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  1. The beauty about using my wits is it only counts as half an item
  2. I've been a backpacker for over 30 years, and I love going up to lakes in the forests here in Washington state. I've recently been hiking with a brother-in-law of mine and we've decided to test our survival abilities in the later half of this summer. As a self-inflicted rule we're only allowing each of us to bring in five items besides normal clothing. I've been running various items thru my head trying to figure out which would do me the most good: Knife---can't live without it. However, I was watching Bizzare foods last night and Andrew Zimmern did pretty well with a machete. It was useful in chopping wood and hacking his way through the vegetition. Then I thought, "what about a hatchet?" same sort of thing, but even better for making poles for the shelter, and customizing the firewood. Not sure which one/combo to use here. Compass---normally I'd say yes, but we're in a area I've been to many times and am familiar with. So I'm tempted to say no on it in this instance. matches/lighter---possibly, I know how to use a bow drill to start a fire, but nothing beats a quick fire like flicking a lighter. I've also got a mag stick, but not sure there's an advantage over using a lighter to start a fire in this circumstance emergency blanket---I'm leaning towards this fishing pole---lots of fish there, so it'd make food a lot easier cooking pot---can use it to boil water for drinking, and making stews, cooking food water bottle---obvious reasons why it's good to have, but not really neccessary if to pot works well enough tarp---easy shelter and water collector, not sure about it Cord---probably bring some of it, too useful not to, and I'm not too good at making my own from whatever... flashlight---I'm guessing a torch would also work fine here toilet paper---ugh, can't imagine using leaves, with my luck I'd grab nettle by accident water filter---might be a good choice, but boiling could work ok on it's own plastic bags---good for storing water and collecting food Late august/early September Dewey lake area roughly 5000 ft elevation Daytime temparound 75 f typically Nightimte temp around 40-45 I'm guessing Normally dryish that time of year My five at the moment (changes by the minute): Machete Emergency blanket Metal Pot Cord Plastic bags What input/suggestions can you offer, or better yet what five things would you take if you were in our shoes?
  3. Nature Tricks

    thanks, I can't just stay away I went camping a couple weeks ago and we had around 40-50 crawdads, really tasty and delicious. Better than anything I could pack in myself. Caught a lot of trout and ate a few as well. Almost had a grouse, that sucker dissappeared. Must not have wanted to join us for dinner.
  4. Nature Tricks

    Look under rocks and logs in streams and lakes for crawdads and frogs. Keep a few golf ball size rocks handy when hiking around rocky areas in case a grouse shows up.
  5. Banned from K-Mart

    Have you seen improv everywhere? This is one of there better ones in my opinion: http://improveverywhere.com/2006/04/23/best-buy/
  6. Survivorman Season 3

    I'd like to see hiim make a survivor show. I was so disappointed after watching the first season of Survivor. I was hoping to see lots of survival techniques and learn a bunch, but it just turned into a stab everyone in the back and see who can stand on a stick the longest kind of show. Make the show truely about surviving. Have a dozen contestants competing in a real life situation, say in the cascades. They all hike into a lake for instance with nothing more than a daypack or a fannypack and start the show from there. Perhaps the pack is supplied for them and they have now idea what's in it. They build shelters, search for food, start a fire, etc... As far as challenges go perhaps have them line up and tell them to start a fire. The first one to achieve a flame gets a reward such as an empty tin can, cache of dry firewood, a trout, or a length of rope (something that could really be found in the wild). Something to make things a little easier. Other challenges like first to catch a fish/bird, construct a certain type of shelter, or gather one gallon of drinkable water. I'm not sure how to 'eliminate' people, though, vote out by Les? A panel of survival experts that deemed some action could have led to disasterous concequences in a true survival scenario like drinking tainted water, bad meat, sweating too much in a cold environment, not seeking shelter during a rainstorm, or whatever (I'm no expert). Well, that's a show I wouldn't miss.
  7. Everything is flamable if it gets hot enough, but the fiberglass isn't in the line of fire (pun intended). The heat is in the fumes above it.
  8. Another new member intro

    What's not to like? I'm still trying to find time to read everything. There seems to be plenty of ways to start a fire... not something a pyro needs to know
  9. Why, Why, Why.......

    It was believed, a long time ago, that when someone sneezed it was an evil spirit leaving the body. So people would respond with 'God bless you'. Allthough when someone toots it just smells evil...
  10. Another new member intro

    how do you know that?
  11. Another new member intro

    :yes: amen to that!
  12. Another new member intro

    Thanks, guys. I've already learned that ants taste like little lemons :thumbsup:
  13. wow, that's a lot of smilies... Hello, I'm erics. I live in the Seattle area and have been enjoying backpacking and hiking for a long time now. I've always been interested in wilderness survival and just recently found this site. I guess I've got a lot of reading to do. I look forward to getting to know you and learning a lot of new stuff. erics