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The Ten Essentials of Winter Adventures

Bundle up and get outside, even when the trails are snow covered and the wind is nipping at your nose. However, take a hot second to make sure you’re prepared for the winter weather. We’re working on the assumption that you know how to dress for the cold weather and remember to strap on some sort of traction for the icy trails. But what about the ten essentials?! Have you taken the time to winterize your stash of trail must-haves? If not, keep on reading, we’ll get you a few tips and tricks to have your pack ready for wintry adventures.

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Trail Treats: The Best Snacks For Your Adventures

If you’re like us, no matter how fun and exciting your adventure plans, sometimes the snacks you pack is anything but fun and exciting. Often, we plan an adventure at the last minute, grab a couple of the same pre-packaged bars that we always keep in the kitchen, and eventually ingest a mostly tasteless cube of calories for strictly functional reasons, to prevent bonking. Let’s fix that!

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How To Prevent [+ Treat] Snakebites

The best way to treat a snakebite is to avoid snakes, but what if you do get bit? Let’s delve into why snakes bite, what types of snakes have venom, how to prevent snakebites and…worst case scenario…how to treat a snakebite in the wilderness. We discuss both group and solo backcountry treatment methods.

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How to Prevent Heat Stroke [+ Avoid Dehydration]

Heat-related illnesses fall on a spectrum ranging from mild to life-threatening. It’s critical to understand how to prevent these issues, which is a topic covered in detail in a subsequent section. It’s also important to be able to distinguish between different heat-related issues and know how to treat each one, bearing in mind that the goal is to prevent a smaller problem from progressing into more serious conditions.

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Leave No Trace // Why It Is Important

Leave no trace essentially means that when you head outside you should quite literally ‘leave no trace’ of your time spent in the wilderness. While we do want to head outside to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer we need to be careful about how much of an impact we have. The principles of Leave No Trace are there to help keep our impact in check. These principles address everything from where you hike to how you interact with animals to what you do with your poop. Let’s dig in…

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