Category: Outdoor Insurance

ATV Trail Riding: 7 Safety Tips You Can’t Ignore

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Hunter with an ATV

If you’re like most outdoorsmen in East Tennessee, you probably grew up riding ATVs and still enjoy taking one out on the trails during hunting season from time to time. Though, even the most experienced riders can sometimes make the mistake of not taking ATV safety seriously – and with life-threatening consequences. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, hundreds of outdoors enthusiasts die as a result of…

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A Few Tips for Bike Maintenance

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Bike Maintenance

Mountain biking and cycling are excellent means of transportation, as well as great exercise – all while being a total blast! Routine maintenance is crucial for a healthy bike, but it is also important to “know your stuff” when you walk into a bicycle shop to drop some dollars. Here are few helpful tips for Bike Maintenance: The only bad bikes are the ones that you do not ride. If…

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5 Outdoor Safety Tips for Solo Adventures

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5 Safety Tips for Solo Adventures

Solo adventuring through the great outdoors can be thrilling and spontaneous while calming and peaceful. That is what makes independently trekking through the woods or a lone bike ride up and down a spiraling mountainside so appealing to many outdoors enthusiasts. The rush from the introspective struggle and harmony with nature when you are on your own is exciting, but it is also important to remember to be smart about…

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Hiking Tips: Stay Hydrated!

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photo credit: amytrippmyers The sun is finally shining and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains is finally an option! Although there are a lot of great hikes in the mountains, waterfalls may stand out from how hot it has been. As always, safety is the key to having a great hike so know how many miles, the rating key, and even weather before you start out! The most important aspect of…

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Current Danger

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With all the rainfall lately, the water levels have risen. What does this mean for tubers, rafters, and swimmers? It means be very careful of the current. The photo above doesn’t show what the current was like last Friday at the “Y” in the Great Smoky Mountains. Once you get in, the current actually pulls you up river and deeper towards the swift current. Once out there, the water is moving fast….

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Avoid the Itch

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photo credit: Kerry Wixted The first step to not getting a rash from poison ivy or any type of poisonous plant is to know what it looks like. Poison ivy has three bright green leaves with an often shiny appearance. This plant can grow up trees or buildings. The vines are often reddish in appearance and the roots that allow them to grow up objects can make them look hairy. Don’t…

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Hiking – Take Small Steps

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Finding yourself worn out and tired during hiking? Here’s a tip, take small steps. It may not seem like much, but when the trail is rocky with many obstacles in your path it is beneficial to take the route with the least increase in elevation and attempt to walk between the rocks. This way you are conserving your energy and your leg muscles will not get burned out as quickly. And most…

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What to do if Caught in a Wildfire

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photo credit: ressaure Fires can happen quickly; wildfires especially. This past Sunday there was one up in the Pigeon Forge/Great Smokey Mountains area. Thankfully no one was hurt, but more than thirty rental cabins were destroyed. We’ve talked about preventing fires before, but what happens if you are caught in a wildfire? Here are some tips: • Put a moist cloth, if possible, to avoid inhaling smoke as well as getting…

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How to Pack a Pack

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Step one: Decide to go backpacking. Step two: Decide where to go. Step three: Get the gear. Step four: Pack your pack. Step five: Go backpacking. Above are five easy steps to going backpacking. Seemingly simple, right? Let’s dive a littler deeper into the fourth step; pack your pack. Because there are different backpacks available, it depends how you pack your backpack. If the pack is an external frame, the weight should…

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ADA Compliance for Pools

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photo credit: davidkn1 Title III of the ADA requires that places of public accommodation (e.g., hotels, resorts, swim clubs, and sites of events open to the public) remove physical barriers in existing pools to the extent that it is readily achievable to do so (i.e., easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense). – Hat Tip Recently, we had a campground owner contact us about…

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