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Yesterday at 08:44 PM ARkStorm by Russ

As mentioned in passing in the Urban 10 Essentials thread ...
... an ARkStorm (for Atmospheric River 1,000 Storm) is a hypothetical but scientifically realistic "megastorm" scenario developed and published by the United States Geological Survey, Multi Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP). It describes an extreme storm that might impact much of California causing up to $725 billion in losses (most caused by flooding), and affect a quarter of California's homes. The event would be similar to exceptionally intense California storms which occurred between December 1861 and January 1862. The storm would be a 1-in-1000-year event.[1] The name "ARkStorm" means "Atmospheric River (AR) 1,000 (k)."

ARís are real. Iíve seen a Pineapple Express hit the PNW following an early snow. All the snow melted and the rain came down on top of that; the rivers got really full. It made a mess and thatís in an area that routinely gets quite a bit of rain.

$.02 ó food for thought.

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Yesterday at 08:34 PM Radiation by hikermor


This is a followup article on an unusual situation at Grand Canyon National Park, where the park safety officer states that workers and visitors in one o the park buildings were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation from three buckets of uranium ore kept in the building.

The article cited above gives the response o experts who dispute, on various grounds, the dangers to which people were exposed. note that one of those quoted says that gamma rays pose insignificant dangers since they are stopped by almost anything.

This didn't agree with what I remembered from my long ago high school physics class so the quote below from Wikipedia:

"Gamma rays are ionizing radiation and are thus biologically hazardous. Due to their high penetration power, they can damage bone marrow and internal organs. Unlike alpha and beta rays, they pass easily through the body and thus pose a formidable radiation protection challenge, requiring shielding made from dense materials such as lead or concrete."

So something is screwed up. It is best to take a lot of breaking stories with a grain of salt (non-iodizing)....

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02/08/19 07:24 PM Updated Every Day Carry (EDC) by TeacherRO

What has changed about your EDC?
What items have you dropped or added?

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02/06/19 09:19 PM Survival then and now - Cutting Remarks by hikermor

I developed an interest in wilderness survival, preparedness, and Search and Rescue while in college in Arizona during the late 50's. One of my first sources of info was, and is, The Survival Book,by Paul Nesbitt, Alonzo W. Pond, and William H. Allen, 1959. Sixty years old, and based heavily on data and experiences from WWII, some of its recommendations are no longer relevant, but much remains true today, especially the significance of the will to survive and knowledge to guide the use of various tools and techniques.

One looks in vain for an extended discussion of the ideal survival knife, a subject which scrambles many electrons on the internet these days.

Their section on "Axes and knives," mostly discusses the care needed in using axes and says this only about knives - "A machete can be sharpened with only a file... (p.38).

Finally, in appendix 2, pages 327-328 (the final pages of the work), we find the following:

"The basic survival tool is the knife, preferably a machete or other large knife with a blade about 12 inches long, and with the point of balance in the blade, not in the handle. Bowie knives and Gurkha knives are satisfactory. A machete type knife can be used in lieu of an axe, as a knife, as a digging tool, or as a weapon.

A Boy Scout knife, or Swiss army knife, is also useful, but is no substitute for a machete."

No discussion of blade configuration, type of steel, or other issues discussed endlessly these days! I once used a machete to whittle my way through an eight inch pine log in Oaxaca, soon praying for a decent ax.

One other thing - a bit later "Many survivors
recommend carrying a pair of side-cutter pliers" -An early prediction of leatherman tools???

I EDC some sort of knife, at least one, and typically one type or another of L tool. I try to keep them sharp, whatever kind of steel they may be, and I do have a machete, rarely carried these days. So far, I have always managed to cut it.

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02/05/19 11:41 PM Mountain Lion Attack Ends In Death by Byrd_Huntr

This guy really kept his wits about him...


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