like Rooster’s first aid and recommended not “cutting and sucking.” Instead, he recommended putting  the patient in a position of comfort and going to the nearest ER.
That prompted this from Shelton:
First of all: There were no ER’s when John Wayne treated Mattie! Second: What idiot would not go an ER if snake bitten?You should have asked that doctor what he would do if he were bitten while hiking the Appalachian Trail, or say, the Blue Ridge or Rocky mountains, miles from any ER, vehicle or other people!
I bet he would change his tune and attempt…maybe even the exact same method as Rooster Cogburn!!! At best, you wrote “half an article.” You should have gone deeper and given readers “the whole story!”
I did as Mr. Shelton suggested and wrote to Dr. Holstege yesterday to ask him what he would recommend for someone who is bitten in a remote area like the Appalachian Trail. This was his reply:
I would do nothing different for first aid if I was hours/days from a facility.  A common error is ‘we must do something.’  Sometimes the best treatment is to do nothing.   Evidence clearly demonstrates that old first aid measures (e.g., suction, tourniquets, incision) only do harm regardless of time to care.


What if that snake bite occurs on the Appalachian Trail? « Rapid Assessment

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