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#2155 - 10/20/01 03:10 AM Buy Doug's Kit

I know Doug is not commercially selling this kit. Any chance Doug will subcontract out the work and sell it at some point? I have no idea where to begin looking for many of the items on the list and bet there are many newbies in my position. Any other alternatives? Thanks.

#2156 - 10/20/01 06:03 AM Re: Buy Doug's Kit
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
Welcome Sean, No, Doug isn't going to market his kit. I am in communication with a mutual aquaintance, and we would like to market one. My hope is to put a truly worthy unit on the market at a fair price. I suggest you first take stock of what you do have, set some priorities and begin your own assembly. I started out with a $1 box of strike anywhere matches, sheath knife,compass and canteen. Just keeping these on my person put me in a mental frame of preparedness. Now, a few decades worth of schools, videos and purchases later I fret over unforseen shortfalls( as snowshoes, jungle machetes and lifepreservers fall out of overstuffed closets.) We have lots of resources listed here, any questions, just ask. You can email me anytime.

#2157 - 10/20/01 03:02 PM Re: Buy Doug's Kit

A good starting point for me was the Penrith survival kit. It has a lot of the stuff you will need for a good kit. Then you can add, modify or whatever. It's for sale at www.tripleaughtdesign.com

#2158 - 10/21/01 04:30 AM Re: Buy Doug's Kit
Aeroscout Offline
newbie member

Registered: 03/10/01
Posts: 15
Loc: Michigan
I built my own kit, and I got a lot of enjoyment out of doing it.<br>It did take some research and planning. It also cost me more than I planned on because I had to purchase some things in large quanitys such as the water purifications repacking bottles listed on this site. But I have a much better understanding of what's in the kit and how to use it. And because I built it myself its not a big deal when the time comes to replace the expired items.

#2159 - 10/22/01 02:54 PM Re: Buy Doug's Kit
gulliamo Offline

Registered: 09/11/02
Posts: 155
I am successfully building a few kits myself. I just cannot find the Brunton 15mm compass! Any web sites that sell this?

#2160 - 10/22/01 05:12 PM Re: Buy Doug's Kit
billvann Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 780
Loc: NE Illinois, USA (42:19:08N 08...
I bought the thermometer/compass zipper pulls that you can attach to your coat zipper. I intend to pop out the compass, but I haven't tied to yet. They cost approx. $3.
Willie Vannerson
McHenry, IL

#2161 - 10/22/01 05:35 PM Re: Buy Doug's Kit
peanut Offline

Registered: 03/09/01
Posts: 88
I have bought 2 of the Coleman Compass/Thermometer zipper pulls. The first I attached to my keyring, and the compass fell out within hours, never to be seen again. I took it back and got a replacement. One sharp tap on the back, over where the compass is, with my multitool freed the compass. But the compass is so cheap, not inexpensive, that it rarely points north except by luck. Mine is totally worthless. I may try again, another brand. This time I'll check the compass before purchase. Caveat Emptor.
a prodigal scout, just trying to be prepared.

#2162 - 10/22/01 06:19 PM Re: Buy Doug's Kit

I understand the problem. I followed up on two leads for this compass, and both evaporated on me- one just replied with the difficulties he'd had with the company, the other quit replying at all. I've heard they can be had from Brunton in lots of 50, but have yet to talk to anyone that's succeeded in getting a lot.<br><br>I ended up stocking two kits with compasses I pulled from (REI) compass-thermometer zipper pulls, but after I bought them I noticed that they were manufactured by Sun for REI. I've had two other Sun "watchband" compasses develop bubbles just from sitting in a drawer for a couple of years, so I'm not too hopeful. They were held in with double-sided tape, and could be worked loose by hand- eventually.<br><br>You can use Silva or Suunto watchband compasses if you have the space- they come with a velcro wristband, and it is nice to be able to check the compass on the move without stopping, whether on wrist or pinned to clothing.. but, even without the wristband, they're more than twice the size, and that can be a real problem for the small-tin kits.<br><br>The British "SAS" NATO-kit compass is an alternative, seems adequate, though not fluid filled, but it is very expensive for what it is.<br><br>Workarounds... but, bottom line, I've looked a lot, and I'm still looking.<br>


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