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.
Feb 04 2007
Although snow cover appears to be nothing more than a thick, homogeneous blanket covering the ground, it is one of the most complex materials found in nature and goes through significant changes in relatively short periods of time.
Jul 24 2006
Wilderness Medicine in Snowmass
The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is holding its Annual Meeting from July 22-26 in Snowmass, Colorado. I'm attending this continuing medical education (CME) meeting, and it's terrific. In addition to presentations from doctors and other medical...
Jul 11 2006
Ice it Down
Athletes know it and do it, and so should you. If you are going to be vigorous on your feet, with your knees, with your shoulders, or any muscle group or joint, inflammation is your nemesis. So, to counteract the irritation, fluid collections, swe...
Jun 29 2006
Temperature Swings on the Trail
At high altitude, where the air is thinner and doesn’t hold as much moisture and molecules to moderate the temperature, the thermal swings can be extreme. On the trail to Everest base camp, the higher we climbed, the greater the were the daily tem...
Jun 26 2006
Hiking on Rocky Trails
Our trail to Everest base camp was challenging, with lots of uphills and downhills, big steps onto boulders and into narrow dirt cracks, and uneven terrain as the rule. Given that falls, ankle sprains, and blisters comprised our biggest risks, an ...
Jun 22 2006
Climb High, Sleep Low
Our trek to Everest base camp began at Lukla, situated in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal at slightly more than 9,000 feet altitude above sea level. This is the usual jumping off point for a hike from the Nepal side into the Everest region, unless you ...
Jun 16 2006
Back from Mt. Everest Base Camp
Welcome to the first post of the Outdoor Health (Wilderness Medicine) Blog on Healthline. I’m very much looking forward to sharing information and thoughts with readers, and even more so to learning from everyone as comments and useful ideas and c...
Jun 16 2006
Volcanic Eruption: Mount Merapi in Indonesia
I was going to write more today about high altitude, but with the current eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia and resultant tragic deaths, I have been asked a lot of questions about the dangers associated with volcanic eruptions, and in particul...