Good article. An awful lot of people aren't aware of how serious tick-born diseases can be, and an awful lot of tick-born diseases go undiagnosed until it is too late or get misdiagnosed if the doctor isn't aware of the tick bite. This article is definitely a worthwhile read.
Having had rocky mtn tick fever, I can say for a fact you want to make sure you remove ticks properly and check for them regularly. When I discovered a tick buried in the back of my thigh (probably had been there for at least a day) I just ripped it off, leaving the head buried in my skin, exactly the wrong thing to do.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...