Everything You Need to Avoid Ticks This Summer
Every year, around 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the agency estimates actual cases are closer to 300,000, making the illness one the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. That doesn’t mean you should stay inside until winter though; armed with a little knowledge and the right gear, you can enjoy yourself in the woods this summer without fretting over ticks.
Full article by Jonathan Olivier on Gear Patrol's website.
May 8, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan