A 68 year old woman in Colorado was driving along a mountain road, swerved to avoid a herd of deer, and tumbled 350 feet down the side of the mountain.
She broke eleven ribs, cracked her vertebrae and punctured her lung. Stranded alone in the ravine, she says that thoughts of her family motivated her to stay alive.
She stayed alive for five days like this, using a golf club as a cane and crawling on her face in an attempt to get help. Five days is a long time without food and water, you say? Yes, yes it is.
She was alone in the woods for five days, basically crawling on her face, through a cold front of rain, sleet and hail. This moisture would prove to be life-sustaining, as she sucked on her hair to keep from becoming completely dehydrated during her ordeal.
I like to think that I could handle a situation like that and make it out alive, but I really have no way of knowing until actually in the situation. No matter how old you are or how much knowledge you have, what this woman did is awfully impressive and once again proves that the right mindset is as or more important than the right gear.
Rite in the Rain makes a pretty cool line of products.Ã‚ As the name suggests, the pads and pens they make can handle rain and other water sources with no problem.Ã‚ Water beads up and runs off, and the ink isn’t touched.
I discovered RITR several years ago when I lost a notebook of important (to me) notes to a sudden downpour on a hike.Ã‚ I forgot that the pad was in an outside pocket of my pack and not in a dry bag like everything else I was carrying that was susceptible to water.Ã‚ Ã‚ I went searching for a solution and, lo and behold, there is a whole company dedicated to making products that laugh at precipitation and scoff at a dunk in a river.
Here is a video I made showing the products in action:
iTP got an awful lot of attention lately for their AAA lights, the A3 EOS and the similar lights they made for County Comm’s brand, Maratac.Ã‚ After entering the tiny and bright market, I guess they figured the next logical step would be the big and bright market.
iTP just announced the A6 Polestar, a light using six AA batteries and a CREE MC-E LED for a whopping 700 lumens.Ã‚ These days, 700 lumens is becoming common for premium lights, but the A6 is coming in at around half the price of competing lights from Fenix, Jetbeam, Olight, and other companies.Ã‚ iTP also took quite a departure from the tactical mindset that manufacturers are stuck in and put the switch on the side instead of on the tail.Ã‚ Some will like that and some will hate it, but at least they are not just copying everyone else like so many other brands.
I know I’m a dealer and (very) biased, but I really can’t wait to see what they do next.