Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


A totally
blown-out knee
by slats of old growth
during a May '01 trip
to the remote,
northern section
of the McCormick Tract
in Marquette County.
(Photo by Mary Powell)

Bush skills


Last updated on August 4, 2008

Contents of page

   First aid


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** Recommended




Adventure Network
   Select "first aid and safety"

Backpacker.com--The Website of Wilderness Travel
   Select "technique" followed by "health"

Equipped to Survive--Medical Group

First Aid for Soldiers (Army FM 21-11)

   Select "activities" followed by "health and fitness" and then "first aid and safety"

Hypothermia Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment

NOLS: Cold Injuries

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness Safety and Emergency Care



Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care, by the American Red Cross (Doubleday, 1980)

Advanced First Aid for All Outdoors, by Peter Eastman (Cronell Maritime, 1976)

Being Your Own Wilderness Doctor, by Russel E. Kodet and Bradford Angier (Stackpole, 1975)

Backcountry First Aid and Extended Care, third edition, by Buck Tilton (ICS Books, 1998)

Color Atlas of Mountain Medicine, edited by Frederic Dubas and Jacques Valloton (Mosby, 1991)

Comon Sense Medical Guide and Outdoor Reference, second edition, by Newell D. Breyfogle (McGraw-Hill, 1988)

Commonsense Outdoor Medicine and Emergency Companion, third edition, by Newell D. Breyfogle (Ragged Mountain Press, 1993)

Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine, second edition, by Eric A. Weiss (Adventure Medical Kits, 1998)

Ditch Medicine--Advanced Field Procedures for Emergencies, by Hugh L. Coffee (Paladin Press, 1993)

Emergency Medical Procedures for the Outdoors, second edition, by Benner Gordon, Richard Church, and Lance Feild (Menasha Ridge Press, 1996)

Emergency Service--A Manual for Explorers (Boy Scouts of America, 1983)

Emergency War Surgery--Second United States Revision of the Emergeny War Surgery NATO Handbook (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988)

Expedition Medicine--A Planning Guide, by Robin N. Illingworth (Brathay Hall Trust, 1976)

Far From Help--Backcountry Medical Care, by Peter Steele (Cloudcap, 1991)

Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, by Paul S. Auerbach (Mosby Year Book, 1999)

First Aid (Boy Scouts of America, 1988)

First Aid for Backpackers and Campers, by Lowell Thomas and Joy Sanderson (Holt, 1979)

First Aid for Soldiers (Army FM 21-11)

First-Aid Manual, by Joh R. Krohmer (Dorling Kindersley, 2001)

First Responder, fourth edition, by J. David Bergeron and Gloria Bizjak (Brady/Prentice Hall, 1996)

Frostbite, by Bradford Washburn (Boston Museum of Science, 1983)

Hypothermia: Death by Exposure, by William Forgey (ICS Books, Inc., 1985)

**Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries--Prevention, Recognition, and Prehospital Treatment, edited by James Wildkerson, Cameron C. Bangs, and John S. Hayward (The Mountaineers, 1986)

Hypothermia--Killer of the Unprepared, by Theodore G. Lathrop (The Mazamas, 1972)

Medical Care for Mountain Climbers, by Peter Steele (William Heineman Medical Books, Ltd., 1976)

Medicine for the Outdoors--The Essential Guide to Emergency Mecial Procedures and First Aid, by Paul S. Auerbach (Lyons Press, 1999)

Lifesaving (Boy Scouts of America, 1980)

Lifesaving--Rescue and Water Safety (American Red Cross)

Medicine--For Mountaineering and Other Wilderness Activities, fifth edition, edited by James A. Wilkerson (The Mountaineers, 2001)

Medicine for the Backcountry, by Buck Tilton and Frank Hubbell (ICS Books, 1994)

Medicine for the Outdoors--The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid, by Paul S. Auerbach (Lyons Press, 1999)

Mountain Medicine, by Fred Darvill, Jr. (Wilderness Press, 1989)

Mountaineering First Aid--A Guide to Accident Response and First Aid Car, fourth edition, by Jan D. Carline, Martha J. Lentz, and Steven C. MacDonald (Mountaineers, 1996)

Mountaineering Medicine--A Wilderness Medical Guide, 12th edition, by Fred T. Darville, Jr. (Wilderness Press, 1989)

Natural First Aid--Herbal Treatments for Ailments and Injuries, Emergency Preparedness, Wilderness Safety, by Brigitte Mars (Storey Books, 1999)

Nature and Treatment of Hypothermia, edited by Robert S. Pozos and Loretz E. Wittmers, Jr. (University of Minnesota Press, 1983)

NOLS Wilderness First Aid, third edition, by Tod Schimelpfenig and Linda Lindsey (Stackpole Books, 2000)

Official Wilderness First-Aid Guide, by Wayne Merry (McClelland and Stewart, 1997)

Outdoor Emergency Care--Comprehensive First Aid for Nonurban Settings, by Warren D. Bowman, Jr., M.D. (National Ski Patrol System, Inc., 1988)

Outdoor Emergency Medicine, by Frank Madda (Contemporary, 1982)

Outdoors Emergency Manual, by Anthony Acerrano (Winchester Press, 1976)

Outdoorsman's Medical Guide, by Alan E. Nourse, M.D. (Harper and Row, 1974)

Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook, by Jeff Isaac (Lyons Press, 1998)

Pocket Doctor--A Passport to Healthy Travel, third edition, by Stephen Bezruchka (Mountaineers, 1999)

Ski Safety and First Aid, by Lawrence M. Thompson

Standard First Aid and Personal Safety, by the American Red Cross (Doubleday and Co., Inc.,1973)

Survivalist's Medidine Chest, by Ragnar Benson (Paladin Press, 1982)

Tactical Emergency Care--Military and Operational Out-of-Hospital Medicine, by Robert A. De Lorenzo and Robert S Porter (Prentice Hall, 1999)

Tactical Medicine, by Ian McDevitt (Paladin Press, 2001)

U.S. Army Special Forces Medical Handbook ST31-91-B, by Glen Craig (Paladin Press, 1988)

Where There is No Dentist, by Murray Dickson (Hesperian Foundation, 1983)

Wilderness First Aid, second edition, by William Forgey (Globe Pequot Press, 1999)

Wilderness First Aid--A Pocket Guide, by Paul Gill (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2001)

Wilderness First Aid--A Resource Manual for Outdoor Leaders in British Columbia, edited by Anna Christensen (Wilderness First Aid and Satety Association of British Columbia, 1986)

Wilderness First Aid--When You Can't Call 911, by Gilbert Preston (Falcon Publishing Co., 1997)

Wilderness First Responder, by Buck Tilton and Frank Hubbell (Globe Pequot Press, 1998)

Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide, by Jim Morrisey (Wilderness Medical Associates, 2000)

Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care, edited by William W. Forgey (ICS Books, 1995)

**Wilderness Medicine--Beyond First Aid, fifth edition, by William W. Forgey, (Globe Pequot Press, 1999)

Wilderness Medicine--Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies, third edition, edited by Paul S. Auerbach (Mosby, 1995)

Wilderness 911--A Step-By-Step Guide for Medical Emergencies and Improvised Care in the Backcountry, by Eric A. Weiss (The Mountaineers Books, 1999)




Adventure Medical Kits

Armstrong Medical Industries

** Chinook Medical Gear
   An excellent source for individual items
   for restocking your first-aid kit.

Gall's Inc.

Magna Medical, Inc.

MedicalOfficer.Net, Ltd
  Wilderness medical training programs and
  customized wilderness medical kits.

Rescue Specialists Unlimited

Seaberg Company, Inc.
   Manufacturer of the SAM splint.

U.S. Aid

Wilderness Alert Safety Products Ltd.



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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
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— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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