S3E13: Geocaching Hazards – Ways to Stay Safe in the Woods

There are many urban caches in the world but there are many out in the wilderness as well. For the most part, the woods are fairly safe. Especially if you’re in an area you know or a national park or conservation area. But there can still be some hazards lurking about. In this episode I am joined by Dan who is a Media Specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation to take a look at ways to stay safe in the woods. We look at a range of topics from dealing with bugs and poison ivy to what to do if you’re bitten by a snake or get lost while in the woods.

Places and Things Mentioned
Missouri Department of Conservation
DEET (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
Permethrin (National Pesticide Information Center)
How to Identify Poison Ivy (University of Maryland Extension)
Stinging Nettle (Britannica.com)
Snake Bite: First Aid (Mayo Clinic)
7 Best Water Purification Tablets (myopencountry.com)

Additional Resources
Podcacher Hazards Series Part 1
Podcacher Hazards Series Part 2
Podcacher Hazards Series Part 3
Podcacher Hazards Series Part 4

Timestamp Outline
0:48 – Introducing Media Specialists, Dan from the Missouri Department of Conservation
1:48 – Marked trail conditions
9:47 – Protecting against insects
15:23 – Dealing with ticks
23:45 – Poison Ivy and other plants to be aware of
30:16 – Encountering animals in the wild (including what to do for a snake bite)
42:13 – What to do if you’re lost in the woods
48:04 – Staying safe in the woods during hunting season
52:04 – The number one thing to take along in the woods/remote areas
57:57 – Final thoughts and comments

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