rb_akl

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    Diabetic friend packable foods

    I have a friend from my school days who is diabetic, and he's into his wilderness activities and gets by OK. He usually takes a good supply of high fibre, natural carbs, protein, etc. He explained to me once that a diabetics best friend are Oats (steel cut is best if you can find it, but rolled is fine too), and this is his staple breakfast for day to day life. Something to do with reducing the risk of blood sugar spikes and controlling insulin levels (I don't understand the exact ins and outs). He also eats a lot of high protein, low GI foods, such as beef jerky/biltong (the South African equivilant), eggs (munis the yolk for most of them), chicken etc. Low GI vegetables like brocolli, green peas, legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils) are also good sources of energy and all are available in cans for food storage. Hope your prepping goes well!
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    Steripen

    The best one I've found (and eventually settled on myself) is the Emergency model. Its slightly lighter and does a few less treatments, but is also a fraction of the cost (in the ballpark of $100 less than standard models). Still does 8000L of water, which works out to be 2L of water everyday for 4 years (according to the box). Battery dependancy is a downer though, and they seem to chew through the recommended lithium batteries too.
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    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    I have a get home bag of sorts - its a whole bunch of stuff stored in the wheel well where the spare tyre is (every car in NZ has these crappy things called space-savers - rubbish as a spare tyre but the extra space does have uses! Keeps it out of site). All my get home gear is stored in a drybag inside a small backpack. Awesome competition to date. Look foward to some more submissions
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    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    My EDC (pocket dump) is pretty simple, slimline and tailored to my needs. I also have stuff in my work bag which will sort me out in cases of emergencies I suppose. EDC (pocket dump; left to right): Magic Wallet (bank cards, drivers license, work I.D and swipe card) Samsung Galaxy Mini Keys with bottle opener, Victorinox Classic and whistle off a Bear Grylls Ultimate knife (got in the way of the pummel so off it came!) Gerber Paraframe I or Benchmade flick knife (unsure of the model) Led Lenser P3 torch (16 Lumens, 33m beam) Although not something on me everyday (weekends it tends to stay at home), thought I'd share the kit anyways...just showing one of each but I have double ups in the kit: Fire starter, strapping tape, conforming bandage, sterile/cleansing wipes, Ibuprofen, various sized band-aids. All kept in a Pacific Outdoor Pnuemo (pronouced Numo apparently) waterproff zip-lock baggy thingo. Also have a Leatherman Wingman in my bag, and carry a notebook, pen, Ipod touch and chapstick. Has been refined over and over to meet my needs and be something practical that I can carry...especially the EDC/pocket dump. Thinking of ditching the knives in favour of a Victorinox Alox Cadet knife...thoughts? [ATTACH=CONFIG]617[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]618[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]619[/ATTACH]
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    EDC (Everyday Carry) Contest 2012

    My EDC (pocket dump) is pretty simple, slimline and tailored to my needs. I also have stuff in my work bag which will sort me out in cases of emergencies I suppose. EDC (pocket dump; left to right): Magic Wallet (bank cards, drivers license, work I.D and swipe card) Samsung Galaxy Mini Keys with bottle opener, Victorinox Classic and whistle off a Bear Grylls Ultimate knife (got in the way of the pummel so off it came!) Gerber Paraframe I or Benchmade flick knife (unsure of the model) Led Lenser P3 torch (16 Lumens, 33m beam) Although not something on me everyday (weekends it tends to stay at home), thought I'd share the kit anyways...just showing one of each but I have double ups in the kit: Fire starter, strapping tape, conforming bandage, sterile/cleansing wipes, Ibuprofen, various sized band-aids. All kept in a Pacific Outdoor Pnuemo (pronouced Numo apparently) waterproff zip-lock baggy thingo. Also have a Leatherman Wingman in my bag, and carry a notebook, pen, Ipod touch and chapstick. Has been refined over and over to meet my needs and be something practical that I can carry...especially the EDC/pocket dump. Thinking of ditching the knives in favour of a Victorinox Alox Cadet knife...thoughts? [ATTACH=CONFIG]617[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]618[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]619[/ATTACH]
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    preppers physical conditioning.

    Some do indeed run counter. Something to consider is the Paleo-Diet. Basically, the idea is that is the item of food was around 1000 years ago (and comes from the ground/water/land) then it's good to eat. Although a bit too extreme for me (and no doubt lots of others), it brings up the idea of getting your body out of relying on processed foods, and getting used to eating natural/whole foods. It's been noted that people who have had a lot of processed food in their diet go through a shock, and often become sick, following going cold turkey on such foods. If the preverbial really were to hit the fan, I doubt processed foods would last for long before you need to start on naturally occuring foods. Maybe you'd have no access at all to them once your supply is gone. Last thing you'd want is to get sick in such a situation, so perhaps if you are one of those who eat processed foods, start weaning yourself off them! Just a thought, anyways...
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    preppers physical conditioning.

    I think moderate-good fitness/strength is paramount and up there with organizing supplies/gear. No point getting everything together if you can't carry it or don't have the fitness to go anywhere with it! I'm a bit of a fitness nut myself, so make sure I squeeze in an hour a day, 5 days a week at the gym - weights and cardio. If you are gonna go down the getting in shape road, make sure the weights you do are practical for everyday situations - Good/core exercises should form the basis of anything (weighted pull-ups, press ups, military presses, deadlifts, burpees, squats, lunges etc.). Nutrition is important too, no point trying to get in shape if you're just gonna eat crap! Anyways, thats my 10 cents!
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    Get home/EDC bag

    Nice set up, has given me a couple of ideas! Just a suggestion on the first aid front...if you can find one, buy one of these: http://aideport.com/store/show/35 - has a whole HEAP of useful stuff, plus a whistle and survival blanket. Dirt cheap too considering what you get!
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    It's a cool wee knife - have only had to sharpen it once in the 5 years I've had it, and it gets used almost everyday. I purchased the Gerber Ripstop II the other day - big mistake. Locking mechanism was busted out of the box. My replacement had the same problem. Has Gerber slipped down a few rungs on the quality ladder?
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    Our laws on carrying knives/guns here in New Zealand are pretty harsh, so I've got to be pretty grey about it, and this is what I've whittled it down to through trial and error (I want to change the knife though)... In my pockets: Gerber Paraframe LED Lensor P3 Samsung Galaxy Mini smartphone Keys with mini Victorinox Classic, whistle and bottle opener (essential for us Kiwis!) Wallet I cycle to work, so keep a small first aid kit (bandages, band-aids, sterile whipes, strapping tape, fire steel) in my backpack. Also always have a Nalgene 1L bottle in my bag for use at work etc. I also wear a Suunto M2 watch with a spare battery (Suunto watches = user replaceable batteries). No doubt you've heard of it, but if not, check out www.everyday-carry.com ...it's a cool blog and may give those deciding on what to carry some ideas.
  11. I'm a new member to this side of the site, but have been cruising through the many articles and forum posts for a while now - probably the best site I've found, period! Anyways, I've been increasingly living by the "I'd rather have it, and not need it, than need it and not have it" ethos following conversations with workmates. I'm lucky enough to work in an outdoors store in between university (camping/tramping/general outdoors stuff), so have ready access to some quality stuff. I've set up a wee kit that is constantly in my bag (mini get home kit I guess) and I have one in my car. I'm posting to get some thoughts on the kit, an whether the guru's on here have any critiques/suggestions/etc. on my kits. Thought it might also throw up some discussion, I dunno... Onto the kits! Mini get home kit (always on me): Gerber Paraframe AMK first aid kit (Ultralite 5) Fire steel AMK e-bivvy Led Lensor P5 torch Box of waterproof matches (x50) Whistle (on my key-chain) 5m 3mm dyneema cord Store all of this in a small drybag Also have a paclite gore-tex jacket rolled up in the bottom of the bag In the car (bigger get home kit I guess?) AIDE first aid kit - bit bigger than the AMK and meant to set someone up for c. 5 days Gerber Big Rock camp knife 2x 50 boxes of water proof matches 2x survival blankets 4x light sticks water bottle (1L) 3L of water 10m 5mm cord Tarp Couple bags of freeze dried food Black Diamond Spot head torch Role of duct tape Couple litres of petrol Sits in a back-pack in the boot of the car incase I need to get up and go! Think thats about it. Managed to set it all up for around $400NZ. Any thoughts or suggestions on extras welcome!
  12. Thanks for the suggestions - much appreciated! Our army lads have a bit of a name for them thats for sure! I've just got the lot in a little dry-bag inside my backpack (or whatever bag I have with me at the time). I'm pretty big on keeping things inconspicuous, so try to have something that stores away without too much fuss. Don't have a bandanna but have a Buff, in theory should work as well?