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General Discussion / first aid kits
« on: March 15, 2006, 10:26:56 am »
Wilderness first aid classes are better for anyone who will be any distance from normal EMS response. They can be found through Google or local outdoors stores and clubs.

OTC Benadryl is good. Epinephrine (Epi-pen) is a prescription item, which is not an issue if you (and your doctor) know you have a bee sting (or other anaphylatic) allergies. Otherwise you may have to convince a doc why you need it.

Other over-the-counter meds I carry are:
Analgesics: (pain pills)

Aspirin: 1 a day keeps the heart attack or stroke away if no allergy, bleeding, ulcers or other reason. 2 every 4 hrs. for fever or minor pain. (Don't use aspirin in kids without medical advice
Ibuprofen: Basically the same effects as aspirin though not usually given for the blood thinning effect. Better pain relief, fever control and antiinflammatory effect than aspirin. Somewhat less stomach upset but still causes that.
Tylenol: (acetaminophen) Only good for fever and minor pain.

Anti-histamines: (for allergies, itch, nausea and sea-sickness)

Benadryl for anything that itches or sneezes, e.g. hay fever, allergies. 25-50 mg. every 4 hrs.
Meclizine 12.5-25 mg. (Dramamine II): motion sickness


Afrin spray: For nasal congestion.
Pseudoephedrine (30-60 mg. every 4-6 hrs) for nasal congestion

(I also carry "Contac" for severe cold/allergy symptoms.)

Gastrointestinal Medications:

Rolaids or Tums (Liquid are more effective, but tablets are easier to carry.)
Acid neutralizers: Zantac or Pepcid or generic equals
Dulcolax: For constipation
Imodium AD: (Loperamide)For diarrhea.
Skin Meds:

Antiinflamatory:2 1/2% cortisone cream

Antibiotic ointment:Bacitracin, polysporin,

Antifungal: Lotrimin or clotrimazole

Note: I only cary a few of these each...not the whole package. from 24 Ibuprofen to 2 Contac. 4-10 of everything else.

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 3-15-06 @ 7:31 AM

General Discussion / first aid kits
« on: March 09, 2006, 05:12:01 pm »
Hmmmm..."OK Hans. What are the 'infamous "10 Essentials" '? Toilet paper, (you could use it to start a fire) a bottle of Rum, (Same ;p ) a lovely lass,(hypothermia prevention?) what?

Okay. All seriousity here:
The "Ten Essentials" were first put together by The Mountaineers in WA. For a long time they often varied by sport and season. A couple years ago they came out with this list that is more-or-less universal.

The Ten Essential Systems
The following list is made up of items that everyone who ventures onto a trail or into the backcountry should have. You could add more, possibly, but these are the basics.

1. Navigation (map and compass)
2. Sun protection
3. Insulation (extra clothing)
4. Illumination (flashlight/headlamp)
5. First-aid supplies
6. Fire
7. Repair kit and tools
8. Nutrition (extra food)
9. Hydration (extra water)
10. Emergency shelter
Ride safe,


Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / first aid kits
« on: March 08, 2006, 07:31:24 pm »
Most of my riding is off-pavement, so I carry the infamous "10 Essentials" with me in either my hydration/daypack or my rackpack. One of the 10 Essentials is a good first aid kit, and, of course, knowing how to use it.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 3-8-06 @ 3:31 PM

General Discussion / first aid kits
« on: March 06, 2006, 03:44:10 pm »
The "football" goes with me wherever I go by bike, foot, skis or snowshoes. It's and OR tri-fold red pack with a star-of-life sewn on the outside. I am an EMT, and a National Mountain Bike Patroller, so I built my own kit based on the concept that I would mostly be helping someone else. So far, that has mostly not been the way it works out, but at least when I hurt myself, I have what I need to patch me back up. I have a splint, bandaging and blister stuff, Koban, tape, scissors, etc. and a pencil and report form (to send with the person who goes for help.)

REI sells some good kits, which I think are actually made by Adventure Medical Kits. If the one you like doesn't have a SAM splint in it, add it to the set.

Check out for what we require our patrol members to carry in their first aid kits.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 3-6-06 @ 11:50 AM

General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: April 06, 2006, 06:09:18 pm »
We're moving and our contacts will just be getting settled in a new place in Petrozavodsk, so Russia will have to wait until next year. :( Hopefully I can get on some of the Lewis and Clark, instead.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Where are you touring to 2006
« on: February 25, 2006, 11:27:14 pm »
Hopefully back to Karelia, in NW Russia, or maybe rural Belarus. If not, then either Mah-Dah-Hey, the Lolo Trail on the L&C or the north end of the Great Divide.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Why no Recumbents Bicycles in AC?
« on: August 07, 2005, 04:10:01 pm »
July, 2002. Cover story and photo: "Should you give up your "wedgie?" How to buy a recumbent Laid-back Touring". Page 14-21 and 33.
Again, August, 2004. Cover photo.
Plus there has been info about 'bents in the buyer's guide issues a number of times, and stories about trips with them as far back as I have been a member, which is only since 1998. When it is up, you should be able to find them in the Archives section.

Just how hard did you look???

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 8-7-05 @ 12:11 PM

General Discussion / Short Notice Ride
« on: June 09, 2005, 12:40:08 pm »
I should have posted this on here a month ago, but this happens when you get over 50. There are still openings. We hope this will be similar to the ACA "Intro to..." classes.

Bikepacking Skills Workshop
 9 AM to 12 PM
 Lake Maria State Park, Monticello, MN
 Learn the basics of bicyle camping and important skills required for safe, fun travel by road and trail. The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association will host a series of presentations on equipment and technique. An optional bike ride and overnight campout at Sand Dunes State Forest will follow the program. Registration is required. Call Lake Maria State Park (763-878-2325) for further information and registration.
 The park may be reached from the south via Highway 39 and Wright County Road 111, or from the north via Highway 8, 39 and County Road 111.
More Information:
 Call (763) 878-2325.

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Whats your
« on: June 17, 2005, 02:39:34 am »
Self supporting, off road, alone or in a small group (1 or 2 other riders) in the north woods on backcountry roads and fire tails.

The northern Great Divide would be like a dream trip!

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Newbie Questions
« on: June 29, 2005, 03:06:32 pm »
I am kind of mixed on my feelings about BoB trailers. I have both and sometimes I use the trailer; more often the panniers. You have to work at balancing both of them, because an unbalanced BoB has a mind of it's own, just as unbalanced panniers will pull you to one side. I think I favor the panniers a bit over the BoB just because I have used them more and packing them is more instinctive for me. On a long trip, like the Great Divide or Lewis and Clark, unsupported, I will probably use both.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / MTB Onstar
« on: May 28, 2005, 03:57:25 am »
Here's an amusing story that just goes to show that it pays to be

For the past few days I have been attending IPMBA* Police Cyclist
training as part of my job as a state park ranger. Because we spent
about half of the 40-hour course on bikes, I carried my National Mountain Bike Patrol hydration pack with me, along with all the things I normally would
have in it: Clif Shot, Clif Bars, tire tubes, sun screen, bug spray,
first aid kit, multi-tool and my new Planet Bike air pump. Every
time somebody would blow a tire, need some sunscreen, need to fix a
mechanical problem or some quick energy, I would pull what they
needed out of my pack and give it to them. About the third time this
happened, one of the cops in the class looked over at me and
asked, "What are you; like an 'OnStar" for bikes?" I
replied, "Something like that."

Well, the name stuck. I was "OnStar" for the rest of the course.
Thanks to Kenda, WTB, Tender Corporation, Clif Shot and Bars,
Coppertone and Planet Bike for providing the supplies I needed to
help out some cyclists in a totally different setting.

Ride safe,
Hans Erdman, WEMT
Patrol Director
Backcountry Trail Patrol- MN

"In the incomparable splendor of backcountry trails through the forests of the north, I have ridden with bears, watched the eagles soar, and glimpsed the gray wolf watching me ride." H. Erdman, Journal entry, May, 2005.

*International Police Mountain Bike Association

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-27-05 @ 11:58 PM

General Discussion / Dalton Boys?
« on: May 07, 2005, 03:07:12 pm »
Hey, I know you guys from the BoB forum! Whad'ya just find out about this one? Great community here, very helpful and informative. Welcome aboard!

Everyone else, if you have questions about BoB trailers, the Dalton Boys are experts!!

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

This message was edited by Trailpatrol on 5-7-05 @ 11:07 AM

General Discussion / start tour operator business
« on: May 04, 2005, 01:26:31 pm »
Where are you located? In some respects that makes a difference, like if you were at the foot of the Lolo Motorway on the Lewis and Clark trail and wanted to lead groups over the pass, or are you on an established route or would you need to draw clients to you? Do you have any sort of client base have you established? Do you have trip leadership experience or would you need training? (Like ACA's "Leadership Training course, NOLS, etc.) Self-supporting, van-supported or "credit-card" tours? Equipment: Suitable vehicles, trailers, repair tools, parts, first aid supplies, coolers, stoves, etc. etc. Insurance? A marketing and business plan?

We tried this a few years back, and were only partly successful. Were still do the trips (self-supported MTB trips)for small groups, mostly as skills-teaching sessions, but on an occasional basis. Most of our clientele are missionary students, (primarily Lutheran) seeking training for travel in the Third World environment. We led a successful trip in Russia a few years back and built on that. Our primary emphasis, however, is first aid/medical training. About once every other year we put on a Wilderness First Aid Bike Trip and ride half a day, teach half a day. It is certainly a niche-type thing, but we found that tours alone wouldn't cut it here in MN. We have seen two other start-up bike tour services come and go in the past few years.

Personally, I think you are too late in the season if you plan to start this year. The big names like Cycle America and Western Spirit (not to mention ACA!) have been booking trips since February, which is when their brochures come out.

Good luck!

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Adirondack Cycling
« on: March 13, 2005, 12:23:03 pm »
Check out for info on both road and mountain biking in the Adirondacks. I'm a park ranger in Minnesota, who can trace my desire to become a ranger back to two summers at a summer camp outside of Old Forge. We used to have a cabin up near North Hudson when I lived in Cortland. I hope to visit the Adirondacks this summer, for the first time in 17 years.

Ride safe,

Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

General Discussion / Continental Breakfast
« on: March 13, 2005, 12:13:47 pm »
All that Dave B. said, plus I think it would be an absolutely crappy statement about our sport and the people in it. What about the riders that follow you?

Buy your breakfast. I mean what does a box of store brand instant oatmeal cost, anyhow?

Some people constantly cease to amaze me.


Hans Erdman, WEMT
Backcountry Trail Patrol-MN

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