boated out to an island to party with some friends last night.
wanted to make a fire because it was pitch black and raining but all we had was soaked wood and four sulfur dioxide emergency flares with 20 min burn times.
it took almost an hour, all four flares, and diligent, focused effort to finally get the smaller boards and limbs to catch and create coals (and those flares burn hot, continuously).
so if you think breaking a few wooden matches in half to fit them inside an altoid tin survival kit is a fail-safe, might i suggest at least a mini bic. otherwise good fuckin luck trying to start a fire with a broken match in the rain with wet wood on a beach in an emergency while hypothermia slowly sets in.
pay attention to kiev
Hit up a site called whiteblaze.net. They all sorts of info that you can imagine. Getting lightweight equipment can be done super cheap. There is another website called geartrade.com that has some amazing used gear at steep discounts. I plan on going NOBO in April.
the Appalachian Trail thru-hike is looking like more of a possibility now. new york is boring me and I have nothing tying me to this state.
seeing as though my bug out bag is obviously too heavy and more of a comprehensive pack for shtf survival, I need to quickly switch over to an inexpensive, ultralight pack & gear.
im not much of a backpacker and ive never been in the elements for as long as a thru-hike so I really have no idea what to bring.
if any at-thru hikers have any info on packs, sleep systems, food/stove, water/purification, shelter, down jacket shell? base layer, shoes, clothing in general etc. I would love to gather all information on all gear and cheapest places to buy.
im talkin bare-bones ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES. no creature comforts, no technology. just a basic pack that will keep me going for an entire thru hike.
Anonymous asked: About the drunken asshole breaking the tip off your buck knife, I once had a dumbass use my Cold Steel Tuff Lite to try and unscrew a screw out of his car dash. Needless to say, it ruined the edge. Now I carry a boker or a case xx for when people ask to borrow a knife and keep my bucks, spydercos, and cold steels for myself. And if there's drunken assholes around, I lend them my Gerber multiplier. Good luck fucking that thing up. And if they do, I hate the damn thing anyways.
hahaha good thinkin. I shouldnt leave my bug out bag discoverable during house parties anyway
another gift was this leatherman rebar. I already love it way more than my leatherman OHT. its constructed better, the blades feel stronger and it has more useful accessories. Its smaller and fits my hand better. it also has a key ring to attach it to a cable so it cant be dropped down a crevasse. the case has an actual belt loop rather than the OHT’s MOLLE strap. ill post a full comparison later on when im drunk.
my mother bought me this for christmas from lehmans.com. its like the swiss army knife for dental care. its got 2 metal picks for plaque and tartar, a christmas tree for what I assume is getting under braces, some sort of plastic floss thing, and a toothpick. definitely a handy thing to have, as most dentists will be unavailable after the shtf.
i am absolutely hell-bent and above excited about doing the Appalachian Trail come March 2014. i have never completed a “thru-hike” anywhere and 6-7 months of trekking is unknown waters to me. i may try to hook up with a charity like wounded warrior to see if i can raise any money doing this.
is there any thru-hikers out there with gear recommendations, exercise regiments prior to engagement, tips and stories from the trail, where to send supplies along the way, if a smartphone or sos beacon is necessary, specific camera to bring to document cool plants n shit, certain paces to keep in different areas, where i will need permits, where to acquire said permits, etc.
message me any and all information you have, i want to learn everything there is to learn.
hit 500 today! thanks guys n gals, happy halloween!
well ive narrowed it down to what i think are the essentials out of all my kits:
abdominal pad, combine pad, bzk wipes, disposable thermometer, safety pins, tweezers, quikclot sponge, emergen-c drink mix, electrolyte tabs, assorted size roll gauze, medical tape, triangular bandages, sterile nitrile gloves, n95 respirator, assorted size bandages, pure menthol cough drops, cover sponges, orajel, gauze shears, forceps, and x-acto knife with blades.
id like to get some triple antibiotic ointment and an anti-inflammatory like ibruprofen.
the kit isnt as small as id like but maybe if i bought a smaller package like a maxpedition i could condense it more.
any advice from professional medics? im all ears.