Permethrin key to avoiding ticks from Adirondack Almanack
Anyone paying attention to the rapid rise of tick-borne diseases has heard the advice on avoiding tick bites. The advice we are hearing is not wrong, just very incomplete.
Most information to the public suggests wearing light colored clothing, tucking your pants into your socks, and checking your body carefully after possible exposure. The intent is to keep ticks away from your skin, and to remove them promptly if they succeed in attaching. This was sufficient when Lyme disease was the only real worry, since research has shown the Lyme disease organism is not transmitted until the tick has been attached for hours.
Unfortunately, ticks in our area now carry many more diseases, some of which are transmitted quickly when the tick bites you. It is no longer sufficient just to remove any ticks attached to your body when you come in from the outdoors. It is now essential to avoid being bitten at all.
The single most important way to prevent tick-borne disease is the chemical permethrin. Permethrin is a synthetic insecticide similar to natural chemicals produced by chrysanthemums. It can be used to treat scabies or lice, but for ticks it is applied exclusively to clothing, not to your skin.
See the full article on Adirondack Almanack's website here.
May 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).