1001 Tips/tricks of the trade to make life easier

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New postby hunter on Sun 13 May 2007 09:41

Females are usually bigger than males :D ......and they aren't so brightly coulored that males.....hope it helps :)

Regards, Aljosa
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1001 tips/tricks of the trade

New postby nosjon on Fri 18 May 2007 11:20

Hello everyone.
No 281.
Wind-up technology is here to stay and has improved significantly since James' testing of the "Freeplay" wind-up torch, last year.

Bearing in mind having read all 3 pages of tips etc., no person has mentioned communication with the outside world when in dire straights. Most folk now have a mobile phone when them and of course they run out of battery charge. Well folks, many wind-up torches on the market today have a facility to charge up your phone!

Expensive? Nope. Google them and you will all be surprised at how cheap they are.

God bless,
Eric Jonson (nosjon)
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New postby mcniac on Fri 18 May 2007 20:48

the idea of a mobile phone in the woods is good as long as you have service there, if not hten you better have some better idea , like some kind of radio transmisor (CV?) or similars,

also i think most of us (or at least me) don't want to get calls in the woods, so i take my phone to the woods but stays off till i need it. that way i don't need to recharge the batery ;)

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New postby le.freak on Sat 19 May 2007 08:00

Taking our phones out and turning them off, we do that, too, when camping.

But remember: if anyone else should have to use it, he will have to know the PIN. (And it may be difficult for you too in an emergency situation to remember it.)

So you better turn of the PIN request for the time camping so in any emergency one has just to turn the phone on without any PIN / Password, etc. and use it.
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New postby tnrdnck on Wed 12 Dec 2007 04:22

550 paracord heated with a lighter to form a small plastic stick can be carved/ whittled into a needle for sewing.
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New postby FinnMan on Wed 12 Dec 2007 05:26

Most of the mobilephones can do emergency call (for example 911) even they are turned off or without even sim-card inside.
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New postby James on Wed 12 Dec 2007 14:37

isn't that 12 the international GSM emergency number ?
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New postby FinnMan on Wed 12 Dec 2007 18:56

Don´t know about that. Here in Finland it´s 112
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New postby James on Thu 13 Dec 2007 23:33

possible, I thought there was a 12 must be 112 then!
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New postby Sean on Fri 11 Apr 2008 22:31

#284 (I think?) Cut out the reflective strips around the waist of a high visiblity vest. You now have two velcro fastening strips big enough to go around your back pack. Handy if you're travelling at night and should encounter roads with traffic. They can also be taken off and on very quickly. You can even join them end to end and slip them on as a sash without having to take off your pack --as long as you don't mind looking like a luminous Miss World contestant!

#285 If you're travelling from A to B to A again, leave a few bottles of water for the return journey on your way if you know there isn't going to be much around.

#286 If food/water containers don't have measurements and markings on them, make sure you mark them yourself. This is doubley true for oddly shaped bottles and jars which can look like they have more left in them than they do.

#287 Carry a spare water bottle cap and poke holes in it. You can then use it as a sort of shower as well, by holding it above you or hanging it in a tree.

#288 If you can't keep containers topped up to the brim, squeeze any air out of them to keep the amount of rustling and sloshing sounds down. Not only for sneaking around; the noise will drive you insane as well!

(first post by the way, hi all!)
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New postby galew on Wed 10 Sep 2008 18:05

282 use sewing machine bobbins to store snare wire, fish line etc.
283 substitute 550 paracord for other cords and shoe laces and wrap around everything you can including pack frame
284 Cat eyes - thumb tacks that glow in the dark can be used as trail markers etc.
285 already part there - when walking anywhere look back at least every 100 yards and any time the terrain changes, uphill, downhill, moves left or right
286 When using a compass to find your camp if along a river/stream or trail don't head directly to it but aim to miss either to the left or right, that way when you come to the stream/river/trail/road, you know which way to turn to get to the camp. When heading directly to it, if you miss by just a few yards, you could go miles in the wrong direction.
287 Brightly colored ribbon tied to branches also work as trail markers, if you use the paper crape type they will biodegrade in a few weeks.
288 you can shoot out mud or dirt in a gun barrel using a shell with the bullet removed (a blank)
289 always carry your psk in a pocket or on your belt, never in your pack
290 always were wool - cotton kills when wet
291. practice using your alternate fire starting methods, and other survival skills until you are confident that you can use them in a survial situation even if injured. Have at least one method that can be used even if you have a broken arm.
292 never try any of the things that Bear uses on man vs wilderness, his show is not about surviving, only ratings
293 have some light source that does not require it continuous pressure on the switch.
294 survival is a mind set, never give up
295 know your limitations and then do what it takes to survive anyway
296 fear can be your friend
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New postby galew on Thu 11 Sep 2008 15:03

297 Great online survival and primative skills books
This is a manual targeted at soldiers, but a lot of information is still relevant for civilians.

http://outdoors.magazine.free.fr/s_topic.php?id_rubrique=25

This is a complete online version of the US army FM 21-76 and Fm 21-76-1 Evasion, Survival and Recovery survival manual.
http://tions.net/CA256EA900408BD5/vwWWW ... ~000#index
The 10 Bushcraft Books' by Richard Graves. These are great most of what is in Richards Burscraft book telling and showing you how to survive with nothing more than a cutting tool.

298 Practice your survival skills as often as you can, when has you practiced enough, when you can make a fire during a huricane!!! and yes I am still practicing.
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