Chris on August 18th, 2009

It is still only August, but I am counting the days until we hit North America’s winter.  Skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing are some of my favorite activities.  Those activities mean having bombproof gear that can keep you healthy and safe during the worst weather winter can throw at you.  With that in mind, today […]

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How A back azimuth is very easy to calculate in degrees.  First, shoot your azimuth.  Then, calculate according to the following rules: IF YOUR AZIMUTH IS Less than 180 degrees, then add 180 degrees to get your back azimuth Greater than 180 degrees, then subtract 180 degrees to get your back azimuth Exactly 180 degrees, […]

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Chris on August 17th, 2009

Please comment or email me if there is something you would like to see me cover or if you need further explanation or clarification on any of the posts.  I’m happy to help!

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Medicine for Mountaineering has been one of my favorite texts on backcountry first aid for years and years.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what has changed in the new edition.  If you supplement it with some WFR or EMT training, you will be well prepared to handle the vast majority of situations you’ll face. […]

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Chris on August 14th, 2009

I purchased an Exped Downmat 9 for use on longer trips in severe conditions.  I wanted something that would ensure high quality sleep over trips of duration more than a week.  I only plan on using this when the temperatures at night are expected to be well below 0F and the sleep surfaces may include […]

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I use a probabilistic risk assessment model for my first aid kits.  I keep track of my injuries and illnesses during my trips, and then start to determine what illness and injury I’m likely to face, what things I need to handle those situations, and what the outcome would be if I could not handle […]

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