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2006 November Wild Survive Contest
« on: November 01, 2006, 03:45:47 PM »
Wild Survive NOVEMBER Contest - Best User Article Contest


Reward

The user who will write the best article will claim this month's award which is:
- Aboriginal Choker made of Dromedary Bones from a Camel and Sheeps Horn, also clam shells, nickel, glass beads (many thanks to the maker).
- a 5 in 1 whistle  (Whistle on lanyard, compass, mirror, match compartment, and striker for starting fires.)
- bonus points for the December Contest

Information

The article can be on any survival topic. The winner will be decided upon all moderators voting. All articles must be submitted until the 28th of November, so the administration team can have enough time to decide the winner.
Also I would like to note that both Bobimbob and Lycan Ican (he was second in the October Contest) will get some points.

Rules
- all members can participate, including the moderators, but excluding me  :sleep:
- the article must be original, and not copy&pasted material
- new users can register to join the contest

Let the games begin.

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Contest is over - Here is the winner
Lycan Ican
Congratz!
« Last Edit: November 30, 2006, 07:39:14 PM by Bravo »
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2006, 04:06:05 PM »
What a great contest Bravo!!! Well done.

APA formatting?   :P

Is there a minimum word count to qualify as an "article"?



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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2006, 04:36:10 PM »
No. As short/long as you like. But the size will obviously have an impact on the quality of the article. ;)
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2006, 12:49:26 PM »
great idea bravo, real nice one. This should bring some really good input in to it.

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2006, 10:28:37 AM »
I hope we will have at least 2 articles so we can decide upon a winner
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006, 12:26:03 PM »
Winter Driving Emergency kit

Winter is fast approaching so it is once again time to think about checking your existing Emergency Car kit or putting one together.

A large holdall is best for storing your kit in, kept in the boot (trunk) of the car but if bad weather is expected or you need to make journeys during storms or snow fall it might be an idea to move the bag into the passenger compartment of the vehicle so it is close to hand.

I feel it is important to have the supplies to see you through say a 48 hour period without having to rely on the cars fuel and battery. Then if the conditions improve enabling you to continue on your journey or turn around and go home, you cant because you have a flat battery or no fuel.

It is also important to have enough supplies for each person that is likely to be travelling with you. It is very common for the driver to put supplies in for themselves and forget that they often have family in the car with them. Entertainment is very important especially for the kids. Something that can amuse you but also entertain the whole family but remember electronic game need batteries once they are dead the game is useless so add board games, books to read and colouring books. A battery operated radio is a must for entertainment, news and weather reports, if you know what is happening in you local area you will experience far less anxiety than you would with not knowing anything. Replace all batteries in the radio and torches before the onset of winter and also pack fresh spear batteries.

Clothing is important, many people just throw an old jacket in the boot of there car but we often drive in everyday clothes and rely on the cars heater. Once the engine is off and temperature is dropping as night falls these clothes alone will be of little use. Pack a couple of old wool jumpers, a fleece and an old large thermal coat. Remember to keep you extremities warm so include wool hat, gloves or mittens and also take a couple pairs of large thick socks. By removing your shoes and replacing them with a couple pears of thick socks your feet will be a lot warmer. Also include some more suitable foot wear such as walking boots or wellington boots, these will keep your feet warm and dry when you leave the car. Only put them on when you go to leave the car and remove them when you return. Also have some old sleeping bags and/or wool blankets to throw over you and snuggle down under.

Now for the inner fire, food. It is best to take a selection if different non perishable foods, a couple of army ration packs or camping food would be great but not the dehydrated stuff, it requires lots of water and fuel to rehydrate it. The food is best if it can be eaten hot or cold. Also include hot drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate and of course sweets, they are a great morale booster, especially for the little ones. We need to think about a stove of some sort. I would suggest a simple camping gas stove for ease of use and reliability, include a couple larger re-sealable gas canisters, this should be enough to see you through, providing plenty of hot drinks and food. During storage do not keep the gas canisters connected to the stove. The stove will also add a little extra heat to the passenger compartment but it is not to be relied on as a heater. Make sure you have packed a supply of matches in a waterproof container and a lighter though. Also please remember if you are using the stove in the car be very careful, open a window a touch to allow oxygen in for the flame to burn correctly and to let the fumes out. A 5 gallon jerry can of water is ideal, the black army type are great and bombproof. Replace the water every six months. You will need to add a cook pot to warm your food in and I find a kettle is a luxury worth having; it will heat water quickly and efficiently. Go for a larger kettle and have a thermos flask in your kit. It is much more efficient to heat a large quantity of water and store what’s left in the thermos than to keep having to boil a small kettle. Don’t forget to include some cups and knives and forks although you can probably get away with just spoons.

A good large spot light type torch with a high capacity battery is great to have for moving around outside the car and for signalling your position, this is better than using the cars headlights because firstly you are conserving the cars battery and secondly a handheld torch is directional allowing you to point it where you need it, at rescuers for instance. Have some small torches inside the car, LED torches are wonderful as they have very long battery lives, often 100 hours plus, a couple of LED head torches would be great. You can also get candle lanterns; these give of a gentle warm comforting glow and have long burn times. A couple of these will give of a gentle background light; they will also help to keep the car inertia warm. This has the added benefit of improving the thermal heat signature of the car to rescuers that maybe searching for you using thermal imaging cameras i.e. police helicopters.

At this point it would be good to talk about attracting attention to yourselves. We have already spoken about a large spot light type torch and the use of candles.  Another idea is to get one of those flashing beckons you see at road works. Put this on the roof of the car and it attracts attention of not only likely rescuers but also to drivers of snowploughs. There have been a number of cases where snowploughs have driven, at speed, into the back of stranded or broken down cars injuring the occupants. Keep snow from building up on the car. The colour of the car will stand out from the snow making you more visible, if you have a light coloured car; drape one of your dark coloured blankets over the roof and rear window giving better contrast from the snow. A mirror used as a heliograph is a great way of attracting attention during the day in sunny conditions. If you need to attract attention to someone near by using noise is very effective, for this reason in all outdoor activities a whistle is a must have piece of kit. You can also shout but it is more effective to shout something with complex sounds such as COOEE which has lots of different sound and tones within the noise meaning the noise will travel further and is easier to hear than just shouting help. If you live in rural areas or regularly spend time travelling threw wilderness areas it might be an idea to include emergency strobe lights, radio communication equipment, emergency flares and emergency smoke to your kit. And finely don’t forget to try your mobile but remember in rural areas it is not a reliable system of communication.

There are times when you become stuck in only an inch or two of snow and you know if you could get some help you could be out and on your way. Well there are some things you can carry to aid self help. Firstly a big bag of builder’s sand in the boot of a rear wheeled car will add weight to the rear axle and will increase traction; this may be enough to have stopped you getting stuck in the first place. As would tire chains, always fit them before driving on snow and ice. Having at least four large potato bags, feed bags or Hessian sacks in the boot are great for putting under the wheels to add traction when on slippery surfaces. A shovel in the car is great for moving snow or mud from around the tires and can be used to break up ice on the road so you can get traction. And, if you are truly stuck, use it for clearing the snow from around your vehicle so you can exit it and to keep snow from covering the exhaust pipe. I also like to keep a saw in the car just in case I need to clear any small branches that may be blown down into the road. 
A tow rope is always a great addition but only use it if you know how to safely and without damaging your vehicle.

Finally if you do become stuck it is important you stay with your vehicle, it is on a road which will see some sort of activity eventually. Do not panic, take a moment to compose yourself and organise you thoughts. Then make a plan, sort your kit out to best help you stay warm, dry and comfortable. Place your signals out to help attracted attention. It is often very sensible to set a routine i.e. (example only) on the hour every hour get out of the car, clear the snow from on top and all the way around and pay particular attention the exhaust area, just in case as a very last resort you have to use the car engine. When shovelling snow or mud do not rush, do not over exert yourself and only make small shovels falls. Check all your signals are still visible and working. Then get back in the car make a hot drink and switch the radio on for ten minuets.

I am often asked “what if there is a house near by”? The answer is stay with your car do not attempt to go to the house. If residence of the house come to you by all means go with them if you feel safe to do so. The fact they have come to you shows they are in and are willing to help. They know the area and know it is safe to get to you and if the condition and visibility were to closedown around you they have a good idea in what direction to head back to the house, if that was to happen though I would be inclined to stay with the car until things had improved. Pack up your equipment and take it with you, there electricity might be out by the time you get to the house and they might not have the supplies that you have available, leave a note in you car saying were you have gone and leave the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition so if your car is needed to be moved by a road clearing team they can. Only go back to the car when help has come to the house to ask about you and they take you back to the car or when the conditions have improved and the road open

Be safe and only make important journeys; there is no need to put yourself and possibly others at risk.

Adrian Floyde © 2006
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2006, 12:47:45 PM »
Well done Adi!!

Great topic and content, and very well written. Its nice to see that people actually can write a proper essay with good grammer, and that they have taken advantage of spell check (not that you needed it)!!

Again, well done.

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2006, 04:26:58 PM »
Indeed Adi - great article. This proves my voting was correct BigBlue ;)
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2006, 12:05:46 PM »
Yeh, yeh, yeh!!!  ;)

I will head your judgment next time 'round. :thumbsup:
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2006, 06:29:48 AM »
Excellent article, Adi!  I've started a "Survival" notebook with important info from our forum and this will definitely go into my notebook.  Thanks!
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2006, 01:39:29 PM »
I am glad some one has spent the time to read it Holly and to take a little of it in, thank you for that
Getting out there and doing it. Aptare et superare ;)

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2006, 03:44:54 PM »
Holly - that is a great idea.
The notebook thing.
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2006, 08:57:01 AM »
Thanks, Bravo.  I did have all the helpful posts taped to my refrigerator (Lead Dog's and Adrenjunky's gear lists for example) but my fridge is covered with so much of Ashley's artwork, there was no more room for MY stuff.  Plus, with a notebook, I can copy it for friends, have a copy in my car, at home, in my office desk drawer, wherever I might need it.
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2006, 09:06:19 AM »
Holly, just how many people are you sharing that stuff with?  Man, I knew I should have copyrighted that stuff and cashed in on the royalties!  :D

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2006, 07:39:22 AM »
Adi, I had no doubt about your ability and knew you would make a fine asset. Keep up your hard work; many will benefit from this.

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2006, 06:35:13 AM »
Bravo, I'm working on a couple of articles, but I can't decide which one would be most helpful, "Makeup in the Woods, Estee Lauder or Maybelline?" or my other one "Food or Best Pillow?  Packing Light But Packing Smart".    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2006, 10:10:42 AM »
:D
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2006, 02:41:46 PM »
~ I like those Holly, here was my idea, tell me what you think:

Camping and Curly hair ~  How the Wild actually brings out the BEST in your curls...
Whether you were born with corkscrew curls, or Botticelli curls like my own, you will
discover that less is more when dealing with curls. After being deprived of shampoo for four days, with only lake water to rinse in, my curls never looked better... was I on to something here?  8|

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2006, 08:23:38 PM »
Taken, if I still had my long, spiral-curled hair, I'd love your article!  As it is, however, mine is short and straight, so can you include some helpful hints for that kind of hair?  I usually end up pulling it away from my face with a headband.  Can you cover different styles so all the members can learn some things about their particular hair types?  You are the BEST!   

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Re: November Wild Survive Contest
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2006, 09:26:22 PM »
“City Woman’s Guide to Hiking”


Being a tenderfoot myself, I thought it would be very helpful if I could bring up a few hints for any of the ladies out there who may be starting to venture out there in the wilderness for the first time.  I have learned these things through great trial and tribulation but I pass the experience and knowledge on to my sisters with a glad heart!


JEWELRY

Earrings -If the weather is cold, do not wear earrings.  The cold air will freeze the metal, it will go right through your earlobe, and you will shriek like a banshee when your earlobe thaws out.  

In warm weather, it is acceptable to wear french hook earrings.  You can convert these to fishhooks if necessary.

Diamonds – I know it is a hard thing to do, but take the cubic zirconium with you and leave the ice at home.
Just bring one piece of the real stuff in case you need it for bartering purposes.

 
MAKEUP

It does not matter if you are hiking alone or with a group or with your sweetheart, for goodness sake,
don’t forget your makeup!!!  Most foundation/powder has SPF 15 or higher to protect your magnolia complexion from the sun and contains moisturizers to protect your face from drying out like an old piece of leather.  

It’s natural to feel like you’re gonna die after hiking up steep trails, but there is no reason why any woman should look like death warmed over at the end of the day.

Also, you know how it is whenever you run to the grocery store in your old sweats and your bunny slippers, you ALWAYS run into someone you know and you feel about two inches tall.  Well, the same thing could happen out there, so be prepared.  You do not want to run into somebody you know and have them tell your whole Sunday school group how you looked without your face on!

In case of a bear attack, you can poke the bear in the eye with your mascara wand.
You know how painful that is when you do it accidently.  Your eye instantly tears up and shuts, you can’t see anything, and it burns worse than if someone had stuck you in the eye with a hot poker.  No bear will be able to take that kind of pain.


SHAVING

Shaving – Ladies, bring the razor.  There is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to sleep with your legs prickling each other every time you move around.  And if you’re sharing a sleeping bag with your sweetie, he sure doesn’t want you scratching his legs with your stubbly legs either.

However, there is an exception to the shaving rule and this is critical:

DO NOT WAX, SHAVE, OR PLUCK YOUR BIKINI LINE BEFORE HIKING!!!

I don’t care what kind of adventures you are planning on having out there, DO NOT DO IT!!!  You will die.  Or wish you could.

Trust me.  I know.


CONCLUSION

As for the rest of the lesser important things, like water, shelter, fire, food, all I can advise is for you to either take your sweetie along and you two play “The Lady and the Sherpa” or else you just hike for the day and come on home and soak in a nice bubble bath with some champagne and candles and get your nails done.

I sure hope this helps you, Girls!
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