posted on Feb, 24 2007 @ 03:48 PM
Freebie learned in the field:
Screw e-tools, and their mothers. Right in the ear if at all possible.
Now, don't get me wrong, entrenching tools are all kinds of useful. They can do a ton of things- improvised axe (without sharpening), improvised
hammer, improvised digging tool. Yes, I know they're meant to dig, but they suck at it. Going down any further than a shell scrape will make you want
to cry. They're also fairly heavy, to the point where it's just better to have a shovel. Works better for the intended purpose, and it's an
important purpose especially in the winter. Winter? Digging? a full sized shovel will save you a TON of grief.
Axes? Hatchets are pretty excellent, but bring along a full-sized axe just in case. If you can't haul it, stash it.
As for tools like screwdrivers, get a gerber multitool. They're issue up here, and they're brilliant. Every person on here should have a knife,
multitool, and lighter on them at all times.