Inside the silver billycan — a cooking pot that is deeper than it is wide and cheaper than it is sturdy — a small mountain of lentils is bubbling and spluttering, gently tapping at the underside of a closed lid. They are plump and steamy and make a squelching sound as though they are wading through …

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When I first smell the smoke, it registers only superficially. Unlike the tight gild of the eucalyptus trunks or the mammalian noises of the kookaburras, which shock my perception with their newness, this smell is a familiar detail from hikes back home in Virginia. It isn’t until I see the concern on a fellow backpacker’s …

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Recently I was packing for a hiking trip that would take me through Colorado’s Weminuche and Rio Grande Wildernesses. When I reached for my small first aid kit – something I bought in an outdoor store years ago – I was reminded of its overall inadequacy. As an EMT, I have a hefty medic bag full …

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…as told by a former semi-professional baby-catcher* 1. Don’t freak out. Seriously, don’t be the kid that faints when we actually need you. Breathe. Get calm. Breathe again. And wash your hands. You can do this. Get blankets, towels, or cloth of some kind. 2. Call for help if you are on your own. Call …

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