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Yesterday at 03:51 AM Article: Community, Preparedness, Resiliency by dougwalkabout

Hello all, I came across this short article in Grit.com and thought you might find it worth your time.

"Reasonable Preparedness, Real Resiliency"

"During 33 years of working in disaster situations and conflict zones, and after hundreds of interviews with war and disaster survivors, I have never heard a single soul say; I wished Id had a gun, that would have made everything better. What they said was, I wish Id have had my friends and family. The other most heard desire was, I wish we had a safe place to go."

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12/04/19 08:29 PM Nifty small headlamp by hikermor

Just recently obtained a Quokka, a small headlamp manufactured by Knog, an Australian company that makes bicycle lights and similar items. it is mall and compact - the entire unit weighs less than 2 ounces. I have been using mine about a week and I am very satisfied.

The light contains a wide beam, a focus (distance beam, a red LED light, all contained in an integrated unit with a male USB fitting which slips into a silicone headband (various colors). the headbnd at full extension fits comfortably around my 7 1/4 noggin. I would need to work up some kind of fixture to fit it on a climbing helmet or similar, but I am sure that is possible.

I have not done any actual night hiking with this unit, but using around the house at night, i am positive ti would work well. I have hiked many miles with lights that were far less bright. The unit emits a max 80 lumens (both spot and wide beams working together) for two and one half hours. Both LEDs are adjustable and long run times are available. the red LED is said to shine for about 80 hours.

Do pay attention to the instructions, especially master the lock function since the unit will turn on very easily if not locked.

This light is available only from REI in the USA, with whom I have no connection other than a satisfied customer.

Knog offers two year warranton on the unit, but only six months on the battery, which is puzzling, since the battery or something similar is integrated into the unit and not obviously separable. It is not clear how that would function.

Anyway, this is a light, bright headlamp that shoud be ery useful...

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11/25/19 02:13 PM Fire starter by Janysboy

Is there any benefit to mixing petroleum jelly with alcohol hand sanitizer? Seems it would catch a spark more quickly and vould be carried in a squirt bottle. I don't get out in the woods much, so wondered if those with more experience had an opinion?

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11/22/19 02:49 AM Get home bag now a bail out bag by pforeman

So - I retired at the end of July and have been looking over my 'get home' bag in the trunk of the car. Now, I no longer am far from the homestead on a regular basis and am thinking of the contents in a different way. It's slowly being converted into a bail out bag with stuff to support me/us if the car needs to be abandoned or is somehow stuck and we can't get out.

I'm in an urban/suburban area and will not be (usually) more than about 10 miles from the house day to day and often much closer. One change I've made is to add in a pair of good hiking shoes as I am no longer wearing good boots daily and may have on (heavens!) a pair of slip on loafers! So the contents are being reviewed.

I am also thinking over the addition of a "bail out coat" with "stuff" in the zipped up pockets that could be helpful while providing a wearable shelter too - sort of along the idea of an airman's survival vest... It's in the thinking stage and I've not really done anything with this yet but plan to.


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11/22/19 02:38 AM equipped.org web page by pforeman

I get to the forum from the 'home' web page equipped.org and noticed today that Doug has some interesting new reviews added to the site.

While I've got the situations discussed there somewhat in hand there was/is good food for thought there too. So, Thanks to our Mr. Ritter!

Paul -

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