Hi... Good post, Tim. Many useful and potentially life-saving ideas...!!
Hi, Tim... Interesting post. Wish some of those cards could have been seen. Since that was not the case...I'll have to say this: If they're as good as you say, they could serve a good purpose by being THOROUGHLY STUDIED before the fact. In other words...don't wait until you NEED this info before you use it. Then keep carrying them as recollection-refreshers.
Hi... I think that it's a decent 'starting' kit (hence the name Minimalist?), but it does leave some things to be desired. I prefer to make up my own FAK with items that can be found in most pharmacies. In addition, I also include a Trauma Pack which also includes the 'bloodstopper' "QuikClot", put out by Adventure Medical Kits. I keep such FAKs at home, in the UTE, and in my GHB. Total of only a few ounces, weight-wise, and gives me a much more secure feeling knowing that they are readily acessable.
Hi... Well, the guy had the presence of mind to do SOMETHING...!! And...apparently...it saved his live. Good on him.
Hi... Excellent post, Tim. If only more sportsmen would take that advice. For myself, I call it my Get Home Bag...containing those very items, plus many more. It's a sling Pack, and when fully loaded (fire, cooking, first aid (including a Trauma Pack), shelter, signaling and many more related items, it weighs only seven pounds, minus food and water. Tinned or 'instant' freeze-dried food is added before each trip afield, and water is carried on my hip.
Hi... "Yikes...I can leap-frog 'im...dive under 'im...or bypass 'im. And if I ever get out of here, I'll need a bypass my self...!!".
Hi... Yes, for day packs they are considerably overpriced IMuHO. I can and have sufficed with gear that is far less expensive. But, hey...if money is no object...go ahead...spend your brains out...!!
Hi... Au contrare, my good person...!! Firearms are NOT the 'ideal' item to use against a bear charging you at 35-MPH...!! Unfortunately, most bear 'theories' (and most of them are 'theories') are nothing but tripe. For first hand experience and expert advice on same, Google 'Dr. Tim Smith biologist and bear expert' for the REAL info on how to stay alive when encountered by a bear(s).
Hi... Most bear 'survival' advice is nothing more than tripe...absolutely worthless...!! Google 'Dr. Tom Smith bear biologist' and get the real lifesaving details. He has studied bears and their habits; bear attacks and how to avoid them, etc. Statistically, more bear attacks are thwarted by BEAR SPRAY (not mace or pepper spray) than by firearms. More people have been injured and/or killed by trying to use a firearm against a 35-MPH charging bear, than those who opted to use BEAR SPRAY. Make sure your bear spray is EPA registered. This assures you that the spray has the right amount of spray, the right distance it will spray, and the right COLOR of the spray. There's a lot more about avoiding bear attacks, but I'll let you find out first hand by letting your fingers do the walking, okay?
Hi... If you have a grey squirrel treed, and it won't show itself, tap the tree with a rock, and that will get it moving again.
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