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How to Buy Skiing and Snowboarding Goggles

Posted by Alex Francis on

It's challenging enough for the beginner skier or rider to know what which winter sports gear they should buy.  In this post, we'll try to break down which goggles first-timers should purchase (and why!) Features to Look for Price: First-timers should look for something relatively affordable.  After all, you aren't even sure yet if winter sports are right for you.  There's no sense in buying top-of-the line skiing or snowboarding goggles, only to find you hate the snow!  So price is a big consideration for this list. Anti-Fogging:  Goggles that fog are a pain--get goggles which have an anti-fog coating, as...

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Hiking with Cats...?

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We came across an interesting article on Backpacker.com, and apparently, it's something of a trend.  While more and more, hikers are bringing their dog along, apparently some are also bringing their cats. You can get some quick tips for hiking with your furry feline here. While you may not want to bring your cat on a super rigorous hike, don't assume your cat isn't up to the challenge!  Just make sure you're watching out for predators, and of course, be prepared to carry your cat if you get tired. If we see more interesting articles like this, we'll be sure...

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First Aid: General Gunshot Wound

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OverviewA lot of first aid questions come about regarding gunshot wounds.  Perhaps it is the result of urban crime, a hunting accident in the country, or something in between.  In any case, there are a few simple things everyone can learn to help prepare them. We should note though, that gunshot wounds come in a wide variety, are often unpredictable, and should always be professional treated by a doctor or hospital as soon as possible.  Most gun shot wounds, of course, don't occur in the hospital.  Having the right knowledge and tools in your first aid kit will help tremendously...

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First Aid: Scratched Eye (Corneal Abrasions)

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Hiking outdoors certainly has it's troubles.  Especially when hiking in dusty or mountainous areas, sometimes your eyes come under attack!  Anything from dust, dirt, wood, or even pine needles can come out of nowhere with a good gust of wind. Afterwards, you may experience pain, redness, or even a gritty feeling in your eyes.  It is likely that your cornea has been scratched.  The cornea is like the "window" to the eye, and as irritating as it might be, at least your eye had some protection. For all corneal abrasions, it is important to see a doctor when you are...

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First Aid: Cuts & Scrapes

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Cuts, gashes, and scrapes are some of the most common ailments in the great outdoors.  Fortunately, most are easily treated, using the most basic first aid kits.  Here's what Rescue Trekker recommends: First, if able, either wash your hands or put on disposable gloves--this will help prevent infecting the newly opened wound.   Second, apply slight pressure using a clean gauze or other clean cloth to stop the bleeding.   Once bleeding has stopped, try to wash the wound with clean water and soap.  (Again, to help prevent infection.)  Try to remove any debris possible from the wound. You can also apply...

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