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ASA and Heart Attacks

You will notice that we include “chewable” ASA (acetyl salicylate acid), which is better known by its trade name Aspirin in our “Dave” line of kits. Why is this, you may ask. Remember that our kits are designed for backcountry or remote use, where help may be very delayed, or evacuation to a medical [...]

The results are in!

The great First Aid kit battle has been concluded and we are very grateful for your participation. For those of you who were unable to make it to the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival this last weekend, I’ll summarize. We had two kits laid out at our table. One, a commercially available kit and [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:00-07:00November 12th, 2015|Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Gear|0 Comments

Blisters… A story of total failure.

Lets start with me admitting that I have been super lucky. Blisters have never been an issue probably due to a combination of having been taught what to wear for socks and having the luxury of properly fitting shoes. The bottom line is I do a ton of hiking, have never really had to deal [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:00-07:00May 30th, 2014|First Aid|0 Comments

The Tick Talk

The Facts Photo Coutresy of We do have Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever  in the province of Alberta. Both of these diseases are carried by ticks Ticks can be found anywhere but be very suspicious around sunny south facing slopes in the spring or where sheep or deer sleep over! It will take an [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:01-07:00May 21st, 2014|First Aid|0 Comments

KT Tape: Who, What and Why!?

Over the last year or so I have seen KT Tape popping up everywhere; Athletes in the gym, swimmers at the pool, climbers at the bouldering cave, and runners on the trail. Its flashy appearance catches my eye and intrigues me to know more. Who exactly should be using it, what for and how often? As a kinesiologist [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:01-07:00April 17th, 2014|First Aid|0 Comments

The Bottle

Many curious eyes have gazed at this multipurpose bottle during our travels.For 5 months now, my wife and I have been travelling throughout SE Asia on our honeymoon/ climbing & cultural journey. With 1 month still to go, we have found many reasons to appreciate this simple act of taping our water bottle. Notice, I have 3 different [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:07-07:00March 18th, 2014|Emergency Preparedness, First Aid|0 Comments

Sandflies… The Worst.

I will never complain about mosquitoes again! It was my fourth day in New Zealand and I had just made it through Arthur's pass and to the west coast. I had completed numerous hikes that day totalling 24km. I was completely satisfied as I rolled into my campsite next to the ocean. I slid off [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:07-07:00January 30th, 2014|First Aid|0 Comments

Crash Course on High Altitude Emergencies!

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend a Wilderness Medicine Conference in Bozeman Montana where I met Howard Donner. Howard is not only a Physician but is also a filmmaker and established mountain guide. Howard delivered a great talk on high altitude emergencies that I wished I could share with my colleagues. In [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:07-07:00January 20th, 2014|First Aid|Comments Off on Crash Course on High Altitude Emergencies!

The 3 C’s of Choosing a First Aid Course

Choosing a first aid course can be a daunting task; multiple providers, varying course names, different levels, certification terms, compliance, the list goes on and on! Follow these simple steps to ensure that you register for a course that will fit your needs. 1. Compliance If you are taking this course for work, or booking [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:07-07:00January 14th, 2014|First Aid|Comments Off on The 3 C’s of Choosing a First Aid Course

2 Months in NZ: First Aid & Survival Kit

This Saturday I am heading to New Zealand for a 2 month (9 weeks to be exact!) hiking adventure. One of the things on my endless to-do list was a revamp of my own personal first aid kit. As an instructor for Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine I have discussed at great length the importance of [...]

2017-12-21T11:22:07-07:00January 1st, 2014|First Aid|0 Comments