OPP #015: How to Safely Explore the Outdoors With Courtney Harvey

Today's Guest: Courtney Harvey

We Discuss:

  • Precautions and preparation steps to take before trekking out into nature, whether that is a local trail or an extended stay in the backcountry
  • Common injuries and mistakes people make while in nature
  • What safety and outdoor gear and food to pack for both day hikes and multi-day hikes
  • Importance and benefits of different types of clothing and materials depending on the season
  • Safety tips for your canine trail buddy
  • Drinking water safety tips
  • Trash and human waste disposal methods
  • Fire safety tips
  • Wildlife safety tips
  • Steps to take to prevent getting lost and what to do if you do get lost
  • How to assess and mitigate risk
  • Treating hypothermia and hypothermia
  • What level of safety and first aid training you should get
  • And so much more!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Mark

    Hi, Brenda. I’ve been meaning to write about a comment made during this episode, but haven’t had time so apologies for the delay. Your guest discussed having hydrogen peroxide with her to induce vomiting if her dog ate something while hiking that he/she wasn’t supposed to swallow. I’m a veterinarian and the guest was right that we frequently use hydrogen peroxide (or other medications within a veterinary hospital) to induce vomiting in dogs that have swallowed something toxic or a foreign body. (NOTE: Hydrogen peroxide should never be used to induce vomiting in cats!). However, there are some chemicals (eg, caustic substances) or foreign objects that you do not want to induce vomiting because vomiting it back up could do even more harm. The guest mentioned having a veterinarian’s phone number handy. I 100% agree and can’t stress the importance of this any higher. People out in nature with their pets should ideally have both their primary care veterinarian’s number and a local emergency hospital’s phone number in their contacts app. I also recommend having one of the pet poison control numbers in their contacts as well. Options include the ASPCA Poison Control (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661).

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Thank you so much for taking the time to clarify this for us all, Mark. I really appreciate it! I’ll include this info in our next OPS Digest (monthly newsletter) as well to make sure more people learn of the distinction.

  2. Linda

    If you can only listen to ONE of the presentations, this one should be it! I learned so much from your discussion with Courtney and with her tips I’ll enjoy the outdoor experience safer and with even more respect for how quickly things can change when I’m out in nature.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Yay! I’m so happy this episode was so helpful. This is exactly what I was hoping the conversation would do. Huge thanks to Courtney for providing such great info!

  3. Denise

    This was an awesome episode. It was so full of information that I sent a link to my outdoorsy kids, one of whom lives in Montana and hikes regularly. Thanks for this you guys.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      That’s great to hear! Thank you for sharing it too. I’m so glad the information will help!

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