reply to post by Mr Tranny
I will also say that we took a "top 100" list that we found on high tech survival gadgets and we did skip over quite a few. In a true SHTF
situation, would you want an improved paper filter mask that reduces condensation from exhaling or would you make do with the old 3 for a $1 paper
masks or a wet bandanna as a filter mask? Again they only protect from dust and smoke.
We also skipped over various jump starters that have 12V plugs as well as 110W inverters built in because other than jump starting a dead battery or
being a power supply on a 1-3 camping trip near your car (car camping) their was no value.
What did surprise me was there were very few knives or goretex clothing in that list. But then again we have looked over "survival lists" that
include portable gasoline generators with electric rice cookers (which is what many of the laughs between myself, Jack and Semper were about). And
yes, that list included the commentary along the lines of that boiling rice versus steaming rice was unacceptable even in a survival situation.
It is for information out there that is like that we decided to do this show. There were are people out there that would become lost and die if they
were in a small grove of trees and could not see the road despite having everything they needed to survive on them.
Another thing that should be pointed out is that not a single one of us on the show claims to be a survival expert. Not even Dave Wendell. In the
course of doing this show, we have found that we all have strengths a weaknesses in areas. But as a group, with all our skills into play. We would do
very well. Even in this thread you can see that, Dave is very strong in plants both edible and medicinal. For me, that is a weak point. I am very
good at crafting from the things around me. For Dave, that is a weak point. While both of us would be able to survive on our own for a considerable
time, together we would thrive by playing off those strengths and weaknesses to our advantage.
In this particular show with the thumbs up or down, you the listener can gain insight as to whether you would consider an item. The Stanley Fubar
wrecking bar. Handy in an strictly urban environment or remodeling a house (which is why I do own one--since I was helping do some remodeling and you
still need a cat's paw for smaller nails btw) but it is essentially a crowbar with a 4lb sledge combo. Just isn't something I would need in the deep
woods even while building a log cabin. Since I can use a small log on a handle as a mallet just fine and make them in short order. Long term tools and
crafting are shows that I would like us to do in the future as we become more advanced.
But in the meantime, giving thoughts and opinions on what someone who hasn't had enough mosquito bites at once to look like poison ivy thinks is good
items to waste your money on, can save those listening time and money as they consider why we say an item is right or wrong for their situation. A
classic example is water filters and Camelbak carriers. I like neither due to the weight. But with one of the quality hand pump filters, you can get
water from a mosquito infested water puddle that as I, someone who boils, would skip over. In fact, you would have a quart of clean water in 1 minute.
I would be a good 20-30 minutes gathering wood, lighting a fire, filtering some of the sediments with a bandanna, boiling it and letting it cool.