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  1. lamp oil

    I use parrafin based lamp oil in all of my oil lamps without any problems. It's about all we can get here anymore.
  2. 2009 H1N1

    Thanks Holly, me too!
  3. 2009 H1N1

    Just though I would share that my daughter in Idaho contacted me and let me know that she and the kids are sick with colds (cough and congestion), so I told her to go and get tested. Also, her best friend just tested possitive for H1N1, so my daughter has her friends daughter, which I thought a nice gesture, but she isn't using her head at all. Even if they don't have N1H1, the young girl she is watching has been exposed to it and my daughters families immune systems are already working on the cold. H1N1 could easily infect them and start breaking down their immunity, which is what it does. Very worried here, but nothing I can do but wait it out and pray for the best.
  4. I bought the OD stuff and have both the 4 strand and 7 strand variety. It makes sense to have a bright, contrasting color of 550. Keep from throttling yourself by a guyline. :dead: I have a roll of bright orange, non-sticky, HD ribbon that I tie onto the lines, so visitors don't hurt themselves. :thumbup:
  5. 2009 H1N1

    Concern was expressed by my doctor that those making the vaccine, were rushed into it and there was at least one study that found that the vaccine can cause the same symptoms as the desert storm sickness that the troops were and still are suffering from. Being computer limited here, maybe someone with better access can verify this.. His advice to me (I have COPD) was to treat the swine flu with kit gloves and always be aware of my surroundings and keep up on proper flu hygene, etc and to wear a mask when in public places, but not to get the vaccine until it's been proven not to cause problems that are worse than getting the flu. His sources say that at this point in time, the regular flu is more of a threat to people like me, than the swine flu, which has been very mild up to this point. He also made a point to say that you have to look at who is benefitting from billions of people getting doses of the vaccine. What a way to scam the entire world, than putting out a scare on the swine flu and then selling the people a vaccine, which may, or may not work. Ultimately it's up to the individual, as to whether or not they get vaccinated for the H1N1. Myself, I'll get my annual flu shot, but am going to take my docs warning on the new vaccine for the H1N1 virus and stay away from it.
  6. The 550 is *no longer used* parachute shroud line, so if it is manufactured to military spec, it will have 4 or 7 strans of line inside of the covering, that are braided together, which is what gives the cordage it's tinsel strength. This is also what makes 550 as versatile as it is. Being able to remove the braided line from the sheath and separate it into individual pieces, increases your overall length of available cordage in the field. So, if you take 100' of whole cord into the field with you, it will yield from 400-700' of total cordage. Just need to remember that the tinsel strength is lowered per strand. The empty sheath also has tinsel strength and can be used for a variety of uses by itself. 1000' of paracord could in all likelyhood, last you a lifetime if not wasted. I normally add 30-50' of 550 to each of my packs and will only carry 15' or so, with my PSK. Great stuff to have with you. Plain utility cord is strong, but limited in it's uses by virtue of it's diameter. I mean, you couldn't use it for sewing thread or fishing line and it's overkill for most shelter applications in my opinion.
  7. first tent

    Congrats on the new tent Kim. Hope you have room at home to set it up several times so that if you have to, you can do it in the dark. :thumbup:
  8. What's on your belt?

    I agree, no such thing as overkill when it comes to preparations and kit. Eventually kits have a way of changing, as I use them and figure out that I don't really need a specific item, because of size and weight, or I inact the woods walking kit replacement clause and go with a more practical piece of equipment. :hugegrin:
  9. 2009 H1N1

    This is probably already covered, but for those that do not already have them, get several N-95 masks. The regular surgical masks will not stop virus'. You can wear the N-95 until it becomes contaminated. Only way to judge whether or not your mask may be contaminated, is when you are in an enclosed area and their are obvious signs of sickness (sneezing, coughing, sweating, etc.) in the people around you. At that point, the mask must be discarded and a new one worn. Wash hands often during the day. Especially when you are going to cook, eat, smoke, etc. Carry hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go and use it. Do not eat out, if at all possible and stay away from high population concentrations. When you go to the grocery store and get the groceries home, it's probably a good idea to wash any cans and bottles brought home and sanitize any soft packaging. Odds are, you won't be able to kill all virus' around you, but the more you do to protect yourself, the better off you and your family are going to be. It's hard to keep it up I know, but do the best you can and pray and hope for the best.
  10. 2009 H1N1

    has anyone had any problems finding N95 respirators? Surgical masks won't cut the mustard with this stuff. I found 2 boxes of 3 masks in one location and bought both of them. No one else had them and I called everyone in the book.
  11. Muddy Pete's fall vacation

    I'm with rockhounder, throw the stuff you'll need in your car and head out. Myself, I'd suggest the toss of a coin for direction of travel and then take off. Choose gear carefully so that you have a good selection for the different terrain and weather conditions.
  12. A New Firekit Knife

    Nice design! Great size for it's intended use and the maker is always a good choice. One of these months I'll be asking about another knife and have been thinking about a smaller blade for PSK duties and your design just might fill the bill on it.
  13. Validating Survival Instructors

    From where I sit, it is up to the individual asking the question, to make sure that the answers received are researched for their validity & practiced, prior to having the need arise where their application is required. There is such a wide variety of possibilities to every scenario, due to differing environments & possible scenarios within the scenario posted in the original question, because of differing terrains, fuel, food and water available, skill level of the individual, tools carried, etc.
  14. Survival Vest

    I wear a Woolrich travelers vest from time to time when woodswalking. It carries a nice mix of gear, without the pillsbury doughboy look, is lite weight and has a larger pocket in the rear that holds a USGI poncho or small tarp for shelter if I need it. Problem with it is, if it's warm out, I sweat like crazy, so I usually will only wear it in late fall and winter.
  15. Tool Kits

    I think that a multitool is an excellent tool to keep handy. Carry a Leatherman in my pack and have a Vic Trekker SAK on my belt.