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#95104 - 05/20/07 05:36 AM My wilderness PSK
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
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Loc: Spring, Texas
Here are pictures and detailed descriptions of the emergency kit I take with me into the woods. It covers just the emergency gear, not standard gear like backpacking stove, water carrying system, maps, thermite, etc...

Any suggestions or questions?

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#95105 - 05/20/07 06:15 AM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
wolf Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 329
Loc: Michigan
Looks really good, though I didn't notice any prepared tinder. If there isn't any, maybe that would be a good addition.
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#95107 - 05/20/07 06:22 AM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
silent_weapon Offline

Registered: 10/11/06
Posts: 38
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
What type of compass (brand/where can I buy) is that?

#95109 - 05/20/07 10:33 AM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1029
Loc: The Netherlands
Good kit! Nice and basic.

There is a tube filled with spark-lite tinder in the kit. (nice trick with the zip-tie BTW)

Somethings I would add are some safety-pins and a couple of sewing needles.

A coffee-filter would come in handy to.

In what can you boil water? Maybe add some HD aluminium foil

Do you have a poncho or other rain-gear with you in your regular hiking-kit? If not, I would add a emergency-poncho.

''It's time for Plan B...'' ''We have a Plan B?'' ''No, but it's time for one.'' -Stargate SG-1

#95110 - 05/20/07 11:29 AM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: JIM]
Tom_L Offline

Registered: 03/19/07
Posts: 690
I'd place another vote for a sewing kit. A small tube of super glue might be handy, too. It takes very little space but is very useful for repairing clothing, tools or equipment. In an emergency, it can also be used to close an open wound or gash that is difficult to hold together with a bandage or band-aid.

#95112 - 05/20/07 01:02 PM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
Nicodemus Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
Nice Kit, and a pretty good write-up as well!

I agree with adding a needle or two to the kit.

Also, I wouldn't epoxy a compass to the sheath as you mentioned in the blog. Not only will it probably affect the compass, but also because you've got a fine solution as it is now with a compass on the necklace and one in your kit.

Good Stuff!

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#95115 - 05/20/07 03:54 PM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
91gdub Offline

Registered: 11/12/06
Posts: 172
Loc: South Jersey (the 51st state)
Pretty nifty kit thee. What kind of bag is that?
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#95119 - 05/20/07 07:39 PM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
Leigh_Ratcliffe Offline

Registered: 03/31/06
Posts: 1355
Loc: United Kingdom.
I would add:
A full sized ferronium rod to the kit.
A 1 ltr flexibottle.

Truth be told, I would buy myself one of Doug's PSK's as the core kit and add bit's to it. smile

I don't do dumb & helpless.

#95140 - 05/21/07 01:59 AM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: Blast]
ironraven Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Looks good. Four suggestions:

-A couple of bandaids in a small zipper bag. I know, you've probably got them, but redundancy is good.
-A couple of neon 3x5 index cards, laminated and with holes punched in them so you can lace them together to form a longer signal if someone is wearing the bandanna or using it as a bandage.
-A mini Sharpie or a Lumocolor, which can write on the laminated index cards.
-Duct tape rerolled on a coffee stirrer or something similar.

Unfortunately, not enough space to spare for socks. smile

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#95180 - 05/21/07 03:41 PM Re: My wilderness PSK [Re: NightHiker]
Frank2135 Offline

Registered: 04/26/07
Posts: 266
Loc: Ohio, USA
I wrap the skeleton handle of my neck knife with cord in much the same way. I agree you can never have too much cord, and it makes the knife more comfortable to use.

You might consider a plastic magnifying lens/card as an alternative or in addition to the mirror. It, too, will flash brightly in the sun, and has the added advantage of being yet enother way to make fire (sun cooperating).

I carry 30' of floss in the little blue plastic container the dentist hands it out in, which I found has a snap-open top and can fit three fishooks, two swivels and two split shot sinkers for an instant fishing kit.

Consider putting together an Altoids or Sucrets tin EMK to go in another pocket.

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