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Today at 05:44 AM NOAA beacon renewed by CANOEDOGS

i was expecting this and got a email from NOAA to renewed my beacons
information for the next two years.
I don't do as much deep wilderness canoe trips as years past but
I do spend weeks in the back country of northern Minnesota hiking and camping in the superior national forest.you are allowed to camp anywhere without a permit and it does not have to be in a FS camp.
I drive on old logging and fire roads until they run out and walk
back into the forest to set up by a small lake or river.
as I bushwhack to get in a PLB is %100 necessary as there is no cell
phone coverage in this remote area.

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Yesterday at 01:48 AM Man crawls 8 hours for rescue by Phaedrus

Pretty tough young man! A hiker broke his ankle hiking in WA and crawled 8 hours until he found cell service to call for rescue. shocked The 26 year old was hiking near Olympic National Park when he broke his ankle and couldn't continue. Not much detail in the article but we can safely surmise he wasn't carrying a PLB or didn't deploy one. I'm not sure what if any other safety gear he had. Depending on how bad he broke it he may have been able to use a SAM splint and trekking poles if they were available, hastening his rescue.

But it appears he made it out okay regardless.

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02/22/20 10:12 PM Ontario Old Hickory Hunting Knife by KenK

I just found out about this newly on the market knife, and wanted to pass this information along, even though I don't yet have one. Apparently the first run of them sold out quickly, but you can preorder it.


Many years ago (30+) while in college I had purchased an Old Hickory carbon blade knife as a cheap beater knife (actually for digging out roots during a botany class), and found that knife to be one of the sharpest and easiest to sharpen knives I've ever had. Unfortunately, I never had a sheath for it, so it never really left my kitchen. The same summer I got another cheap knife that did come with a plastic sheath that much later (+20? years) I realized was a Mora knife.

Yesterday, I was online looking to see if that knife was still available. I couldn't find it's specific blade size/shape, BUT I stumbled upon this new hunting knife which DOES come with a leather sheath, for only $20. I just preordered one, and look forward to playing with it.

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02/12/20 01:01 AM Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery by Jeanette_Isabelle

As stated before, I believe in a combination of gear and skills. Given that, I search through a lot of junk on the Internet to find the right equipment. Today I found what appears to be a well-thought-out kit introduced in 2011.


I'm searching for details; it would seem this kit is not available, at least not here in the U.S.

Jeanette Isabelle

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02/09/20 04:52 PM Locusts in Africa by Jeanette_Isabelle

Billions of desert locusts are swarming across eastern Africa—mainly affecting Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia but likely to spread further.

Desert locusts eat all the vegetation they encounter, and the finger-length insects consume an amount equal to their body weight each day. Each square kilometer of swarm can include 40 to 80 million locusts and eat as much food as 35,000 people, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In addition to destroying crops in a region where nearly 20 million people face food insecurity, swarms also consume the vegetation on cattle grazing land in a matter of hours. To manage the insects, Kenya and Ethiopia are spraying pesticides from airplanes. The countries have about five planes each, but as the locusts spread, there are more of them than the local systems can handle.

Aerial pesticide spraying is the only effective way to combat desert locust swarms, according to the FAO, which is seeking $70 million in aid to support additional efforts to contain the pests. But Somalia, which has declared the swarms an emergency, can’t deploy pesticide-spraying planes because of security concerns in the country, where some areas are controlled by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, per the AP.

The swarms are reaching such an unusual size now because of cyclones that rained on the deserts of Oman last year, the FAO’s senior locust forecasting officer Keith Cressman tells Reuters’ Nita Bhalla.

The next rainy season in eastern Africa will begin in March, which will bring a new wave of vegetation growth and locust breeding. Female locusts only lay their eggs when the ground is damp. While swarming, which is also called their “gregarious” phase, the locusts lay egg pods of about 80 eggs that usually hatch within two weeks. Factoring in hatching and survival rates, each pod leads to about 16 to 20 adult locusts, which mature in two to four months and start the cycle again.

By the time the weather dries up again in June, the FAO estimates that the current population of desert locusts could multiply by a factor of 500. The swarms have already entered Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, according to the FAO’s most recent report, and they are approaching Uganda and South Sudan. -- https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/billions-locusts-are-swarming-east-africa-180974135/

This is just one source. Others get into how they are moving, with most heading east and the rest heading west.

While I have no reason to believe that locusts can somehow cross the Atlantic Ocean, this problem will nevertheless affect the world food supply.

Jeanette Isabelle

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