I stumbled upon a good article on Flotography, a new-to-me blog on running written by a photographer/designer – fun because it touches on several of my interests! He wrote about what to do if you’re bitten by a venomous snake while out on the trails.
On VenomByte, you can look up venomous snakes and spiders by state to view information and photos of the varieties specific to your area. Luckily, we have few here in Maryland but in the south and midwest they look to be much more common.
It seems like there is a lot of conflicting and misinformation out there on how to handle bites in the wild, but the most important suggestion is to get yourself to medical help as soon as possible – don’t waste time trying anything else.
For this and other safety concerns, REI offers two day Wilderness First Aid classes at their stores. C was asking about what to do out on the trails in an emergency recently, and I found out that the Scouts offer a training as well that I will look into for him when he’s older (Scouts need to be at least 14). In the mean time, there are plenty of books and information online!
If you’re planning to spend considerable time outdoors, consider the SAS Survival Guide – it covers every emergency situation I could come up with and then some!