Caution: Blue Ridge Mountains Health Advisory!

imagesNotice: Discovery and adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains can affect your health.

Widespread reports of the following conditions have been reported in the North Georgia area

Vision– you can’t believe your eyes, it can even make you cry!

Respiratory Distress– the beauty of your discoveries can take your breath away.  Hiking up to a mountain top can also cause heavy breathing!

Heart Rate– can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It has been reported that upon their first sighting of the Blue Ridge Mountains, that many people feel as though a heavy burden has been lifted.  Getting away from all of the stress and pressures of your busy life could lower your blood pressure too.

Emotions– can run wild, romances rekindled, passions aroused.  We have even heard reports that something in the water up here can cause babies!  There is only anecdotal evidence of this occurring, but you may want to take precautions if you are not prepared for the consequences.

Loss Of Consciousness– restful sleep and nodding off on the porch has been widely reported in the area as well.

Hot Flashes, Cold Sweats– hiking up a mountain trail can result in sweating, even when it is cold outside!

Excessive Thirst– your adventures will dehydrate you, upon returning to civilization, you should immediately rehydrate with local water, apple cider, wines and locally brewed elixirs.

Extreme Hunger– Excessive physical and visual stimulation may result in temporary hunger pangs which will ease with immediate relief at numerous local eating establishments or by throwing something on the grill.

Post Parting Depression– You can become distraught and depressed when your vacation ends, and you have to return home.

We are sharing these symptoms with you hoping that you will experience some or all of them during your North Georgia Vacation. But there are other health concerns that you should be aware of too!

Wilderness – it means wild!

There are people up here  that we really don’t want you to meet:  our fire/ rescue personnel, emergency room staff, evacuation helicopter pilots.  As you venture out, you should be prepared, and also use caution. Rocks are slippery and sharp, and high places can result in falls.  Your adventures are real, and your accidents can become very real too!

This is not the same as running around the corner to get whatever you need, you will need to do a little preparation before heading out on a mountain adventure.  Almost every book, map and article will tell you to take the 10 Essentials with you on your adventure, but what are they?

10 Essentials

I have always heard about the “10 Essentials” and never really knew what they were.  Here is an updated list of the 10 Essentials that you should take with you into the wild on your adventure:

  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing, include a rain jacket)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. (this is my addition) Communication – let people know where you are going, and when you will be back.  Your cell phone may not work in remote areas, but take it with you anyway!

The reason you should take all of these with you is because accidents happen!  Even on a short hike, the unexpected does happen.  When it does, you will be prepared to deal with it!

One More Thing!

I know this is getting too long, but I need to say this too:

Leave No Trace!

Leave No Trace should be all of our philosophies when we are adventuring.  There are 7 principles that you should consider during your excursion:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

’nuff said!  Come have a great time in the Blue Ridge Mountains! – Sundance Cabin Rentals




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