Sit. Rep. #149: Dirty Word in Camping?

1- Diarrhea is probably the worst word to associate with a camping trip.  Diarrhea is simply the frequent, watery bowel discharge through the anus.  Diarrhea has many possible causes: Bacterial or viral infection Protozoal infection (contaminated food or water) Food poisoning from toxins Parasites (most likely ingested) Bowel disease (such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, … Read more

Sit. Rep. #147: Lightning Bolts

1- Lightning is a huge static electricity discharge.  Which is hotter; the surface of the Sun or a Lightning Bolt?  The surface of the sun runs about 11,000 deg. F. Lightning runs up to 50,000 deg. F.  There are some estimates that say the voltage of a bolt of lightning runs as high as 120,000 … Read more

Sit. Rep. #137: Priority Purchasing-I, Altitude

1- Hiking is hard on your feet compared to an average school or workday.  You will usually cover many more miles through rougher terrain.  If you are backpacking; then your feet and legs are carrying more weight than normal.  I coach beginning backpackers to concentrate their first purchases on shoes and socks.  Ask your fellow … Read more

Sit. Rep. #135: Efficacy, Murphy, Heat Index

Body Fluids: 1- Your body uses and loses water every moment of your life.  Our bodies lose water thru breathing, sweating, urinating, and defecating.  Also through blood loss and female menstrual cycles.  Not to mention injuries.  Heat and cold exposure, high altitude, flying, burns, illness, and increased activity cause your body to need more water … Read more

Sit. Rep. #126: The Dark Side, If – again

1- Scouting:  Ask every Scouter you know what their life would be like without Scouts?  What did they learn & how did they use that knowledge or skills from Scouts?  What would they have done differently in Scouts?  What kind of Leadership roles were learned in Scouts?  What kind of Service Projects did those Scouts … Read more

Sit. Rep. #125: Sort Colors, Stuffed Training, Simple things

1- The current thinking in current medical/responder triage for mass casualty incidents (MCI) is to use 5 colors.  You do not have to have an MCI to use this coding/tagging system.  You can express to the 911 operator that you have X of Y color; that will help the responders.  IE: I have 1 Red … Read more

Sit. Rep. #91: Chips, Weaving, & Kits

1- I carry an Emery Board in my shaving kit when I go camping.  These can take care of cracked toe or fingernails, calluses, and can even be a backup match striker. 2- Many companies have intern programs.  Some pay, some do not.  Some schools give class credit for internships.  (I just found out that … Read more

Sit. Rep. #90: Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

1-This song is titled “The Happy Wanderer” by Florenz Friedrich Sigismund.  First verse: I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track, And as I go, I love to sing, My knapsack on my back. 1B- Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem “The Way Through The Woods.”  Here is the second verse. Yet, if you enter … Read more