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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. The fog was coming in and I love to walk these woods when it's cool and damp. Would have had more photos, but forgot to put a charge on the battery. This one didn't make it through our last big wind. This tree measured 8' around the base. I love the ghostly appearance of the woods in the early morning fog Trail back to the PU
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Muddy Pete, why no fan of Spark-lite and what did you replace it with?
  18. Ahh, bet this is excellent deer country.... Then I turned around and lo and behold. What else would anyone that knows Pebble Beach, expect to find in the middle of a forest? Yup, a golf course.......... Because I was standing in the middle of a road, I backtracked from whence I had come and took a few odd shots before getting back to the PU
  19. I was actually taking a reverse of my usual walk in this section of woods, then I noticed a deer trail. I followed it for 100ft. or so and came to this wide point. Looked like a trailhead, so I continued on to see what was down in the ravine below to my left, which is where I figured the trail went to. I hadn't walked a couple hundred feet along the path that snaked it's way through some heavy brush and it opened up to this. This trail slopes down and borders a wetland of sorts. Lush and green. This tree is still living. Probably uprooted last spring, but in this forest, it sometimes doesn't take much for a large, shallow rooted tree to come down. Oh oh, end of the line I'm thinking. I'll check it out anyway. To be continued
  20. Street Fighting

    Stay out of their turf and you don't gotta worry about them. I figure that if there is something that has made you leave your comfort zone, then you won't be there alone, as many people will have been driven into the area by tyhe same event and the bad guys might just be too busy to bother with you. Your attitude is as important as any tool you will possess. Been lucky a few times in my life, because I've looked into the eyes of a would be attacker and had them back down with fear in their eyes. Yeah, I bluff pretty good for an old man, but a bit of know how and a ton of confidence is easily read in your eyes and the way you carry yourself and they will see it with every look and move your make. They will get the message and many times will back down if there are only a couple of them, but never let your guard down. Always survey the group and find it's weakest link. Again, it'll show in their eyes and that could be your way out of the situation. Don't forget that you will need to have practiced everything in advance. The use of your weapons, your physical conditioning, techniques, etc all need to be in good working order, or you are just blowing smoke and they will know it. Everything goes real quick in such situations. If you hesitate while you are trying to figure out what's what, they will kill you. The old saying, "he who hesitates if lost", is spot on in an emergency. Think fast and act fast, you'll live to see another sunrise. Maybe!
  21. What's on your belt?

    Hey Bryan, it's my favorite edged tool. No doubt about it. I've carried it on a number of occassions when doing a little woods walking and here at my friends place, I've used it for a number of outdoor related chores like prepared tinder for carrying in my packs, making feather sticks for the woodstove, getting cuttings of different cacti that he has in his southwestern garden, etc. Easy to keep sharp and the handle design works very well for me. Not to mention I still think that it's gorgeous with the Osage handles and it's definitely gonna get better with use and age.
  22. What's on your belt?

    I can sure relate to bad backs and pressure placed on the back by a belt. Sorry to read you got that going on. I carry a couple of store bought prepacks of gear in my cutoff Bundeswehr shirt pockets. A Doug Ritter PSP and the AM Pocket Medic. Also keep an AM Heatsheet in the inside pocket. What I have added to the PSP are 4 Katadyn MP1 purification tablets.
  23. What's on your belt?

    Very nice looking kit Rick. Myself........... I usually just carry my Victorinox German Bundeswehr issue Trekker, with a BSA Hotspark tied to it. The rest of the gear is carried in a pocket or two.
  24. Homeless Numbers Are Increasing

    Actually, she said that 50,000 of the homeless in Calif., were with mental illness. There are probably 10 times that number of homeless in our state. It's estimated that between 20,000 and 40,000 homeless come to the Monterey area, every late spring. Most of them come here from Arizona and New Mexico. They stay until early fall and then head back to where they came from. That said, you can only count what you can see and most homeless live in the hills, away from law enforcement. Those that live in the cities and towns are usually rousted on a regular basis..
  25. The Latest Near Miss

    Intresting stuff, but I'd prefer not to know what's going on out there. No sense getting my guts all tied up in a knot and fretting about it, if I don't have to. I mean, we can only control our little piece of the planet and even then, there's way too much interference from outsiders to be sure how anythings gonna turn out. Prepare for what's in front of us and don't sweat the small stuff. But, then there's Yellowstone! 8| :naughty: