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  1. Top Five Survival Items

    Ooooh, lists like these are always fun. Let me see if I can contribute with my top five: 1: A good quality knife and the means to sharpen it. This would in my case be a 3 to 5 inch carbon steel knife, to protect the steel from rust i could probably just wipe it against my skin or hair as soap an shampoo is not a part of my 5 item list. 2: 30 feet of paracord wrapped together with 6 feet of snare wire. This will give me the opportunity to trap game from varying sizes, up to roe deer size with the paracord. It is in my case preferable and less energy consuming than hunting, but if I could bring a sixth item it would be my CZ 22LR bolt action rifle. The individual strands would make it possible to fish with wooden hooks as well. 3: Firesteel. As I live in a nordic country with lots of rain in one half of the year and mostly snow in the winter I will need a fool proof way of getting a fire stared, in my case I can gather some birchbark in my pockets and will always have the means of making a fire without much hassle. 4: Billy can. This makes is possible to melt snow in the winter, collect berries and birch bark and of course to prepare food. It has a lid as well so everything does not have to taste like smoke and bonfire. 5: Axe. There is no getting around this in a nordic country, the amount of wood needed to be processed during the winter as well as the shelter construction will need serious tools and manpower. The axe is for me an invaluable piece of kit I rarely leave without when I go out in the woods. As you can see I did not add any waterproofing for my shelter as I consider these objects more important for survival as a steep lean-to with lost of moss, spruce and sticks will keep me fairly dry and paired with a long-log fire I will keep warm as well. Based on experience the lean to keeps you more than dry enough as long as you put enough material on it
  2. Ontario canoe-tripper and winter camper

    Welcome, only been here for a little while I like the forum a lot!
  3. Eye injuries

    This is still what is practiced, at least in search and rescue and ambulance, and is also what I teach when I hold first aid classes. This goes for all foreign objects on all parts of the body, because the object in the body may plug the wound and keep the patient from bleeding out this is why the removal is to be done by medical personel that have x-ray and similar equipment. The donut supports the object and the wrap over the donut is there to stop the bleeding.
  4. Hello form Norway

    Thank you all! This is one of very few forums where I have actually felt welcomed. Normally people often have rude or unfitting replies to posts and topics. Here it is polite, friendly and makes you want to post! Thanks again
  5. Eye injuries

    Yup, had that problem myself. Was doing some spot-welding without glasses (how stupid am I) and got a piece of hot metal in my eye that burned itself on there. The doc had to pick it out with a needle and I had to look like a pirate for two days oops.gif
  6. Eye injuries

    If the piece is not actually embedded in the eye itself or in the skin, I would flush it out with a 0.9%NaCl solution as this is very similar to tears and should be in a first aid kit. If it is embedded I would use cloth, bandages or similar to support it so it couldn't move and then cover up the eye until I could get to a doctor.
  7. Hello form Norway

    Hi I am new to this forum and thought that this will probably be a good place to start. I am a 22 year old boy/man from Norway. Here hunting, fishing and bushcraft is a tradition for many Norwegians, but sadly there are less and less people spending time outdoors. I've grown up with camping, hunting, fishing and things like this and hope to be both an asset to this forum as well as getting useful tips and tricks from everyone here. I've also started a blog on survival and bushcraft in the hope of this inspiring me to get out more often. I'm part of search and rescue in my spare time and have extensive knowledge on first aid.