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Re: [pct-l] giardia
- Subject: Re: [pct-l] giardia
- Date: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 3:35 PM
>We are just approaching this from different angles. I assume that the hiker
is competent, well read and can take responsibility for their own treatment.
I couple that with the extreme difficulty in accessing a physician on the
trail, and conclude that self diagnosis and treatment is a reasonable
Unfortunately, that is a bad assumption to make. I am still amazed every
year by the number of poorly equipped and poorly prepared people I meet on
the trail. I do think that with the stress of any adventure (especially if
you are a long way from a trailhead), you get to a little paranoid about
what would normally be a simple illness. I carry what to some would be
allot of medical gear, but mine is built around treating injury, not major
illness. The way I figure it, if I get sick, I can still make a trailhead
and turn to a doctor for treatment, but if I fall and get hurt, I will need
to treat myself.
Nothing wrong with carrying prescription meds if you want too, I think in
the Sierras it is mostly unnecessary.
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