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Yesterday at 03:05 PM Knot strength by hikermor

During an episode of "SOS-Survival" Creek Stewart had occasion to tie a rope around a tree to serve as an anchor for extracting a snowmobile from a stream. He used a timber hitch, stating that this was the strongest possible knot.

This is news to me. I have always favored either a bowline, including several of its variants, or the figure of eight, which tests out quite well in this application. I could find no data on strength of a timber hitch, but I doubt it would do as well as either the bowline or figure eight.

Strength is defined as the percentage of strength retained by the knotted rope, compared to the breaking strength of the unknotted line. A degradation of close to 50% is typical for most knots, with the bowline and figure eight testing at 75-80%.

Any thoughts? None of my anchors have failed yet....

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11/17/17 04:48 AM how do you integrate daily carry with your GHB? by Robert_McCall

Situation: you have a EDC/work bag with the things you need during the day: some EDC items, tablet/notebook/journal, water bottle, etc. You have a more comprehensive get home bag (GHB) in your vehicle, ready to be carried on your back if necessary.

If you have to strike out on foot, how do you integrate your EDC/work bag with the more comprehensive GHB, with minimal fuss & wasted time?

- Use a small work bag that docks to the larger GHB kept in your car? Some travel backpacks have this feature.
- Plan to dump your work bag contents into the GHB?
- Use a work bag that is bigger than necessary day to day, and plan to use the extra room in it to carry GHB items that are in a duffel bag in your vehicle?

I'm just looking for some fresh ideas. It's challenging to have a daily bag that transitions well to a GHB situation. As much as anything, it's because there are a lot of small fiddly items that don't seem to pack well in a GHB. And an outsized daily bag makes you look like a hiker every day on the job & in the city.

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11/15/17 03:42 AM Quake Swarm in California by Russ

San Andreas 'Quake Swarm' Has Cali Residents Fearing The 'Big One' Is Imminent

Could be tomorrow or it could be in 10 years, but if you live in CA anywhere near the SAF, itís a good time to have your camping plans ready.

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11/13/17 06:45 PM Psychology of Preparing for Large-scale Disasters by dougwalkabout

I came across an article discussing how people make decisions regarding large-scale disaster planning. I found it quite interesting as a survey of what research has found.


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11/07/17 05:42 PM More animal attacks, novel bear spray use by clearwater

Like the bad guy throwing the empty gun at superman.

When bear spray nozzle fails, elk hunter hurls can at charging grizzly


Loaded for pheasant, Montana hunter kills Grizzly


Gun encourages self-defense claim in shooting of wolf

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