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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?

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You know eric, I'm a fan of these 'what would you bring, or what would you do' things because they allow me to see what other people consider essential goods.  I'm a minimalist so really, I don't need much, but on the other hand I have way to many interests and they always find a home in my backpack.

 

For me it'd be; copper cup, magnesium knife, flint/steel, mosquito net, earl grey tea.

 

Everything else I could either find or make including cordage, but a good cup of tea is a must.

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Hah Im drinkin earl gray tea right now ice tea with sugar. My favorite.

 

Knife probably my Cold Steel SRK.

My own flint and mag bar kit.

Big sheet of Visqueen  a brand of plastic sheeting.

Swedish military alcohol stove.

Cell phone if theres any possibility of a signal or if not Spot.

http://www.findmespot.com/en/

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me my mora knife

flint and mag

cordage

tarp

metal pot

 

WOW - Great minds think alike!  ;)

 

I was just typing and then read yours - It's the same thing in different order.

 

Go Klinsley!!

 

Don't know what kind of metal pot you have but mine is a canteen kit.

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Guest smallgamehunter

ontario pilot survival knife

Lmf firesteel

1qt military canteen and canteen cup

Water filter straw

Mylar blanket

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Oooo - good choice - especially on a outing style trip.

 

In some places here it is treacherous enough to move at night with a light...I'd hate to try it without one. Under the canopy there is very little (practically none) light at night.

 

If I lived in your neck of the woods with such great shelter materials I'd leave off the poncho and take mosquito netting  ;)

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In some places here it is treacherous enough to move at night with a light...I'd hate to try it without one. Under the canopy there is very little (preactically none) light at night.

 

If I lived in your neck of the woods with such great shelter materials I'd leave off the poncho and take mosquito netting  ;)

 

Good point. It's a fact Mist that anyone north of 30 should have mosquito netting on their list, but especially in the boreal forests. They aren't especially aggressive, but they more than make up for it with numbers.

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Good point. It's a fact Mist that anyone north of 30 should have mosquito netting on their list, but especially in the boreal forests. They aren't especially aggressive, but they more than make up for it with numbers.

 

They are getting worse here by the year. I need to make a run out to the surplus store and see what they have on hand. Here, since I don't have any on hand, I would just set camp out near the edge of a bluff where there is a constant breeze and they aren't bad at all but in some places they get really bad. I know they sure were bad in the back side of Tampa Bay when I was younger...especially at sundown, and seemed even worse if it was a low tide.

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1-Knife (not sure which one really...)

2-Tarp (Easy instant shelter)

3-Guyout Stainless Steel Bottle (Water carrier, cooking, boiling)

4-Fire kit (Self explainable)

5-AMK Heet Sheet (Shelter, warmth, ect)

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1-Knife (not sure which one really...)

2-Tarp (Easy instant shelter)

3-Guyout Stainless Steel Bottle (Water carrier, cooking, boiling)

4-Fire kit (Self explainable)

5-AMK Heet Sheet (Shelter, warmth, ect)

 

I love my guyot very much don't get me wrong, and if I had an insulated case for it like that of the G.I. canteen that held both my guyot and the cup I'd definitely pick it over the GI canteen. The reason I chose the canteen kit is that it is essentially one item in it's cover but also has the cup and stove that it nests in so it gives me the ability to store water and cook simultaneously. With the guyot alone I have to choose one or the other.

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I forgot about my Swedish alcohol stove. I think Ill change the stainless pot.

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I forgot about my Swedish alcohol stove. I think Ill change the stainless pot.

 

Knowing you have both had me wondering for a few. I was looking at those Swedish kits the other day at the surplus store. I'm going to have to pick one up some day.

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If I lived in your neck of the woods with such great shelter materials I'd leave off the poncho and take mosquito netting  ;)

 

The skeeters are a mess but a nice shelter and a smoke screen makes them bearable.

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The skeeters are a mess but a nice shelter and a smoke screen makes them bearable.

That was my thinking.  I don't really have a problem with them once I get my fire going and stand in the smoke for awhile.

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That was my thinking.  I don't really have a problem with them once I get my fire going and stand in the smoke for awhile.

 

The skeeters are a mess but a nice shelter and a smoke screen makes them bearable.

 

I don't want the mosquito netting for while I'm awake  ;)

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Swede brought up a good point. Being simply told "only five items"...and knowing what I already know...my five items might very well look like this (I chose the heat sheet because my poncho is gone in Lisa's car) if there was cellular signal in the area.

 

1) Knife

 

2) Canteen

 

3) Light

 

4) Phone

 

5) E-Blanket

 

 

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But because some of these things have things that "nest" within them...such as the pouch on my knife sheath.

 

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And I end up with Shelter capability in more than one form with things like the e-blanket, plus 28 feet of braided cord (to go with the 4 meters of para cord that lives on my wrist) to use to tie up natural materials if needed, and Both a water storage vessel and a cooking pot. I'd have multiple cutting edges, a compass, a ferro rod (which also holds other things), a light, and communications. Oh...and not shown is the new signal mirror in the sheath pouch also. Mike (pres. TOPS knives) gave me a few while I was at blade. They are highly polished plastic but have a protective film cover on them to keep them from getting scratched until you need them, pretty awesome I think.

 

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I was just being a little sarcastic...I spent a few years with the only constants being a knife, my clothes, a lighter, and my wits. The only way I'm going out for an extended period of time now with only five items from that list is post-catastrophe and no other choice  ;)

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I'm with you on that one. While I understand the attraction to people wanting to 'get out there' with as little gear as possible to try and test their survival abilities, I myself would never do it. Why not just take your normal hiking gear and then try and use only your five designated items? At least then you have backup supplies to prevent it from turning into a real survival situation.

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