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Survival

What's in your pocket

Uploaded on February 07, 2010

What do you carry on your person, not in a pack, that would help you make it through an unexpected night of sleeping rough?

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from hengst wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I walk alot when I hunt So I keep my pockets empty I don't like to get rubbed..everything in the pack..pack is always on my back unless I stop to get some grub or tp out

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

A yellow handled case two blade trapper,two bic lighters a bandana and usually a pair of string gloves and my wallet.I have an old leatherman i carry in a sheath on my belt.I don't know the name of it all I know is it was one of the first one's made and my wallet.

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from Teodoro wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

If I have a pack, a knife and a compass and a wallet, maybe a bit of string and a pen. If I don't, add a small ziploc with basic first-aid, fire stuff.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Now while this was posted a climber got to the edge of the crater of Mt. St. Helen in WA and he TOOK OFF HIS PACK for a photo when the ground gave way and he fell into the crater. The temperatures dropped into the 20's and weather deteriorated. He died of exposure. So, this question is all the more relevant. What do you carry ON YOUR PERSON, NOT IN YOUR PACK, that could help you through a night of sleeping rough?

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from MLH wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Not as much as I will carry next season.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

In my environment the danger is not cold but the heat and it is silent.one minute you are fine and the next you are overheated and even worse a heat stroke.If some form of cooling is not available death is possibile.It is not as easy as carring a space blanket.The best survival tool is carried on your shoulders try not to put yourself in a situation that could become hazardous.With modern commmunication devices and go anywhere vehicles it is easier to stay alive if you don't put yourself out there.Don't try the Steve Irwin stuff and stay safe. I will continue to carry basic pocket tools

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from FETTY wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

lighter knife compas and some jerky to snack on

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from DeerHunter1994 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

A lighter , a knife and some food but not to much to get in the way.

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from KyleKortright wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

a knife,flashlight,striker

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Two knives, a Leatherman, compass (around my neck), an apple, Hershey bar, or jerky, lighter and matches, billfold (tinder), handkerchief, Surefire flashlight and pliers if I am wearing bibs.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

cellphone. or if I was going remote...sat phone.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Matt,

Check out "Another Death in the Wild" a few threads away on this same message board. Then go buy yourself a quality lighter and knife.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

dave.. seriouly...no knife, no lighter in my pocket, come on man.. this is a funny meassge board question.. how many pockets do you have when you go ut to do what ever??? do you wear jeans? ya know? cargo pants? what about having the knife in a sheath.. thats not in my pocket.. and a lighter, naw I want an old pack of matches from the bar! (thats a joke) no Dave.. I carry what I need when I need it, because I plan. Failure to plan... Plan to fail and no matter what you keep in your pocket will help when you when you fail (to plan) do you get it?

So if I have to sleep outside unexpected, well I better be calling my wife or I will need a lot more in my pocket then a lighter and a knife.
oh my knife, Swiss Army. Lighter= check.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

alabamaoutlaw - reminded me of something. I lived in Shreveport, LA for a couple years. In the summer, by 9:30AM it was already 95 degrees and 95% humidity. Just got hotter from there. I got into the routine of walking slowly from air conditioning to air conditioning. We'd also get 6"-15" of rain a day, but that's another story. Then there were the alligators.

Anyway, another guy from our Michigan office visited during the summer. He was a runner - ran every day. He was out running one day and pretty much collapsed along the road. A cop was there instantly. He asked the cop how she got there so fast. The cop said she saw him running and figured he was a Yank. So she had just followed him, figuring it would only be a matter of time. It gets hot up here for spells but many Northerners just can't relate to the heat and humidity down there.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

MLH
I predict what your saying is,"that the person should not only know, but understand their surroundings, and what their own personal limitations are in any enviroment" ??????????????

or what??????? he did not have a lighter and a knife in his running shorts? (joke)

this is my point and also WHY I posted some photos of me going out of bounds snowboarding. esp. for the "easterner dieing in WY./anotehr daeth in wild.

And as well, MLH, you drive home the main point I tried to make; being, the police officer made a PLAN, and took action.

so if I was going "out" where a cell phone would not work, I would have more then enough for me to not only survive but to get back, no knife or lighter is going to make up for bad decisions or lack of insightful planning.
Oh..would that mean too that a southerner would die in our winters, it just does not get that cold down there.. I would hold the generalizations off until I meet the person mysefl, I do not think anyone is truly aware of what they can do, until they have tried. I have ran down south, yes it sucked, but thats why its called training.

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from TurkeyMaster55 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Lighter gum and a good knife

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I am in boxers right now, because I am about to hit the rack, but thats besides the point. :)

This is what I normally carry on me, whether I am at work, or just running around.

1 Folding Knife (usually 3-4 inch blade)
1 Lighter
Cell Phone
Plenty of Tinder in my Wallet
1 Can of Cope Whiskey Blend (Sooner or later I'll quit...)

On my belt, thats a different story.

1 M&P Compact .45 ACP w/ Holster
2 Magazines in Pouch
1 Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool

And I usually have a smaller boot knife on me just for good measure. 1 Knife is good... 3 knives are better.

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

a knife and some strike anywhere matches

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from bberg7794 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Almost always in my left pants pocket is a K&M waterproof match case, the brass one with the compass on top, full of storm or strike anywhere matches. Everything else is in my fanny pack inside Ziploc freezer bags including knife, headlamp, space blanket, water, spare clothing, wallet, keys, licenses and tags, etc. I guess I started using the compass too often to have the match case in my pack too.

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from huntfishkid wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I have a leather man wave, a crkt m21-02 sharpened to a razor edge, a flint and steel, and couple cotton balls. I have my survival knife with and 8 inch blade and a saw on the back on my belt. Make a rope chain or 2 and keep it on your belt.

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from huntfishkid wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I forgot i also have hatchet on my belt (also razor sharp).

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I keep 3-4 folder, a zippo, bic lighter, tinder in my wallet, 7-8 inch sheath knife on my belt, water purifiers, tums(nothing worse than the runs three miles out in woods) a few packs of doublemint gum and a 12 or 16 ga shotgun never leaves my hand. always have an assortment of ammo too.

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from dillonrobbins wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

a good ol buck 110, bic, and waterproof matches

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

.380 and a rescue knife.

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

not enough now that i give it more thought though i've given consideration to "my packs hung next to me in the stand what if im seperated and cant get it" But on my person I cary my cell phone, small multi tool, flashlight, and skinning knife. more will come next season...

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Most everything is in my pack which is never far from me. In my pockets are cell phone, wallet, map, gps, car keys. Spare ammo is in my pockets if hunting. Also if hunting, on my belt is a long knife and large bore revolver. If not hunting I have large a folding pocket knife (4-inch blade) or long knife on my belt. I will probably add a plastic lighter based upon this thread. Thanks Dave.

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from lawman328 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Knife (RAT Folder), Chapstick, baby bic, Keys w/550 cord keychain, wallet, belt. With these Items I feel here in Tn. I could handle a few days if need be. I have these items in my pockets always, when I leave the house.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

when i am in the woods, i always have my KA BAR on me, a zippo, and strike anywhere matches. and a survival blanket and a maglite. but when im around town or doing work, i have a CRKT folder and my zippo and my maglite

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from iron giant wrote 3 years 1 week ago

while hunting I'll have a fixed blade a folder and a lot of times a multi tool on my person. Whats in my pocket varies a lot.

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from Christian Emter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

A GRENADE FOR THOSE DANG TERRORISTS

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from The Awesome Jonathan wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

That is an inapropriate question...

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

A decent knife and some cash, and a cell phone everyday. If i'm going afield i bring a lighter or matches and a compass.

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from HatchetsandAxes wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

If im out in the woods I'll have an Old Timer pocket knife and some flint and steel (I would go with matches but they didn't last through the rain last time). If I could get away with it I would throw in a small axe or hatchet on my belt.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

This was in my pockets over the past weekend of day hiking in the Smoky Mountain National Park. My wife was always with me and some of our hiking was off-trail.

- Wallet in back pocket
- Bench-Made folding knife cliped to the inside of a hip pocket
- Package of chewing gum

On my head was a wide-brimed hat. Around my neck was a whistle. On my wrist, instead of a watch, was my Garmin GPS. In my hand was my stout walking stick.

Everything else was in my day pack...

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from SIR JAMES wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

I wear a fanny pack when I am out & about. inside is a compass, a firestarter, tinder, some flint & steel, a fold up Buck knife, a couple of small bottles of Iodine to purify water, some plant ID cards(just in case), & a storm whistle.

On my belt is a fixed blade Buck knife & in my pocket is another compass & a small fold up buck.

I have yet to be "stuck" out some where freezing my butt off over night while carrying my "survival pack". with this fanny pack, I either have all the comforts of home, or soon will have.

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from The Muskie Man wrote 5 weeks 1 day ago

A .45

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from Williamk8987 wrote 2 weeks 5 days ago

Pocket knife and a cell phone.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

I am in boxers right now, because I am about to hit the rack, but thats besides the point. :)

This is what I normally carry on me, whether I am at work, or just running around.

1 Folding Knife (usually 3-4 inch blade)
1 Lighter
Cell Phone
Plenty of Tinder in my Wallet
1 Can of Cope Whiskey Blend (Sooner or later I'll quit...)

On my belt, thats a different story.

1 M&P Compact .45 ACP w/ Holster
2 Magazines in Pouch
1 Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool

And I usually have a smaller boot knife on me just for good measure. 1 Knife is good... 3 knives are better.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

In my environment the danger is not cold but the heat and it is silent.one minute you are fine and the next you are overheated and even worse a heat stroke.If some form of cooling is not available death is possibile.It is not as easy as carring a space blanket.The best survival tool is carried on your shoulders try not to put yourself in a situation that could become hazardous.With modern commmunication devices and go anywhere vehicles it is easier to stay alive if you don't put yourself out there.Don't try the Steve Irwin stuff and stay safe. I will continue to carry basic pocket tools

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from MLH wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

alabamaoutlaw - reminded me of something. I lived in Shreveport, LA for a couple years. In the summer, by 9:30AM it was already 95 degrees and 95% humidity. Just got hotter from there. I got into the routine of walking slowly from air conditioning to air conditioning. We'd also get 6"-15" of rain a day, but that's another story. Then there were the alligators.

Anyway, another guy from our Michigan office visited during the summer. He was a runner - ran every day. He was out running one day and pretty much collapsed along the road. A cop was there instantly. He asked the cop how she got there so fast. The cop said she saw him running and figured he was a Yank. So she had just followed him, figuring it would only be a matter of time. It gets hot up here for spells but many Northerners just can't relate to the heat and humidity down there.

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from bberg7794 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

Almost always in my left pants pocket is a K&M waterproof match case, the brass one with the compass on top, full of storm or strike anywhere matches. Everything else is in my fanny pack inside Ziploc freezer bags including knife, headlamp, space blanket, water, spare clothing, wallet, keys, licenses and tags, etc. I guess I started using the compass too often to have the match case in my pack too.

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from huntfishkid wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I have a leather man wave, a crkt m21-02 sharpened to a razor edge, a flint and steel, and couple cotton balls. I have my survival knife with and 8 inch blade and a saw on the back on my belt. Make a rope chain or 2 and keep it on your belt.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

A decent knife and some cash, and a cell phone everyday. If i'm going afield i bring a lighter or matches and a compass.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

A yellow handled case two blade trapper,two bic lighters a bandana and usually a pair of string gloves and my wallet.I have an old leatherman i carry in a sheath on my belt.I don't know the name of it all I know is it was one of the first one's made and my wallet.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Now while this was posted a climber got to the edge of the crater of Mt. St. Helen in WA and he TOOK OFF HIS PACK for a photo when the ground gave way and he fell into the crater. The temperatures dropped into the 20's and weather deteriorated. He died of exposure. So, this question is all the more relevant. What do you carry ON YOUR PERSON, NOT IN YOUR PACK, that could help you through a night of sleeping rough?

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from MLH wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Not as much as I will carry next season.

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from FETTY wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

lighter knife compas and some jerky to snack on

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from DeerHunter1994 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

A lighter , a knife and some food but not to much to get in the way.

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from KyleKortright wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

a knife,flashlight,striker

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

dave.. seriouly...no knife, no lighter in my pocket, come on man.. this is a funny meassge board question.. how many pockets do you have when you go ut to do what ever??? do you wear jeans? ya know? cargo pants? what about having the knife in a sheath.. thats not in my pocket.. and a lighter, naw I want an old pack of matches from the bar! (thats a joke) no Dave.. I carry what I need when I need it, because I plan. Failure to plan... Plan to fail and no matter what you keep in your pocket will help when you when you fail (to plan) do you get it?

So if I have to sleep outside unexpected, well I better be calling my wife or I will need a lot more in my pocket then a lighter and a knife.
oh my knife, Swiss Army. Lighter= check.

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from TurkeyMaster55 wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

Lighter gum and a good knife

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

a knife and some strike anywhere matches

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from huntfishkid wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I forgot i also have hatchet on my belt (also razor sharp).

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from bamaoutdoorsman93 wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I keep 3-4 folder, a zippo, bic lighter, tinder in my wallet, 7-8 inch sheath knife on my belt, water purifiers, tums(nothing worse than the runs three miles out in woods) a few packs of doublemint gum and a 12 or 16 ga shotgun never leaves my hand. always have an assortment of ammo too.

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from dillonrobbins wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

a good ol buck 110, bic, and waterproof matches

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

not enough now that i give it more thought though i've given consideration to "my packs hung next to me in the stand what if im seperated and cant get it" But on my person I cary my cell phone, small multi tool, flashlight, and skinning knife. more will come next season...

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Most everything is in my pack which is never far from me. In my pockets are cell phone, wallet, map, gps, car keys. Spare ammo is in my pockets if hunting. Also if hunting, on my belt is a long knife and large bore revolver. If not hunting I have large a folding pocket knife (4-inch blade) or long knife on my belt. I will probably add a plastic lighter based upon this thread. Thanks Dave.

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from lawman328 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Knife (RAT Folder), Chapstick, baby bic, Keys w/550 cord keychain, wallet, belt. With these Items I feel here in Tn. I could handle a few days if need be. I have these items in my pockets always, when I leave the house.

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from J4huntfish wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

when i am in the woods, i always have my KA BAR on me, a zippo, and strike anywhere matches. and a survival blanket and a maglite. but when im around town or doing work, i have a CRKT folder and my zippo and my maglite

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from iron giant wrote 3 years 1 week ago

while hunting I'll have a fixed blade a folder and a lot of times a multi tool on my person. Whats in my pocket varies a lot.

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from HatchetsandAxes wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

If im out in the woods I'll have an Old Timer pocket knife and some flint and steel (I would go with matches but they didn't last through the rain last time). If I could get away with it I would throw in a small axe or hatchet on my belt.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I walk alot when I hunt So I keep my pockets empty I don't like to get rubbed..everything in the pack..pack is always on my back unless I stop to get some grub or tp out

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from Teodoro wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

If I have a pack, a knife and a compass and a wallet, maybe a bit of string and a pen. If I don't, add a small ziploc with basic first-aid, fire stuff.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Two knives, a Leatherman, compass (around my neck), an apple, Hershey bar, or jerky, lighter and matches, billfold (tinder), handkerchief, Surefire flashlight and pliers if I am wearing bibs.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Matt,

Check out "Another Death in the Wild" a few threads away on this same message board. Then go buy yourself a quality lighter and knife.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

MLH
I predict what your saying is,"that the person should not only know, but understand their surroundings, and what their own personal limitations are in any enviroment" ??????????????

or what??????? he did not have a lighter and a knife in his running shorts? (joke)

this is my point and also WHY I posted some photos of me going out of bounds snowboarding. esp. for the "easterner dieing in WY./anotehr daeth in wild.

And as well, MLH, you drive home the main point I tried to make; being, the police officer made a PLAN, and took action.

so if I was going "out" where a cell phone would not work, I would have more then enough for me to not only survive but to get back, no knife or lighter is going to make up for bad decisions or lack of insightful planning.
Oh..would that mean too that a southerner would die in our winters, it just does not get that cold down there.. I would hold the generalizations off until I meet the person mysefl, I do not think anyone is truly aware of what they can do, until they have tried. I have ran down south, yes it sucked, but thats why its called training.

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

.380 and a rescue knife.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

This was in my pockets over the past weekend of day hiking in the Smoky Mountain National Park. My wife was always with me and some of our hiking was off-trail.

- Wallet in back pocket
- Bench-Made folding knife cliped to the inside of a hip pocket
- Package of chewing gum

On my head was a wide-brimed hat. Around my neck was a whistle. On my wrist, instead of a watch, was my Garmin GPS. In my hand was my stout walking stick.

Everything else was in my day pack...

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from SIR JAMES wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

I wear a fanny pack when I am out & about. inside is a compass, a firestarter, tinder, some flint & steel, a fold up Buck knife, a couple of small bottles of Iodine to purify water, some plant ID cards(just in case), & a storm whistle.

On my belt is a fixed blade Buck knife & in my pocket is another compass & a small fold up buck.

I have yet to be "stuck" out some where freezing my butt off over night while carrying my "survival pack". with this fanny pack, I either have all the comforts of home, or soon will have.

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from The Muskie Man wrote 5 weeks 1 day ago

A .45

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from Williamk8987 wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

Pocket knife and a cell phone.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

cellphone. or if I was going remote...sat phone.

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from Christian Emter wrote 3 years 1 week ago

A GRENADE FOR THOSE DANG TERRORISTS

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from The Awesome Jonathan wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

That is an inapropriate question...

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