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Backpacker Magazine – October 2000
Follow this cover-up advice before you head into the desert.
Despite temps that can top 100°F, expose as little skin as possible when desert hiking. "Your skin must be protected from the heat, ultraviolet rays, blowing sand, insects, and water loss that occurs," says Edward Otten, MD, of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, College of Medicine. And top yourself off with a wide-brim hat.