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Essential gear when alone and/or in groups (pick 2)

First aid kit every time I go out.
18
37%
First aid kit only when I go on multi day trips.
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6%
First aid kit? I 'Like' Darwin.
3
6%
Other option for first aid (Comment).
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2%
Repair kit every time I go out.
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8%
Repair kit only when I go on multi day trips.
11
22%
I never bring a repair kit.
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14%
Other option for repair kit (Comment).
2
4%
 
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Essential gear in your pack

Postby Luc » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:28 pm

When alone or in groups,
Who always brings a first aid kit? and a repair kit?
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby DukeJH » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:05 pm

I always bring a first aid kit but it may vary from being only a roll of duct tape for ridiculously fast and light pursuits to a full-on almost trauma kit for multi day trips with youth groups. My repair kit so far has consisted of duct tape, thread and needle included in my huge first aid kit. I've recently purchased a tent type repair kit that I will use on multi-day trips when I carry a tent.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby nartreb » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:21 pm

First aid kit = duct tape, a knife, string, matches. Needle and thread on longer trips.
Repair kit = duct tape, a knife, string, matches. Needle and thread on longer trips.

Don't feel like I'm missing anything important, though an Ace bandage and a SAM splint would each be nice in certain situations.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby drpw » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:48 am

Here's something I just figured out: I pre-threaded the needle with a good length of thread. I've always had a needle and thread, but whenever something happened, threading the needle was such a daunting task that I would never even think of using it.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:56 pm

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After I saw a guy get his foot torn mostly off, I started bringing a good first-aid kit along to the crags. Lots of compresses to stop bleeding and Rx-strength pain meds were included.

For back-country trips I would not carry that extra weight, and cut way down on the kit.

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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby RCerber » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:25 pm

I never go on mountain without a First aid kit, the Repair kit I always skip it :P i never know why.

In September I was on a 4 days trip (4 person group), nobody had a fire starter :P, So the most important gear is the fire starter :P always check before go.

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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby mconnell » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:15 pm

No such thing as "essential gear." It all depends on where I'm going and what I am planning.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby Luc » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:22 am

mconnell wrote:No such thing as "essential gear." It all depends on where I'm going and what I am planning.

Purely on an academic level, for outdoor pursuits, the first aid kit, repair kit, means of orientation, food and more water are considered 'essential gear'.
In this post, following my own observations over the years, I was wondering about other outdoor enthusiasts habits.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:44 am

mconnell wrote:No such thing as "essential gear." It all depends on where I'm going and what I am planning.


toilet paper...don't leave home without it. Very essential.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby NW » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:22 pm

A head lamp is always in my pack. As well as the above mentioned first aid, repair kit on longer ventures, tp, and a compass.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby HandjamMasterC » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:55 pm

I always bring a headlamp, a lighter, a cigar, a small handgun, a bottle of wine, and a Swiss Army knife with a cork screw.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:38 pm

HandjamMasterC wrote:I always bring a headlamp, a lighter, a cigar, a small handgun, a bottle of wine, and a Swiss Army knife with a cork screw.


Uzi submachine gun advised for local Los Angeles mountains--for the two-legged critters in baggy pants.


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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby NW » Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:18 pm

Lol great I'm going to LA this summer and I don't have an Uzi, plus I doubt I could take it on the plane anyway!
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby JasonH » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:22 pm

Beer.
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Re: Essential gear in your pack

Postby Elkranger » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:14 am

Recorder and harmonica.
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