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Yesterday at 06:58 PM Stuff to pick up at your local thrift store by TeacherRO

What do you look for at your local thrift store? Fo me its fleece blankets for the car. (Many of which are just pieces of fleece material.) Great for insulation, padding cargo and covering valuables.

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07/17/18 04:55 AM Alive 7 days after Driving off Cliff by dougwalkabout

Headline: "Campers rescue woman who survived for 7 days after veering off California cliff"


She used a multitool at hand to bash her way out of the SUV, and survived seven days on water from a nearby creek.

But there was no way to climb back up the cliff.

She was found by a couple who were surfers/adventurers, looking for a fishing spot since the water was not surf-friendly, who lowered themselves down on ropes and spotted the wrecked SUV. Adventurers indeed! The finest kind.

Takeaway #1: The gear you carry may be to help someone else.

Takeaway #2: Beware the details in news stories; the first report I saw (different site) was that she survived by drinking the water out of her radiator. I was pretty sure that was not the case, and that deadly information was being given to readers (people remember things like that, while not understanding the details).

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07/15/18 03:26 PM Woman rescued from wolves by helicopter by clearwater

I have a friend who was treed by wild pigs in California, here is someone who was treed by a pack of wolves.


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07/15/18 07:56 AM Hikers in mudflats rescued by M_a_x

The article in German states that the three people were surprpised by the flood.
Tidal tables are available for this region (and should be used to plan walks). The tidal amplitude makes the water rise too fast to outrun it - especially in the mudflats. A good whistle, PFD and maybe a Cyalume light might come in handy when one gets in a situation like that.
Tourists regularly get in trouble there. Once you see the water rise you already are in trouble.

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07/15/18 01:11 AM 96 Hours in California Desert by dougwalkabout


This solo hiker slipped in rugged terrain, broke her pelvis in a fall, and survived four days until SAR found her.

No-one knew she where she was going, or that she was missing, until her friends noticed a lack of Instagram postings.

Perhaps I'm old school; this does not strike me as a practical strategy. But a win is a win, period.

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