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Yesterday at 03:03 PM Backpacker survives 27 days after getting lost. by Mark_R


She stepped off the trail for a bathroom break and got royally turned around. It's a good example of how important water and environmental protection is to survival. It's also an argument for a decent signalling system.

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Yesterday at 06:48 AM Phony glass signal mirrors and who is selling them by WesleyH


I wanted to "Bounce this off" of you if you will. I quite surprised to find the exact same mirrors that Doug warned about in this post:


The exact same mirrors, are currently being sold by MidwayUSA. I had been looking for the now almost rare 3X5 verson and was delighted to discover that MidwayUSA had them at a decent price. I would add that Midway has always been an upstanding company. . .Until now.

They arrived 3 days ago. In looking at them, I noticed the aiming function did not work at all. Did a little research and found Doug's posting. Sure enough, same mirror exactly.

-Foam case
-Gold "made in Taiwan" label
-Exact same language on back, "REFECTION, EMERGENCY, SIGNAL, MARK, LIGHT SOURCE"
-Exact same rivet
-Exact same cord. Most importantly, they DON't WORK!


As soon as I realize what occurred, I sent an email advising them of the fake mirrors. I also reminded them that the mirrors were being sold as survival signaling mirrors, and if anyone else had purchased them, they would not function as intended and could potentially endanger anyone who tried to use them.

I have received two messages back, both kindly telling me I could return them. Neither made mention of the risk, or withdrawing the mirrors.

I could understand their sales of the mirrors and not knowing them to be fake. However, they seem totally cavalier of the danger of their product.

Most disappointed to say the least.

Wesley Horton

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05/24/16 06:20 PM States ranked acording to preparedness by Mark_R




Originally Posted By: The States Least Prepared for Disaster
To determine which states are best prepared for an environmental disaster or a public health emergency, 24/7 Wall St. rated states based on criteria determined by the National Health Security Preparedness Index, a program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. For each state, we reviewed certain disaster preparedness policies, such as whether the state mandates child-care facilities to have emergency evacuation plans, whether state public health labs have enough staff to properly combat a serious disease outbreak, and whether the state has a firm plan to combat issues that can stem from climate change. Currently, just 15 states have such a plan.

We also reviewed states on measures including the number of physicians and emergency medical technicians per capita, as well as changes in emergency management funding.

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05/23/16 06:34 PM The 10 Best Natural Tinders... by Treeseeker

I came across this interesting video and the narrator is quite a character (and sounds like a pro). Its worth watching.

The 10 Best Natural Tinders You Can Find In a Forest, and How to Use Them

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05/18/16 11:36 PM The Belt of My Dreams by hikermor

Manuacturer's website: http://bbm-equipement.com/en/2-tybelt-pro.html

This is a strong, multi-purpose belt which should serve admirably for uses involving technical rope or climbing situations. Mine just arrived and it is serving admirably as a belt. It is designed, and certified, for much more - meets CE EN566 requirements, and is classified as personal protective equipment PPI Class 3. I haven't the foggiest what that latter designation implies, but the belt is thoroughly stitched and I am confident it can serve as a sling, tether, or even as part of an improvised climbing harness, although that last would be a stretch. The failure strength is given as 22kn (above 4000 foot pounds).

It incorporates two loops, suitable for carabiner attachment, one at the buckle and the other at the far end of black tubular webbing. My locking biners clip in quite easily. I think I will wear this a lot when in the field, knowing that my belt came serve for more than just keeping my pants in place. It is a big improvement over some of the ersatz stuff currently available.

Technical suspenders, anyone?

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