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Nov 2, 2015

Trail Safety Tips

In this episode of the Outside Health and Fitness podcast I talk with Ben Maynard from Ben on Adventures about how to stay safe when you're out on the trail.

On Today’s show you’ll discover...

  • ... what to do if you get lost in the backcountry;
  • ... the rule of threes
  • ... and some of the essential items you’ll want to have with you to stay safe on the trail.

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About Ben Maynard

Ben Maynard is an outdoor enthusiast who loves  adventure, backpacking, travel and anything similar to that! He runs the BenOnAdventure blog to share his experiences and spread the word about how amazing, wonderful and life changing an adventure can be.  He fell in love with the outdoors when he was very young exploring the woods behind his family home and that has grown into a passion for adventure and his dream of an epic adventure on the AT. When it comes to life Ben’s favorite mantra is “Keep Exploring!”

Trail Safety and Survival

Tips for not getting lost and what to do if you do get lost

  • research the area
  • tell someone where you’re going
  • check your map
  • Remember STOP Stay, Think, Observe ,Plan
  • The international distress signal (3 fires in a straight line or triangle pattern)
  • Remember the RULE of threes
    • 3 minutes without air
    • 3 days without water
    • 3 weeks without food

Preparing for Bad Weather

  • Research the weather in that area
  • Keep an eye on the sky
  • Pay attention to the wind
  • Pack wisely and bring outer-shell, mid layers, hat, gloves, mittens

What to Bring for First-Aid and Survival Gear

  • Over the counter drugs (pain relief, anti-inflammatory)
  • Immodium
  • Benedrill (also good for sleep)
  • Clariton
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Gause
  • Neosporin
  • swiss army knife
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Batteries
  • whistle
  • Flint
  • 2 bic lighters
  • emergency tinder
  • Duct Tape

Where to Find Ben on-line


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Other Links Mentioned in the Show

How to Plan for an Epic Adventure

Geraldine Largay died of exposure on Appalachian Trail, autopsy finds 

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