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05/12/17 01:36 AM CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5 by Phaedrus

Obviously this is old news having been released six or seven years ago, but I just finally got mine! whistle Now I wish I'd have bought it years ago! grin Great little knife. You can only expect so much out of a knife that small and that inexpensive but I think it exceeds all of the design goals set for it. The RSK feels like a bigger knife than it is due to terrific design by Doug and CRKT.

As a knife nerd there are obviously things I would change about the knife but considering the price I can't imagine how you could sell a knife this size and do any better. Right now Amazon has it for $15 shipped (it certainly appears to be the genuine article, complete with the Ritter CRKT branded tin).

I look forward to my next trip to put it through its paces.

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05/11/17 05:02 PM Improvising First Aid by hikermor

I am sure that most of us routinely have access to some sort of FAK, hopefully compatible with our training. Within it most likely there are meds of various sorts, bandaids and sterile dressings, etc.,but nothing too terribly bulky or heavy.

This means that when faced with a really serious injury, we will need to improvise -a bandanna becomes part of a tourniquet- a belt or duct tape holds a dressing in place, etc.

What improvisations come to mind when you contemplate dealing with various serious situations when you are not in quick communication with 911? What are your tips and tricks which will be generally useful?
Sometimes even fully equipped SAR teams run out of supplies. I once took off my pants to complete splint padding (I had a second pair in my pack)....

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05/07/17 05:54 PM New EDC LED Solitaire by CJK

Just got a Mag light LED solitaire. (standard disclaimer-no assoc. with Mag light-just a user of them) I have to say I'm impressed. Less than 10 dollars and quite bright with a single AAA! The package said 47 lumens.....wasn't sure 'exactly how bright that would be' for my uses but getting it..... Again....impressed! Can light up the 40 foot driveway easily. Looking forward to running it through the paces. At this point if anyone is looking for something similar..... I do, at this time, recommend it.

I had an ARC light (single AAA) that I loved but at 35 bucks a light was a little pricey. Especially since I had to send it back several times as the aluminum threads kept stripping. Each time it cost me 5 bucks shipping, so it was up to half the price of the light. I finally lost the bulb assembly head so I had been looking for a replacement since.

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05/04/17 12:52 PM Climber Trapped on Mount Logan after Earthquakes by bacpacjac

First of all, I hope everyone up North is safe and sound!

Interesting on-going story about a climber stuck on Mount Logan after earthquakes triggered several avalanches on Monday and forced her to retreat down the mountain to a safer spot. Martinez is unharmed and has established a new camp as she awaits rescue, which is to be coordinated by Parks Canada, possibly on Friday.

"The trek was expected to take Martinez two weeks, but she packed an extra week’s worth of fuel and food in case of emergency. As the storm let up, she’s been able to prepare warm drinks," She's texting regularly, and if I read the details correctly, she started her climb 9 days ago, so should have about a week and half or so worth of food and fuel left. With a little luck, this should turn out better than the ill-fated journey of that couple in the Himalayas.

Links to a couple of the news reports:



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05/02/17 02:13 PM FEMA Funding for shelters? by LCranston

I was reading an article on tornado shelters on website houselogic, and came a cross a statement that FEMA provides states with funds that can be used to reimburse people for up to 75% of the cost of installing a FEMA rated Tornado Shelter.
One would apply to the state, not directly to FEMA.

I found a 2012 article for Nebraska that correlates with this:
Maximum match would be up to 5250.00 (75% of 7000.00)

I have an email in to my state to see if this program is still supported in 2017.

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