Tag Archives: hiking safety

One Bat’s Guano is Another’s Treasure

by Elaine Smith Editor’s Note: In case anyone doesn’t know what Bat’s Guano is, here is a definition provided by Wikipedia – it is good stuff! Guano (from the Quechuawanu) is the excrement of seabirds, cave-dwelling bats, pinnipeds, or (in English usage) birds more generally.As a manure, guano is a highly effective fertilizer due to its exceptionally high content of ... Read More »

Disaster and Wilderness First Aid Expert Matt Rosefsky

Mountain Hiking presents another installment of TJ On The Trail With…, a series of interviews with Hiking Experts, just for you!  By T.J. Fraser “Hiking? Are you crazy? NO WAY! I’m not about to get eaten by a bear.” “I haven’t been hiking since I was a kid. I think I’ll throw some trail mix and a water bottle in ... Read More »

6 Tips For Winter Hiking Safety (And FUN!)

By Cammi Balleck, Ph.D If you live somewhere that there is snow on the ground almost half the year, and you’re like me, you probably want to go hiking, skiing, or snow shoeing and enjoy it. It is a great way to extend your hiking season, and of course, great for your body to have the exercise, however, the winter ... Read More »

Balancing Common Sense and Technology on the Trail

By Honor Boone It won’t be long before stranded hikers across the country are paying for their own rescues – at least in cases where the victims bear some responsibility for their predicament.  A growing list of state and county search and rescue (SAR) agencies are allowed to request fees to help subsidize their costs.  The reason?  Of course many ... Read More »

Hikers Helping “Hikers”

By T. J. Fraser Here’s the scenario. You’re out enjoying a solo, night hike on one of your favorite local trails. The air is cold, the sky is clear and you’re locked in to a strong, steady pace. Hell, even your back is dry. All is good. But things change with the sound of a helicopter slowly growing louder before ... Read More »