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Offline erics

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what five would you bring?
« on: June 29, 2010, 01:33:23 PM »
I've been a backpacker for over 30 years, and I love going up to lakes in the forests here in Washington state.  I've recently been hiking with a brother-in-law of mine and we've decided to test our survival abilities in the later half of this summer.  As a self-inflicted rule we're only allowing each of us to bring in five items besides normal clothing.  I've been running various items thru my head trying to figure out which would do me the most good:

  • Knife---can't live without it.  However, I was watching Bizzare foods last night and Andrew Zimmern did pretty well with a machete.  It was useful in chopping wood and hacking his way through the vegetition.  Then I thought, "what about a hatchet?"  same sort of thing, but even better for making poles for the shelter, and customizing the firewood.  Not sure which one/combo to use here.
  • Compass---normally I'd say yes, but we're in a area I've been to many times and am familiar with.  So I'm tempted to say no on it in this instance.
  • matches/lighter---possibly, I know how to use a bow drill to start a fire, but nothing beats a quick fire like flicking a lighter.  I've also got a mag stick, but not sure there's an advantage over using a lighter to start a fire in this circumstance
  • emergency blanket---I'm leaning towards this
  • fishing pole---lots of fish there, so it'd make food a lot easier
  • cooking pot---can use it to boil water for drinking, and making stews, cooking food
  • water bottle---obvious reasons why it's good to have, but not really neccessary if to pot works well enough
  • tarp---easy shelter and water collector, not sure about it
  • Cord---probably bring some of it, too useful not to, and I'm not too good at making my own from whatever...
  • flashlight---I'm guessing a torch would also work fine here
  • toilet paper---ugh, can't imagine using leaves, with my luck I'd grab nettle by accident
  • water filter---might be a good choice, but boiling could work ok on it's own
  • plastic bags---good for storing water and collecting food

Late august/early September
Dewey lake area roughly 5000 ft elevation
Daytime temparound 75 f typically
Nightimte temp around 40-45 I'm guessing
Normally dryish that time of year

My five at the moment (changes by the minute):
  • Machete
  • Emergency blanket
  • Metal Pot
  • Cord
  • Plastic bags

What input/suggestions can you offer, or better yet what five things would you take if you were in our shoes?

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 03:05:24 PM »
You know eric, I'm a fan of these 'what would you bring, or what would you do' things because they allow me to see what other people consider essential goods.  I'm a minimalist so really, I don't need much, but on the other hand I have way to many interests and they always find a home in my backpack.

For me it'd be; copper cup, magnesium knife, flint/steel, mosquito net, earl grey tea.

 Everything else I could either find or make including cordage, but a good cup of tea is a must.
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 05:04:47 PM »
Hah Im drinkin earl gray tea right now ice tea with sugar. My favorite.

Knife probably my Cold Steel SRK.
My own flint and mag bar kit.
Big sheet of Visqueen  a brand of plastic sheeting.
Swedish military alcohol stove.
Cell phone if theres any possibility of a signal or if not Spot.
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 07:21:12 PM »
me my mora knife
flint and mag
cordage
tarp
metal pot
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.-henry David Thoreau

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2010, 07:31:59 PM »
me my mora knife
flint and mag
cordage
tarp
metal pot

WOW - Great minds think alike!  ;)

I was just typing and then read yours - It's the same thing in different order.

Go Klinsley!!

Don't know what kind of metal pot you have but mine is a canteen kit.
Run when you have to, fight when you must and rest when you can.

I hope I'm never in a survival situation; I may just like it's simplicity and decide to stay there.

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2010, 08:00:56 PM »
Hmmmm 5 items I think they would be

Fallkniven A-1
G.I. Canteen Kit
Poncho
ESEE Ferro Rod
Flashlight/Headlamp
 
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2010, 08:10:13 PM »
Flashlight/Headlamp

Oooo - good choice - especially on a outing style trip.
Run when you have to, fight when you must and rest when you can.

I hope I'm never in a survival situation; I may just like it's simplicity and decide to stay there.

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2010, 08:16:32 PM »
ontario pilot survival knife
Lmf firesteel
1qt military canteen and canteen cup
Water filter straw
Mylar blanket

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2010, 08:34:09 PM »
Knife,
Compass,
Poncho,
Camel Bak
Swedish steel LMF
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To bring witness to the day we all die

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2010, 09:04:36 PM »
Oooo - good choice - especially on a outing style trip.

In some places here it is treacherous enough to move at night with a light...I'd hate to try it without one. Under the canopy there is very little (practically none) light at night.

If I lived in your neck of the woods with such great shelter materials I'd leave off the poncho and take mosquito netting  ;)
 
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2010, 09:41:06 PM »
In some places here it is treacherous enough to move at night with a light...I'd hate to try it without one. Under the canopy there is very little (preactically none) light at night.

If I lived in your neck of the woods with such great shelter materials I'd leave off the poncho and take mosquito netting  ;)

Good point. It's a fact Mist that anyone north of 30 should have mosquito netting on their list, but especially in the boreal forests. They aren't especially aggressive, but they more than make up for it with numbers.
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2010, 09:52:38 PM »
Good point. It's a fact Mist that anyone north of 30 should have mosquito netting on their list, but especially in the boreal forests. They aren't especially aggressive, but they more than make up for it with numbers.

They are getting worse here by the year. I need to make a run out to the surplus store and see what they have on hand. Here, since I don't have any on hand, I would just set camp out near the edge of a bluff where there is a constant breeze and they aren't bad at all but in some places they get really bad. I know they sure were bad in the back side of Tampa Bay when I was younger...especially at sundown, and seemed even worse if it was a low tide.
 
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2010, 10:03:59 PM »
1-Knife (not sure which one really...)
2-Tarp (Easy instant shelter)
3-Guyout Stainless Steel Bottle (Water carrier, cooking, boiling)
4-Fire kit (Self explainable)
5-AMK Heet Sheet (Shelter, warmth, ect)
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2010, 10:49:36 PM »
1-Knife (not sure which one really...)
2-Tarp (Easy instant shelter)
3-Guyout Stainless Steel Bottle (Water carrier, cooking, boiling)
4-Fire kit (Self explainable)
5-AMK Heet Sheet (Shelter, warmth, ect)

I love my guyot very much don't get me wrong, and if I had an insulated case for it like that of the G.I. canteen that held both my guyot and the cup I'd definitely pick it over the GI canteen. The reason I chose the canteen kit is that it is essentially one item in it's cover but also has the cup and stove that it nests in so it gives me the ability to store water and cook simultaneously. With the guyot alone I have to choose one or the other.
 
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2010, 11:46:33 PM »
I forgot about my Swedish alcohol stove. I think Ill change the stainless pot.
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2010, 05:38:45 AM »
knife
firesteel
mosquito net
military canteen kit
bush saw

A torch would be a close second to the saw.
Now, as the ladder of life 'as been strung
You might think a sweep's on the bottommost rung
Though I spends me time in the ashes and smoke
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2010, 08:38:40 AM »
I forgot about my Swedish alcohol stove. I think Ill change the stainless pot.

Knowing you have both had me wondering for a few. I was looking at those Swedish kits the other day at the surplus store. I'm going to have to pick one up some day.
 
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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2010, 09:21:26 AM »
If I lived in your neck of the woods with such great shelter materials I'd leave off the poncho and take mosquito netting  ;)

The skeeters are a mess but a nice shelter and a smoke screen makes them bearable.
Run when you have to, fight when you must and rest when you can.

I hope I'm never in a survival situation; I may just like it's simplicity and decide to stay there.

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2010, 09:43:04 AM »
The skeeters are a mess but a nice shelter and a smoke screen makes them bearable.
That was my thinking.  I don't really have a problem with them once I get my fire going and stand in the smoke for awhile.
Complain less, breathe more.

It isn't until man is quiet that nature will speak.

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Re: what five would you bring?
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2010, 09:54:06 AM »
That was my thinking.  I don't really have a problem with them once I get my fire going and stand in the smoke for awhile.

The skeeters are a mess but a nice shelter and a smoke screen makes them bearable.

I don't want the mosquito netting for while I'm awake  ;)
 
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