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Don't Get Sick: The Hidden Dangers of Camping and Hiking
     

Don't Get Sick: The Hidden Dangers of Camping and Hiking

by Rick Bennett, Buck Tilton
 

* Teaches campers and hikers how to avoid backcountry illness and even death due to food-borne diseases, sanitation problems, polluted water sources, and more

* Handy pocket-sized guide gives practical, even humorous, information on camp cleanliness, waste disposal, water treatment, and germ prevention, with helpful appendices and charts

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Overview

* Teaches campers and hikers how to avoid backcountry illness and even death due to food-borne diseases, sanitation problems, polluted water sources, and more

* Handy pocket-sized guide gives practical, even humorous, information on camp cleanliness, waste disposal, water treatment, and germ prevention, with helpful appendices and charts

Nothing soothes the soul like a great escape into the wilderness for a hiking or camping adventure, but what about your physical health? Without the proper awareness of the protozoa and parasites that await you, outdoor adventures can quickly become a nightmare of viruses and infections. Add animal-borne diseases like tick fever rabies, and trichinosis and many would-be adventurers might never leave their homes...unless, of course, they have this book.

This valuable resources describes food- and waterborne diseases and explains how to prevent them; how to keep a clean camp; how to choose the best water filter; how to select, manage, handle, and prepare foods; how to dispose of human waste and solid waste; and how to use the Leave-No-Trace ethics of backcountry living and travel.

Editorial Reviews

Scouting
A good reference book for Boy Scout and Venturing leaders.
The Capital Press
Reading Don't Get Sick will assist campers of all skill levels in preventing undesirable results of becoming careless while in the great outdoors.
Dayton (OH) News
[This] book will take up almost no space, but just might help you avoid big trouble, even death.
Pacific Crest Trail Communicator
The 'Health Hints' highlighted throughout the work are a micro compendium of good sense.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Don't Get Sick is a good book to take along for the after-dinner scary story session by the campfire. Just the description of the symptoms of salmonella is enough to raise goosebumps.
Allentown (PA) Call
Don't Get Sick ... will be of particular interest to hikers, hunters, anglers, backpackers, campers or anyone else who heads off the beaten path on a regular basis ... [A] well-researched and tested
Idaho Statesman
A book that is jam-packed with information on how to avoid health hazards in the wilderness.
Erie Daily Times
"Don't Get Sick is an easy-to-carry handbook with information on how to avoid health dangers in the wilderness."
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
The information contained in this volume is presented in a way that following the authors' advice may result in lifetime of healthy practices, not only while on the trail, but also at home. The section on handwashing for instance is excellent, and should be practiced at all times, not only when camping. This book is well worth its cost.
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
This appealing pocket-size reference book ... is the best I've seen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898868548
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Don't Series
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

RICK BENNETT, P.hD. recently retired from the University of California at Davis where he had been teaching wilderness medicine for the last seven years. He has been instrumental in creating food safety programs since he was awarded a fellowship at the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy in 1986.






BUCK TILTON is the author of many books including Don't Get Poisoned, Don't Get Sunburned, Don't Get Sick, Tent and Car Camper's Handbook, and Trekker's Handbook. He writes the "Ask the Doctor" column in Backpacker magazine, and is a regular contributor to Camping Life magazine.

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