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  • John Huelsdonk (1867-1946), was the first settler on the Hoh River, about 30 miles up the valley. Huelsdonk came to the Olympic Peninsula in 1892.

  • He had a short stature and a massive torso and powerful arms, he was known as "The Iron Man of the Hoh" because of his strength and accomplishments. Huelsdonk had to pack everything miles up a rough mountain trail that forded streams on narrow logs. An old tall tale relates his meeting a neighbor while carrying a heavy cook stove to his cabin.

  • Devil's claw is an herb. The botanical name, Harpagophytum, means "hook plant" in Greek.

  • The roots and tubers of the Devil's claw plant are used to make medicine for "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis), arthritis, gout, muscle pain (myalgia), back pain, tendonitis, chest pain, gastrointestinal (GI) upset or heart burn, fever, and migraine headache.

  • Beaver Fever is a popular name for Giardiasis, an intestinal infection caused by a microscopic, single-celled parasite.

  • Giardiasis is typically found in lakes, streams, or ponds that have been contaminated by human, muskrat, dog, or beaver feces, hence the name "Beaver Fever."

  • Some typical symptoms of Beaver Fever (Giardiasis) include fever and diarrhea, which may lead to significant weight loss. Sometimes the diarrhea is chronic and lasts for months.

  • Homeopathic healing is practicing medicine using natural means to treat illness, and as many as 25% of practicing physicians consider themselves homeopaths.

  • The Devil's Club plant can be found in a fairly wide area across the United States, preferring areas with moist, acidic forest floors and cooler temperatures. It's been found as far east as Michigan, sticking mainly to the northern states and Canada.

  • In many saunas, a person's skin temperature quickly rises to 104 degrees Farenheit (40 degrees Celsius) and heart rate can increase by over 30%.

  • Due to the heat of a sauna and the increased blood flow to the skin it causes, a person can perspire over a pint of sweat in one short use.

  • Giardia, the bacteria behind Beaver Fever, is one of many disease-causing bacteria that one risks encountering by drinking natural, unsterilized water, including Cryptosporidium, Shigella, and norovirus. Infections by any of these bacteria leads to diarrhea, vomiting, or fever, and require antibiotic treatments.

  • The Hoh River originates high on glacier-capped Mount Olympus. The river is fed by snowmelt and rain as it descends 7,000 feet to the Pacific Ocean.

  • Using a sauna's heat to induce "deep sweating" is one method of detoxifying one's body. It is believed that deep sweating expels various heavy metals and toxins from the body, though the main benefit of sauna usage may simply be relaxation.

  • Intense exercise or the use of a sauna elevates body temperature in much the same was as a fever, which may help the body eliminate harmful bacterias and speeds recovery from illness.
3 comments
Judy Predmore
Judy Predmore

I watched all the episodes in one afternoon and was thoroughly engrossed.  I live near Mt Rainier and have never been to the Hoh rain forest.  It would be great to have all the episodes on a disc like "Alone in the Wilderness".  I still enjoy watching that to this day.  Is there a next season for Mick?  I can't wait to see how he made out in the hideaway cave this winter.

kevin needles
kevin needles

I grew up in the area the show is filmed and spent many years in the mountains, coast and woods.  Besides the comedy, the stuff Mick does is accurate and I have camped, crabbed, fished and hiked the same way.

Jodi Carr
Jodi Carr

This show is fake. Totally. Too bad, although it is funny.