The Effects of Dehydration on the Human Body

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By Sean Murphy We live in one of the hottest continents on the planet yet we love adventuring. Australians can’t help themselves but go trekking and camping during extreme heat and the toll it can take on the human body if we don’t hydrate ourselves appropriately can be devastating, sometimes leading to hospitalisation or even death. It’s a no brainer that when we exercise whether it’s in the gym out the outdoors, we need to keep our hydration levels up. We lose precious water when we sweat so that fluid needs to be replaced on a regular basis. Dehydration is …

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 …

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 …

Extreme Environments – Wet Weather FIRES

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Murphy’s Law is gonna attack your stove on a cold and wet night. And when it does, life can start to seem pretty grim, especially if the grub you’re carrying needs to be cooked to be eaten. So, rule number one: Always have some extra snack food handy so that even if you can’t cook, you can eat. And rule number two: Know how to build a fire. But building a fire in the snow is a little trickier than in the middle of summer. Here are the basics: Gather all your wood first. Organize it by piece size so …

Extreme Cold Weather Survival

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It is more difficult for you to satisfy your basic water, food and shelter needs in a cold environment than in a warm environment. Even if you have the basic requirements, you must also have adequate protective clothing and the will to survive. The will to survive is as important as the basic needs. There have been incidents when trained and well-equipped individuals have not survived cold weather situations because they lacked the will to live. Conversely, this will has sustained individuals less well-trained and equipped. Weather Survival You must not only have enough clothing to protect you from the …

Wilderness Survival

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When an outdoor accident occurs no matter how slight, or when you realize you are lost, panic is the first reaction we all must encounter and defeat before it brings on more harm. How you handle the effects brought on by panic can determine your rate of success or failure in any outdoor emergency situation. Anyone can become lost, separated or stray too far from camp as night sets in. Just remember that you have within you the ability to protect yourself. Survival is a common element in all human beings, we do it everyday in the concrete and asphalt …