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Alkarii wrote: Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:06 pm At the moment, I drive for DHL.
I spent several years driving for Hertz until my knee blew out {nothing to do with the job} - hurt like hell - and i needed arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus cartilage.

Luckily, Kate had only barely completed her ninety days working for the county so i had the kind of insurance that let us afford it.
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That Silky Gomboy does look like a damn nice, easy-packing saw.

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Also, my mom, who was a champ with fabric and gardening, told me once that I'd never be sorry buying stuff by Fiskars, and their scissors, anyhow, are reasonably priced.
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Typeminer wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:22 am All my gear regrets are from buying cheap crap that didn't work. I've never regretted buying anything that was up to the job, though it's always happier to get it at a good price.
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Dave wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:09 am
Typeminer wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:22 am All my gear regrets are from buying cheap crap that didn't work. I've never regretted buying anything that was up to the job, though it's always happier to get it at a good price.
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Yeah, a comment I saw on the review video for the rucksack I bought stated "buy once, cry once" when referring to the hefty price tag.

I'm not sure I like the sheath of the saw, because it doesn't seem to lend itself very well to mounting to a belt or bag, but I think I have an idea for how to attach it to the webbing on my ruck, or transfer it to a belt or whatever, using paracord and some relatively simple knots.

Because the tarp folds up to be pretty damn small, and the poncho rolls up to be almost as small, I might be able to get away with keeping both in cargo pockets. I know when I was in basic, that's where we kept our ponchos when we had them. I'm thinking about taking one of the 50' bundles of paracord and making it into a prepared guyline, with a couple of prussic knots on it and the proper knots (like a trucker's hitch) on the ends, so whenever I need to set up, I can deploy it a little bit quicker. This might go in either one of my cargo pockets, or I can just put it in the vest or a belt pouch.
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Woo! My Gore-Tex bivy arrived! Now I can sleep outdoors in a rainstorm and still be warm and dry. If I order a 4 season sleeping bag and use it in conjunction with the rest of my gear, I could probably sleep in just my skivvies on the coldest nights of the year.

The sleeping gear I have so far: a 2 season mummy sleeping bag, a pair of poncho liners, one with a zipper, that bivy bag, and a US military issue self inflating bedroll. When you include the tarp, deployed as a low tent, I could probably rough it for a weekend.
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A few more from Elissa. Night atmosphere, Texas flag on the mainmast, and her figurehead.

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Aaarr Matey...
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I picked up some stuff today, including a waterproof lighter case. It comes with a lighter in it, and you're supposed to use the classic Bic lighters for it. I'm going to dummy cord the cap to the main part of the case, probably with the #36 bank line I picked up.

I had also noticed that a lot of my small tools have lanyard holes, so I was thinking... Why not have all of them on midline loops on the same cord, so I don't have to keep cutting cordage? I don't actually know if that's a good idea or not, as I'd be pulling out several small things every time I need just one, but at the same time, I'd only have to pull on one cord, and I can keep everything in the same pouch.
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There's something to that...
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You'd have the others dangling and probably getting in the way . . . you'll have to try it and decide if that's a problem or not.

Tangling would also seem a likely issue.

Perhaps snap-clips to allow switching things to a single lanyard when needed?

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Alkarii wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 8:11 pmI had also noticed that a lot of my small tools have lanyard holes, so I was thinking... Why not have all of them on midline loops on the same cord, so I don't have to keep cutting cordage? I don't actually know if that's a good idea or not, as I'd be pulling out several small things every time I need just one, but at the same time, I'd only have to pull on one cord, and I can keep everything in the same pouch.
Get a rectangle of something such as leather, heavy canvas, or whatever, and fold it in half like a book. Inside, along the top of the back cover, stitch in a row of loops that you can attach carabiners or similar clips to. Then you can hook your smaller bits of gear onto the clips, use a tie to fasten the whole "book" closed, and then stuff it into a pouch or hang it from a strap or whatever. That way you keep those little bits of gear together and protected, they're less likely to get tangled on each other or snag on random things, and they stay quiet instead of rattling around.
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That sounds pretty cool, but I just stuffed everything intp a pouch on my vest on a loooong lanyard. However, my intention isn't to simply go with my first idea. I plan to try several different methods, so I can figure out which works best for me.


And I just now realized... I put this "lifeline" in the wrong pouch. I put it on the right side of the vest, instead of the left (I think I mentioned being left handed before). The good thing is, I can easily move it, because all I did was tuck one end of the loop through the webbing, then passed the rest of it through that bit of the loop.
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I tried on my poncho today, just to get a look at the thing, and I noticed that there's a string in there, kind of like what would be used for a drawstring, but it isn't set up as one. It's clearly meant to be there, but I have no clue what it's for. I don't recall seeing one on the poncho I was issued in basic.

This is a military style poncho, and it was made by Brandit, if that helps.
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Is the drawstring meant to cinch up the waist?
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Alkarii wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 12:59 am I tried on my poncho today, just to get a look at the thing, and I noticed that there's a string in there, kind of like what would be used for a drawstring, but it isn't set up as one. It's clearly meant to be there, but I have no clue what it's for. I don't recall seeing one on the poncho I was issued in basic.

This is a military style poncho, and it was made by Brandit, if that helps.
It could be for securing it so that it doesn't flap around when you wear it. Or some are designed to be lashed to other ponchos and used as tents.
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Now that I think about it, some items that are extremely collapsible when not in use, have a string attached to bind it in a small bundle....
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I just checked it out again, and I feel like a dope for not realizing this before now: if you put the string behind your head as you put on the poncho, it can keep the front from blowing away from your body, and probably reduce the amount of rain that gets on your legs.


Buuuut... I got a wash in water repellant, and I can use it on my tactical pants, which is a much cheaper alternative to getting waterproof tactical pants in the Flecktarn pattern.
I'm gonna try to try to get an actual Gore-tex rain suit sometime soon, but in the meantime, I have a regular rain suit in that pattern that is meant to be put on over regular clothing.

I also saw a video by Coalcracker Bushcraft on YouTube where he's showing an emergency shelter that his company sells. I think it's called the T6 Zero or something like that, but it's a waterproof tarp that is bright orange and has strings on two of the corners so you don't have to fiddle with a guyline. It can be stuffed into a pocket that is part of it, and you can get it so small that you can fit it into a pocket. I might get one, in case I get out in the woods and actually want to be found (in contrast to most of my kit being camouflage...).

I think I might redo the loops on my lifeline, without even having tested it. Right now, I used overhand loops for each tool, but I learned how to do the alpine butterfly loop, and I realized that if I put the tool in the middle of my palm while using the easiest method of tying that knot, I can get the loop tied around the tool in just the right way. Plus, they seem to sit better on the line.

EDIT: I didn't see the other posts, but yeah, this poncho has grommets and snaps on it. The grommets are for tying a liner to it so you can use it as a sleeping bag, and also for tying it with another to be used as a tent. I think the snaps could be used to assist in this function, but because I have the basha (the lightweight tarp for use as a shelter or ground sheet), I won't really need it as such.
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Dave wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:07 am
Challenger007 wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:10 am My quarantine is not so interesting. I just decided to go in for sports, fixed the ONETWOFIT crossbar in my yard - it was inexpensive and helps to pass the time.
And, crossbar exercise has a definite advantage over a sail on a tall ship - it's much less likely to cause motion sickness.
Do not be ironic. I have everything in order with the vestibular apparatus. And the exercises available every day strengthen the body.
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