Backcountry Tips and Tricks

Interview with AMK

Adventure Medical Kit is a staple in the outdoor industry. I mean, who ever thought it was a good idea to go into the back country with out some kind of a med kit. These guys have built med kits and survival tools for all kids of adventures, from backpacking trips to adventure races to adventuring with your 4 legged friend. So when we had the opportunity to interview one of their professional athletes, we jumped at the chance. It’s not every day you get to chat with someone who has focused their life around crazy races that last hours on end, in gnarly and unpredictable terrain. Kyle Peter is an Adventure Racer who has accomplished more than 140 races in his lifetime. One thing his races do have in common… Kyle carries something from AMK with him. We got to ask him a few questions about his racing experiences as well as some advice on backcountry medicine.

Wild Beginnings Adventure Co: Good morning! Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself: Who are you and how do you represent AMK?

Kyle Peter: I am the captain of Team Adventure Medical Kits. I have been adventure racing since 2004 in 6 different continents. Pushing my mental and physical limits in some the harshest and beautiful part of the world.

WBAC: How did you become a professional Adventure Racer?

KP: Adventure racing success comes from experience and after racing at the top of the sport for so many years, I have had the fortune to represent Adventure Medical Kits as our team’s title sponsor.


WBAC: What one thing we would always find on you during an adventure race?

KP: Expedition races include extensive gear lists that always include emergency shelters and first aid kits. Our team carries the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy and the Ultralight & Watertight .7 Medical Kit.


WBAC: What does your training regimen look like when getting ready for a race?

KP: My training looks like a typical triathlete’s training with 2 exceptions. Replace the swimming with kayak paddling and add in long days in mountains which might mirror a backpacking trip more than traditional training. Adventure races require participants to be completely self-sufficient and that requires carrying a heavy pack at times.


WBAC: What does your favorite post race meal look like?
KP: After eating packaged foods for 5 days straight nothing beats a breakfast for me. A large egg scramble with a side of pancakes is my preferred post-race feast.


WBAC: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you have with you?
KP: SOL Escape Pro Bivvy, SOL Sport Utility Blanket, SOL All Weather Fire Cubes

WBAC: Onto your experience with Wilderness Medicine: What medical kit you prefer for your adventures?

KP: The Ultralight & Watertight .7 Medical Kit is perfect. It is set up to provide supplies for 2 people for 4 days and comes in a waterproof package.

: What does your medical training look like?

KP: I have kept my Wilderness First Responder certification up-to-date since 2005. I have also spent my younger years working as a nursing assistant in a hospital.

WBAC: What is the scariest or most serious medical experience you’ve faced in the field?

KP: Fortunately, I have never faced anything life threatening, but I have faced hypothermia, broken bones, an open dislocation, and enough chaffing, cuts and scrapes, and blisters to drain 100 UL&WT .7 kits!


WBAC: Are there any nifty medical tips you can share with us?

KP: Before applying any bandage or blister treatment use tincture of benzoin or Skin Tac to the skin around the wound to help the dressing stay in place during the rest of the wilderness trip. The conditions found in the outdoors are much harsher on wound dressings than at home.

WBAC: How can outdoor enthusiasts best prepare themselves for a backcountry adventure?

KP: The supplies found in an Adventure Medial Kit are useful, but the most important tool one has to work with in the backcountry is knowledge on how to handle an emergency. I would highly recommend taking a Wilderness First Aid class and carrying the Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine (which are included in many of Adventure Medical Kits) on backcountry trips.



Wendy Ewing

Wendy Ewing is a Washignton native and Northern California transplant. Growing up at the base of the North Cascades, her entire upbringing revolved around the mountains. With her family, Wendy spent most of her childhood backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, and mountain biking. With a strong passion for wilderness ethics and personal growth and development, she decided to pursue building Wild Beginnings Adventure Co. Wendy has written gear reviews for Trek Tech, Innovation & Tech Today, and Active Junky. In the winter season you can find her back country skiing and both trail running and mountain biking the rest of the year. Wendy lives in Shasta Lake, CA with her husband, John, and their adventure retriever, Sauvie.