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.
Oct 11 2006
Autumn Hiking Advice
Autumn is a wonderful time to be outdoors, particularly camping and visiting our National Parks, because there are fewer people present than during summertime. Here are a few safety tips:Even if the day starts with sunshine and no clouds, always a...
Aug 27 2006
Shelf Life of Antivenom
photo by Sherman MintonA reader asks: "What's the shelf life of antivenom and does it have to be refrigerated? Can I take it hiking?" This is a common and important question. To answer the first question, for the newest North American antivenom p...
Aug 22 2006
Managing Contact Lenses in the Wilderness
Bausch & Lomb recently had a recall on its ReNu multi-purpose contact lens solution, because it was linked to serious eye infections caused by fungus of the genus Fusarium. A few researchers believe that the multi-purpose solutions in general ...
Jul 16 2006
Blisters are the bane of hikers. Last October, a group of us hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and blisters nearly knocked a couple of my companions off the trail.
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 ...