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.
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 13 2011
Temperature, Age, Gender, and Kidney Stones
Anyone who has passed a kidney stone will tell you that it is a very unpleasant experience, sometimes accompanied by pain so severe that one literally cannot remain still. We know that many types of kidney stones (e.g., uric acid, calcium oxala...
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 05 2011
Tips to Beat Jet Lag
Jet lag is one scourge of travelers and can certainly render worthless the first few days of a journey. I've personally tried just about all the tricks to avoid or mitigate jet lag, so am always on the lookout for a new tip on how to handle the af...
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...
Dec 29 2010
Foodborne Bacterial Diarrhea
Foodborne bacterial diarrhea is a common problem for backpackers, kayakers, divers—for anyone who ventures into the outdoors and is therefore associated with ingestion of fresh fruits and vegetables, traveling to developing countries, inadequat...
Dec 27 2010
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
photo by Mckeeman at en.wikipediaThese comments are based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxyge...