Safety

Asian Long-Horned Tick

One more crappy reason to still enjoy the outdoors: The Asian long-horned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is spreading rapidly along the Eastern Seaboard. It has been found in seven states and in the heavily populated suburbs of New York City. At the moment, public health experts say they are concerned, but not alarmed. Although domestic American …

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5 Things Jordan Crawford Learned From The Appalachian Trail

I stumbled upon Jordan’s Instagram, and soon after his website because he settled on “trail-ology” to name them both. After reading some of his posts I can see we certainly relate on some level beyond just a word. His piece “5 Things I Learned From The Appalachian Trail” is great (so are many of his …

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Lightning

I love xkcd and his other site “what if?” In the northeast at this point in time (February) lightning is not likely at all, but this post on what if about lightning is electric, and felt the need to share it, especially the video from the what-if post (seen below). Perhaps I can think of a …

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Trail Safe

TRAIL SAFE! is a unique safety training program designed specifically for National Park Service (NPS) Trail Volunteers, but is useful to everyone! It’s based upon NPS Operational Leadership Training, where the Human Factor of safety is explored. Trail Safe! captures the core learning objectives of the 16 hour Operational Leadership course while allowing volunteers to …

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Stairs and Bridges, the Sane and Insane

…marvels and loony beauty The World’s Most Terrifying Bridges (power point of the video below). The World’s Most Dangerous Stairs: link Also see this trailism bridge page and post on the world’s scariest trails.  

The Stair Event

Not exactly stairs on trails, but food for thought anyway. The Stair Event, is the only film on stair use and safety. It is based on the 1978 field study of spectators’ use of stairs at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. The Stair Event from Copycat Video Productions on Vimeo.

Tick Information and Safety

Ticks can harbor: Lyme disease bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi), from Ixodes species including deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) Less common: Babesiosis protozoa (Babesia), from Ixodes scapularis Ehrlichiosis bacteria (Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii bacterial), from Lone Star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), as well as Making People Allergic To Meat Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Anaplasmosis bacteria (Rickettsia rickettsii), from …

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