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Jump to new posts extended diamond/lanyard knot by TonyE @ Yesterday at 10:04 PM

Extended diamond/lanyard knot regular diamond knot on top It took four feet of 1/4" cotton cord to set op this doubled knot. 7" were left over after tightening. extended diamond knot tutorial
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by Roarmeister @ Yesterday at 05:55 PM

Originally Posted By: RatchIMPs? What that? Edit: OK, I went on eBay, searched for imp meals. They seem to be Canadian and british military meals. Are they that much better? Rumors were that in Afghanistan, the Americans would barter willingly and
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Jump to new posts Re: Clothes Pin Zapper (gun) by Roarmeister @ Yesterday at 05:51 PM

We used hard beans for ammo. (Nowadays, nobody uses beans in their food because of the time it takes to hydrate compared to the "easy to prepare" meals of today) Mom would get mad at us for leaving them all over the house while us kids sho
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Jump to new posts Re: Abject Failure by dougwalkabout @ Yesterday at 04:20 PM

Originally Posted By: RussOTOH the Bic lighter I found on a frosted park lawn a few winters back still works fine. Matches have their place... Love my Bics too, and wouldn't be without one (or two or three). Longevity is a real issue, though. Mos
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Jump to new posts Re: Abject Failure by hikermor @ Yesterday at 02:29 PM

I am a fan of redundancy when it comes to lighting a fire. Bics are great and I now have mine in waterproof, protective containers. My kit also includes waterproof matches in a high end container (Exotac) which is ridiculously expensive, but very s
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Jump to new posts Re: Bandaids That Don't Stick (Rant) by Tjin @ Yesterday at 06:35 AM

Aren't there 'sport', 'extreme' or 'premium' plasters you can get? I tried the more expensive ones with those labels and they do work a lot better than the cheaper ones.
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Jump to new posts Re: Bandaids That Don't Stick (Rant) by EchoingLaugh @ Yesterday at 03:14 AM

duct tape. working with oil is murder on the adhesive and honestly band aids are not up to the task. i have cleaned with alcohol and getting oil on them they will still release (yes it is a rather extreme application) . so i make my own from duct
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Jump to new posts Re: Abject Failure by Russ @ Yesterday at 02:52 AM

OTOH the Bic lighter I found on a frosted park lawn a few winters back still works fine. Matches have their place...
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Jump to new posts Re: Abject Failure by dougwalkabout @ Yesterday at 02:00 AM

Old matches are a quirky lot. Incantations and/or cursing are part of the ritual. "Strike anywhere" are the first to turn into "strike all you want, you will not get flame." Wooden safety matches are slightly more robust. If yo
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by Burncycle @ Yesterday at 01:09 AM

They are part of my long term food storage (in addition to canned food) but for outdoor purposes the form factor is what attracts me to them. I don't like bulky gear, and since the entrees are flat I can line the inside of my pack with them without
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Jump to new posts Re: Abject Failure by Montanero @ Yesterday at 12:56 AM

Yes, every 20 years or so is probably a bit too long.
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Jump to new posts Re: How I have sharpened a Machete by hikermor @ Yesterday at 12:40 AM

Thank you. your post is much more informative that "that other one" (now locked). A machete question. About twenty-five years ago, I had the pleasure of caving in Oaxaca. while there, I acquired a typical machete and scabbard in the mar
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Jump to new posts Abject Failure by hikermor @ Yesterday at 12:33 AM

I ran across a well sealed (so I thought) packet of matches that I had prepared about twenty years ago. Stored for a while in a hiking staff, the capsule had been sitting out in an occasionally wet environment - a very leaky shed. I opened the caps
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Jump to new posts Clothes Pin Zapper (gun) by TonyE @ 04/24/18 11:07 PM

Clothes pin zapper I am dating myself this toy was popular with my my Boy Scout troop back in the early 50's. If our parents ever knew about it they never stopped us. Uses small paper wads, wooden match bits, etc. as ammunition. Caution - although
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Jump to new posts How I have sharpened a Machete by clearwater @ 04/24/18 10:53 PM

In the field I use a Barsted File, be sure to push back against the edge to avoid filling the file teeth with metal. Same as you would for an axe. Then follow with a hockey puck stone in a circular pattern. Wear gloves to help prevent cuts. Works fin
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by Ratch @ 04/24/18 08:55 PM

IMPs? What that? Edit: OK, I went on eBay, searched for imp meals. They seem to be Canadian and british military meals. Are they that much better?
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by Roarmeister @ 04/24/18 06:50 PM

The last batch of MREs that I had, I was not pleased with. I had a box each of 2017 A&B menus. A few of the entrees were downright disgusting (anything Asian style), most were merely palatable (so many looked and tasted alike) and a couple were
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Jump to new posts Re: How to sharpen a machete by chaosmagnet @ 04/24/18 05:40 PM

Thread locked for now while I look into this. chaosmagnet
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Jump to new posts Re: How to sharpen a machete by Teslinhiker @ 04/24/18 02:57 PM

Originally Posted By: hikermorThe OP's post is lifted word for word from a section of his web site... Doug is correct. There is some fishing here from the OP and I have emailed details to the MOD's. Also the wording from the website is not what it
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by hikermor @ 04/24/18 02:48 PM

The alternate I prefer is what is known as real food; there are lots of options. The "normal" mountain House items are tasty and lightweight, but pricey; you also need water to rehydrate. This may be a problem in some situations. You can
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Jump to new posts Re: How to sharpen a machete by hikermor @ 04/24/18 01:07 PM

The OP's post is lifted word for word from a section of his web site...
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by brandtb @ 04/24/18 12:32 PM

I just went over to the Mountain House site and their military meals are sold out. Does anyone know of an alternate.
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Jump to new posts Re: the 10 essentials...prep for camping/hiking by brandtb @ 04/24/18 12:21 PM

In the event of a coronal mass ejection or EMP what would be the effect upon an LED bulb?
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by Phaedrus @ 04/24/18 08:44 AM

Well, MREs are shelf stable and the retort pouch packaging is very robust. They keep for potentially well over a decade, and can last for several years even in extreme temps (like 100+ F for a couple years). They're designed to fuel soldiers so they
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Jump to new posts Re: MRE shortage by quick_joey_small @ 04/24/18 08:17 AM

What's the advantage of MREs? The military don't have access to any foods the rest of us don't and the choice is bound to be less suitable for you, than if you assembled your own? Am I missing something? qjs
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