3 Reasons Why You Need To Bring Along A GPS Before Your Next Hike

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By John Lewis INTRODUCTION When you go for a hike, there are usually two ways of defining your hiking success. First, would be the fact that you are able to move from point A to point B in the quickest manner. Second, is that you have enjoyed your hiking experience a lot! A handheld GPS receiver would be able to help you reach both goals. Of course, do not forget other tools for self-defence and your physical safety as well. If you are skilled at operating your GPS, you would be able to effectively pinpoint the shortest route to your destination …

Extreme Heat and the Human Body

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By Sean Murphy Here in Australia we have survived another summer, and thankfully, winter is here. Early February saw a heat wave hit the central and eastern parts of the country making living conditions unbearable for the vulnerable. Our friends in the northern hemisphere know what it’s like as well to experience the effects of extreme heat, “Lucifer” or “Jolanda” was a heat wave that struck southern Europe 2017. France, Italy and Spain were just a few of the countries that endured excessively hot weather. Following on from previous blogs Extreme Cold and the Human Body and The Effects of …

Before You Hit the Trails Outside, Be Aware of these Safety Tips

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by Lee Flynn Do you need a break from work? Better yet, a break from the stress of everyday life? Are you looking to get a little wilderness therapy? Hiking outdoors is the perfect stress reliever! However, before you get outside, make sure you follow some essential tips to have a safe and fun time in the Great Outdoors. What to Know First, never hit the trails alone. It is best to travel with a buddy at all times. However, if you only plan to be gone a short time, be sure to tell someone where you are going and …

How to Survive in the Wild for 72 Hours

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by Lee Flynn Survival Tips to Help You Get Out of a Wilderness Alive People often go for hiking in wild areas. Most of the hiking trails are places that are not familiar to hikers and thus, they could easily get lost. Losing the trail is not the problem. Real tragedy strikes when you do not know how to survive in the wild until you get help. What do you do when you are in the middle of nowhere and you do not have the basics needs like food, water, shelter, and clothing, as well as other essentials like flashlight …

Extreme Cold and the Human Body

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by Sean Murphy The human body is not designed for extreme cold which is why humanity has inhabited parts of the world with warmer climates what rarely go below zero. Despite some areas of the world being inhabited thanks to communities adapting to their climate, we generally avoid cold conditions. If you’ve experienced sub zero temperatures that go beyond minus zero, for example -20C degrees you would know how debilitating this could be and the effects on the human body. So cold you can feel your muscles seize up and even simple acts like talking or moving your arms feel …

Change your routine for a better camping experience.

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Make a Few Slight Changes to your Camping Routine and have a Blast by Lee Flynn Camping is the ultimate adventure with nature. With the quiet of the country and the bright constellation of evening stars, stress falls away quickly and the whole world seems different. However, with each new trip comes a sameness to the routine. Try a few new challenges to keep the atmosphere giddy and full of surprises. Besides being fun, you can learn a lot about what nature has to offer. The wild has its own set of rules and changing your normal routine to coincide …

Five Things To Do When Preparing for a Natural Disaster

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By Lee Flynn Natural disasters occur infrequently enough that we tend to neglect preparation for them. However, when they occur, they create great tragedies for the majority who are not prepared. Being prepared requires education and time spent buying supplies carefully at the store. 1. Understand Your Local Area’s Natural Disaster Types Many areas, such as the Midwestern United States, are known for a certain type of natural disaster, such as tornadoes. Tornado preparation is different than preparing for a hurricane. A tornado is smaller, and more likely to cause heavy damage within its small path. A tornado’s wind speeds …

Wilderness Cheap Survival Gear under $120

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Wilderness Cheap Survival Gear under $120 Essential Outdoor Survival Gears that Suit Your Budget Going on an adventure and getting intimate with Mother Nature is something that most Australians enjoy. The sun, sea and the bushes are all within striking distance of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. All of these are inviting options after a long week at work. But any day out in the open is also an opportunity for things to go a bit pear-shaped. Injuries do and can happen anytime. And without the proper adventure survival kit, your day off can turn into an experience you’d rather quickly …

Cheap Getaways – Make the most of nature

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by Sean Murphy Don’t have the money for a ski trip to Whistler? Can’t get enough time off work for that ultimate summer in Europe? Does the thought of going to Bali make you cringe? If funds are tight but you are desperate to escape the rat race, the answer could very well be at your doorstep. Sometimes the answer to where to go for the ultimate getaway can be easier than you think. More and more urbanites are escaping to the country for weekend getaways for numerous reasons. For one, it’s cheap, and secondly there’s not that much you …

360 Degrees Emergency Blanket – the ultimate essential item?

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by Sean Murphy When asked “What is the one essential item you need to take with you when hiking?” – what would be your answer? Some would say a GPS device, some would say lots of water, a map or perhaps even a mirror to use as a signalling device if they ever found themselves lost. All of these, of course, would be perfect, but when you are restricted with weight and you need to prepare for the worst, the answer would be something light weight and something that could save your life. The 360 Degrees Emergency blanket is the …

Powertraveller – without boundaries

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The thought that there was a time where the only communication adventurers and hikers had access to were radio’s and public telephones makes the whole concept of going bush like tempting fate. Radios are fine, within a certain distance, and the likelihood of public telephones to be right where you needed one was more like a miracle rather than a reality. A mirror was an essential addition to anyone going out into the wilderness to help get attention in case they were lost or for medical emergencies. And even that relied on being seen by passing cars or search helicopters. …

LifeStraw – Giving the world clean drinking water

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One of the products that ASG was eager to distribute when the business was created, was the LifeStraw Personal made by humanitarian organisation, Vestergaard Frandsen. These filters provide access to safe drinking water by removing disease-causing pathogens that cause waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea in the developing world. These water borne diseases could also be caught when our water systems have the potential of failing during and after natural disasters such as flooding or earthquakes, causing water contamination. Water treatment, water filtration, water purification as well as health and hygiene are paramount in disease prevention and in …