I fired up the Tivo earlier and watched the Labrador episode. I thought it was one of the better ones. It was nice to see that he took a survival kit with him to show how helpful they can be, but that it can still suck big time even if you are prepared. I think I would have tried to find a bug to use as fishing bait instead of decaying dog food, but he is the Canadian, not me.
My girl lost interest after he got rid of the dogs. I liked the dogs too, but it was nice to see him demonstrate what to do in that situation. I found it interesting that he and his crew were trapped by the slush, but they said the dogs would make it home safely. I demand video evidence of the dogs in the safety of a town!
I wasÃ‚ wandering around at an REI store, trying to find some decent items on super clearance, when I came across a nifty little item for a survival kit. It is the Platypus 1 Liter Water Bottle, a collapsible water bottle. I know these have been out for a while, but I wanted to point them out to anyone who has not seem them yet. Read the rest of this entry »
I was poking around Bladeforums and saw a post about this. Looks like a very cool (tee hee) concept, if it actually works. I am just wondering how well it works in obnoxiously humid environments, which is where I spend most of my time. I would imagine that it is like the misting coolers that AZ residents rave about that tend to just get you wet and more miserable here in GA. Someone grab one and let us know if it works.
I haveÃ‚ been usingÃ‚ the Sweetwater for a few years now, and have used it on several trips, so I have a pretty good idea of how well it works and holds up.
I bought it for my first backpacking trip, since I didn’t want the extra weight of enough water for the entire trip. The entire trail ran along (and through) a river, so finding water to filter was not a problem. Read the rest of this entry »
Dealextreme has a new light that looks like it could be a winner. It is a multi-level light with a CREE LED that takes AAs and 14500s. The nice part is that it also comes with a diffuser cap and a 2xAA extension tube. The extension tube does not really interest me all that much, but the diffuser cap looks pretty great. I have used water bottle caps and chap stik caps as diffusers, so having one that is made for the flashlight and screws on to the flashlight threads will be very convenient. The diffuser cap turns the light into a little lantern, and if it is anything like the ghetto methods I have used, lights up an area surprisingly well.
I have one on the way and will post back with my thoughts when I receive it.
OK, first off, head over here and watch the video. I’ll wait until you are done.
All done? I know, when I saw that video, I thought it was at least 1.5 speed. I have been using wire saws since I was 4, and have never seen one that came even close to being that fast. Well, that video is actually kind of slow.
In case you have missed the 15 million commercials, Les Stroud starts up a new season of Survivorman tomorrow night, August 10th, at 9 PM EST. In a recent interview, he mentioned that the heat exhaustion he received in the Kalahari (tomorrow’s episode) is the toughest thing he has had to deal with so far in any of the shows.
As always, should be interesting and entertaining.
I found out about the self-starting lighter through a thread over at candlepowerforums.com. There were some pictures and a basic description of how it worked, but I had never seen one in action and didn’t really understand the concept of it. Of course, I had to immediately have one. I picked up several off ebay and all except one were in working condition.
I am not very good with edible plants, especially when it comes to berries. I took pics of a bunch of berries that I came across while hiking the AT recently, and was hoping you guys could help me identify what they are. I did not mess with the exposure or colors on these, so they should be exactly how I saw them.