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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.


WBAC
: 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.


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Backcountry Tips and Tricks

Couscous is one of the best grains to bring into the backcountry. It’s so easy to cook and it yields a lot food in a short amount of time. Inspired by the NOLS cookery book, this couscous dish has complex carbs, protein, fats, salt, and fiber. The stuff we all love in the backcountry.

Alpine Couscous

2/3 Cup couscous (you can use bulk couscous or different box flavors!)

1 Cup water

½ (or more…) cup sharp cheddar –grated or cubed.

1/2-2/3 cup roasted and chopped almonds

½ cup dried cranberries

Salt and pepper to taste

Before you head up to the mountains, chop and roast your almonds. You can do this on a fry pan (make sure to keep almonds moving so as not to burn them), or you can roast them in the oven (again, keep an eye on them, those suckers will go pretty quickly.)

When it’s time for dinner, take out your cheese and cut it into small cubes (the smaller the cubes the easier they will melt) and pull out your cranberries, chopping them as well if you so desire.

With all your other ingredients prepared, bring your water to a boil. When the water is boiling, pour in couscous, stir, and then remove from heat. Keep that puppy covered for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir in cheese almonds and cranberries. Huzzah! Your dinner for 2 is complete with melted cheese and tasty almond/cranberry goodness.

To minimize mess, eat this meal straight out of the pot, the cheese causes a lot of greasiness. Don’t be afraid to play around with this meal, add more or less of the ingredients or add in new ones like TVP for a little added protein, pine nuts for a different nutty taste, or parmesan instead of cheddar. Customize this meal to your taste buds!

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Backcountry Tips and Tricks, Gear Reviews, Roam, Tech, Travel
This was a weekend of firsts for the roaming retriever. First time camping, first time spending extended time with another dog (at least since being with us), first time seeing the ocean, and first time being in the car for more than an hour. The lack of crowding due to potential bad weather and relatively short drive to the ocean drew us to camp at Lake Sonoma. To be honest there was a bit of terror going into this weekend, there’s still a lot we’ve yet to learn about our new adventure pup. Thankfully, we were meeting great friends who have a great service dog and know a bit about the adjustment and training that goes into to getting a new canine family member. Folks, meet Zoomers. A lovable lab who is a service dog for Dogs 4 Diabetics. This girl has completely changed ours friends’ lives for the better, offering the freedom to adventure and do daily life with out the fear of an unexpected drop in blood sugar. Zoomers can sense a drop coming up to 30 minutes before it takes affect on the body. Amazing. She’s trained to alert our friend, Brit, and not leave her alone until she checks her blood sugar. Along with this epic task, Zoomers has excellent behavior and training in general…most of the time. She’s definitely still got some puppy in her. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Day 1 A 4 hour car ride to the coast, beautiful but nauseating. The question of the day between my husband and I? “Do dogs get car sick too?” But with windows down and an ever smiling pup in between us, we didn’t have to find out the answer to that question. That night after a cold brew and quick chat around the fire, we decided to for-go the tent and just crash in the bed of the truck. We’re car camping, what do you expect, effort? With the intent that Sauvie would sleep on the side of the bed and my husband and I in the middle, I laid out the sleeping mats for us and Sauvies foam thermarest on the side. Nope. That dog sprawled out on my sleeping mat just looked at me like, “thanks for the bed, human”. So after a night of dog cuddles, kicks, wet noses, and grumpy growling every time someone walked by our site, we woke up (un)rested and ready for the day’s adventure. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Day 2 But first, coffee. Having a 2 year old dog requires all your attention, plus some more, especially camping. After caffeine, a fantastic scramble complete with bacon and cheese, we set off for the coast. Now, as we all know Sauvie is a water loving dog, and the ocean is a big body of water. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have concern he might leap into the ocean and swim out to sea. But the waves were enough of an entertainment for him, and as long as we were throwing a tennis ball or frisbee, the beach was his playground. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetA few hours running and playing at the beach and Zoomers and Sauvie were spent. We headed back, our pups smelling of wet dog and ocean. They were definitely in need of a rinse, but more so to wash off the salt. Salt, for too long on a dog’s paw pads, can be pretty damaging. We let them swim in Lake Sonoma for a little while and they were good as new, now only smelling like lake instead of ocean. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I’d like to give a shout out to Adventure Medical Kit. These guys have created a first aid kit for both you and your pup and it’s compact enough to fit in their pack. Now, thankfully I didn’t have to use any of it’s contents except for their medical book. Guys, this thing is a short novel, it has everything from dealing with gun shot wounds, to dog CPR, to diharea and vomiting. Surprise! Apparently, Sauvie hasn’t learned the difference between normal water and salt water. Also, pretty sure he ingested a pound or so of sand. Let’s just say over the next several hours he got a pretty good digestive detox, scrubbed clean. Sauvie vomited three times and fire hosed out the back a couple more. AMK recommended cooked rice and regulated amounts of water over the next day or so for both vomitting and diharea , they were right. After 12 hours of rice and water, Sauvie was cleaned out and back to his normal self. Poor guy, I think we’ll stick to lakes in the meantime. IMG_4871 That night our furry friends laid on their beds next to the fire as we chowed down on fajitas and the most epic s’mores you’ve ever heard of (Hawaiian sweet bread surrounding marshmallows and pretzely/carmely/chocolaty goodness). A tired dog is a happy dog. And yes, night two was identical to night one. Day 3 Again, coffee first, always. To end our weekend camping trip, we took the dogs, rested and ready for more adventure, down to the lake again. It felt like forever that we threw balls and frisbees and they retrieved again and again. Sadly, the Major Dog Frisbee we both loved so dearly is now floating out somewhere in the middle of Lake Sonoma after Sauvie missed it and went for a stick instead. Despite the guilt of unintentionally littering in a lake, I can’t help but hear the classic Sarah McLaughlin song, ‘I Will Remember You’ every time I see that toy in pictures. So long Major Dog Frisbee, you will be missed, I hope you’re able to be found by some other pup. image1-2 We finished up our trip with a stop by Bear Republic Brewery, an excellent establishment that welcomes dogs and has incrediblele food and brews. Make sure to keep an eye on how stimulated your dog is getting in public places. Thankfully it wasn’t until we were done eating that Sauvie started getting restless and uncomfortable with the other dogs in the place and we felt it best to leave. image3 Sauvie and Zoomers got along great this weekend, with the occasional irritated scuffle for stealing the other one’s toy. We have a feeling, a few more adventures together and they’ll be best friends.
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Backcountry Tips and Tricks
Sauvie the Ski Pup (Almost) A couple weeks ago I took the Roaming Retriever back country skiing with me. Full of excitement we both piled into my car and drove up to Castle Lake in Northern California. I chose this place for first time canine skier for a few reasons:
  1. Dogs are allowed.
  2. The route is short.
  3. It’s familiar.
Despite the total slush fest, Sauvie did amazing. Never have I seen this pup so enamored and elated. So up we climbed and when we got to the top of the ridge I thought for sure he would be exhausted. Nope, he wanted to play fetch. Seriously? Eff you, Sauvie. I’m exhausted. What I wouldn’t give for boundless energy. But because he’s new to this whole outdoor adventure thing, I thought it wise to make him rest and drink water, even if it was forced (thus began the battle of making him lay down next to me). Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset So then down we skied, and let me tell you, it was hilarious. Sauvie prefers a combination of sliding and running and seeing him ‘spread eagle’ can only bring smiles.  I quickly learned, however, Sauvie wanted to run RIGHT next to me. This of course presented a dangerous problem as my skis’ edges are sharp! As my first solution I decided to ski fast and let the pup follow behind, this worked great…until I got too far ahead. If I were to guess at what I heard next, in human language, it would go something like this: MOM! WAIT!!! SLOW THE F*CK DOWN! DONT ABANDON ME HERE!!!! Yelping Ensued until I stopped and let him catch up. I guess I need to reinforce I won’t leave him on the mountain. So, with hopes of firmer snow, we headed up to Bunny Flat on Mount Shasta to practice just that… as well as getting him to run a safe distance from my skis. After a morning of constantly checking his paws and hydration levels we headed home about mid day, not wanting to over do anything. Though not a day filled with tons of turns or elevation, who needs that when you have an adorable retriever frolicking in the snow next to you. I have a feeling ski days are going to be so epic when this pup is a seasoned ski partner. Sauvie seemed pretty stoked (and totally exhausted) for his first ski day. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Sauvie the Trail Pup  A huge reward for this running partner is water. Puddles, creeks, lakes…if it’s visible standing water, he’s there. Right now we’re practicing the command ‘wait’ in highly exciting situations. I’m pretty sure he was in agony as I took this picture. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset But like some things in life, it’s just worth waiting for. With the ‘okay!’ command, sheer, unencumbered joy is released. I mean, look at that face. Everything is right with the world. Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Sauvie the Technology Police Pup RuffWear Has an ongoing hashtag category called #mydogismy… (enter noun or adjective). Well, the last few weeks Sauvie has been my forced technology detox. If I’m on my phone for more than 30 seconds with him in the vacinity, he maneuvers his head in between my phone and my face, even if it’s about him. It doesn’t matter if I’m taking a picture of him, editing a picture of him, or writing about him (like I’m currently attempting to do, Sauvie disagrees), he doesn’t give a shit. He would much rather I just love on him in the moment rather than on social media. Yours probably does too. #mydogismy tech control.That being said, The Roaming Retriever officially has its own Instagram. Get your puppy fix and Follow @theroamingretriever to see regular highlights of our adventures together.
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