Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.
May 06 2011
Brief Introduction to Search and Rescue
Finding lost persons in the wilderness is, unfortunately, increasingly necessary as greater numbers of persons explore in the outdoors. Beyond the need to find explorers in remote environments, there is the common situation of a young child wan...
Apr 21 2011
Smart Phones and Crisis Mapping
Crisis Map of Haiti, 2010, via the OpenStreetMap projectI’d like to use this post to mention a new concept for wilderness medicine that was introduced to me at the Wilderness Medical Society annual meeting this past summer in Snowmass by Satchi...
Apr 11 2011
Rescue Essentials: The Outdoor Gear You Need
Wilderness medicine folks are often considered to be “gearheads.” That is, we love to try out new outdoor equipment, whether it is for our activities, search and rescue, or personal safety. Improvisation is important, but it’s better to have wh...
Mar 31 2011
Single Lens Distance Vision Glasses & Outdoor Falls
Like many others my age, my vision is changing. The major change I am encountering at my ripe old age is presbyopia, which is a decreased ability to focus my eyes on objects near to me. This is caused by loss of elasticity of the lenses within ...
Jan 21 2011
Guest Post: Steroids and Acute Mountain Sickness
Dexamethasone (Decadron), a powerful steroid medication, has become increasingly popular for prevention and treatment in certain circles. While there is ample evidence to suggest that dexamethasone is effective, a recent case report highlights tha...
Jan 20 2011
Book Review: Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within
HKFS8XPMXETYX - Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within is a small book written by Kathy and Craig Copeland and published through their company, hikingcamping.com. Here is a summary from the website, where the book can be purchased for $15 Can...
Jan 14 2011
Guest Post: Studying Aconcagua, the Highest Mountain in the Americas
At 22,841 feet (6962 meters), Aconcagua is one of the seven summits and the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia. It is situated in the Andes mountain range, near the Argentina-Chile border. Aconcagua has 6,000 trekkers annually, many of ...
Jan 10 2011
Book Review: "One Move Too Many..."
One Move Too Many…How To Understand The Injuries And Overuse Syndromes of Rock Climbing is written by Thomas Hochholzer and Volker Schoeeffl, and edited by Sam Lightner Jr. It’s a tight and tidy 230-page paperback book published by Lochner-Verl...
Jan 03 2011
Wilderness Medical Society's 19th Annual Winter Meeting
The Wilderness Medical Society is holding its 19th Annual Winter Meeting at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah from February 5-9, 2011.
Dec 29 2010
Guest Post: Climbing With Comet Tails
Most of us who’ve spent long periods of time at high altitude are familiar with the condition known as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). This is a situation of excess fluid in the lungs. Although full-blown HAPE is rare, its symptoms of cou...