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Backpacking Trip Checklist

Backpacking Trip Checklist

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Here is a quick list of essentials to pack for an overnight backpacking trip sponsored by GORP or on your own...

Camping in a Hammock

Camping in a Hammock

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Have you ever considered using a hammock as an alternative to the traditional tent? Many others have! Hammocks are becoming quite popular not only for backpackers but also for the common camper...

Chiggers! And how to avoid them...

Chiggers! And how to avoid them...

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Chiggers are tiny bugs that are known for delivering bites that itch intensely. If you have ever been out in the woods or an open field in spring, summer or fall, you may have gotten chiggers around your waistband or on your ankles. They leave red, itchy bumps on your skin...

Hiking Safety and Health Tips

Hiking Safety and Health Tips

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Hiking and camping provide exercise and interest for people of any age. Just getting out and walking around is a wonderful way to see nature. Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to help provide a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow common sense safety precautions...

Hypothermia - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Hypothermia - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

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Hypothermia is a cold injury caused by a lowering of the core body temperature to a level where normal function is impaired. It can affect the muscles as well as the brain. Hypothermic patients need to be warmed back up to normal temperature, which is often difficult to do in the backcountry...

Leave No Trace!

Leave No Trace!

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?In wilderness is the preservation of the world?
-Henry David Thoreau
This note addresses how you can be "Green-wise" in the outdoors. Good information for us all to live by!...

Poison Ivy Prevention and Treatment

Poison Ivy Prevention and Treatment

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As the weather warms up and we engage in more outdoor activities, we face a common enemy: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Here are some basic facts about these annoying plants, as well as some tips on protecting yourself from their noxious effect: a blistery, itchy rash that may last for several weeks...

Staying Warm when Tent Camping

Staying Warm when Tent Camping

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Cold weather sleeping bags with a barrier between the ground and the sleeping bag are important. A foam mat or air mattress used for comfort during summer camping, doubles as a ground barrier for cold weather camping...

Venomous Snakes of Georgia

Venomous Snakes of Georgia

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Georgia is home to over 40 different types of snakes but only 6 of these are poisonous. Knowing the difference between a poisonous snake and a non-poisonous snake could mean life or death in some situations...

Winter Backpacking - Food and Gear

Winter Backpacking - Food and Gear

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Just because it is cold outside does not mean you have to curtail your outdoors adventures. In fact, it can be better than sweating through another steamy night in a tent! This hiker note will prepare you to become a "cold hiker!"...