I went through the original OLS back in the early '80s (before it got all 'woke' and 'green' like it is now). Back then it was the real deal, after
Outward Bound had caved to the corporate masses, yuppies and window lickers. I'm also a big fan of the TV show "Alone
", for a variety of
reasons. There are a number of fatal flaws in this show, but there are many, many, takeaways.
I love this subject because I have so many comments, it's almost like a traffic jam in my head. I've lived quite a bit of it in the remote mountains
of Wyoming while camping, fishing and hunting. I also love the art of bushcraft, due to its basic skills and resourcefulness.
I don't have any significant comment on any of the gear items you've asked about. Take and use them if you wish. I probably would choose other
stuff, but that's just me.
My comments would be this...
Hanging chain - Plenty of other ways to do that without lugging a chain around with you for solely that purpose. Suggest reading Kochansky's
, or Ellsworth's 'Wildwood Wisdom'
. Probably two of the greatest books ever written on the subject.
Mini Alcohol Stove - Meh, I can make a stove, and / or a fire, from just about anything, even in a pouring rainstorm at 34 degrees F. Just have to
know how. Alcohol evaporates, so it doesn't keep long, and it loses it's effectiveness. There are many other, easier, fire starters (wax for
example), and one of the absolutely BEST stoves you can buy is at (of all places) IKEA, and it's not even a stove! It's a silverware holder! I can
create a virtual volcano in one of these things in a matter of minutes...which is enough to cook on, AND light a campfire...and even more!
Ka-Bar Caster - Meh, save your money! You can do the same thing with a stick or two. Small pieces of reflective metal and quality hooks (like snell
hooks) are a far better investment, and much cheaper.
D-Rings - Of the few modern things I believe in, one of them is "Carabiners", This is one area were spending some money on modern stuff pays off.
Go for high strength aluminum or titanium. They are definitely worth it, and infinitely useful!!!!!!
Sewing Awl - NO-body should be without one of these!!! AND, everyone should have a compliment of waxed thread also! Absolutely indispensable tool!!
Fully agree on this one!
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