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Wilderness Survival / Re: The Knife, the most important survival item 2.
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 04:18:49 AM »
My retirement plan is "die at work" but if I do manage to retire I can't imagine being bored! There's so much I still want to do.  Kudos to you for getting out and getting it done!

  LOL,  "Work" is a subjective word,  to most people work is a drudgery that one suffers in order to make enough money in order to be able to survive week to week and pay the bills,  a wise man once said "find something to do to make a living that you really like to do, and you'll never work another day in your life",  I believe that.
  When I was a kid I had several jobs that weren't a lot of fun, they were hot, sweaty, tiring jobs,  but when you're a kid and it's all that's available, you do it.
  Since those early days I've done quite a few things,  drove a fuel delivery truck, owned an autobody shop, a small novelty shop, I built a construction business that employed a dozen men, but as soon as they became boring I sold them and tried something different, I had a career in law enforcement, retired from that and went back to operating heavy equipment and driving construction dump trucks.
  I've been fortunate in my life to make a living doing what I enjoy,  as a rule the physical part of working didn't bother me and was most often enjoyable,  the part I didn't like about "work" is my time being owned by my employer five days a week for forty plus hours a week, that's what made the word "work" a four letter word for me.
  That first morning of my retirement when I climbed out of bed and realized that I didn't have to hurry to bath, make a lunch, and drive into "work", and then not have fight traffic in the afternoon commute is one I won't soon forget,  for the rest of my life my time would be mine.
 
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Wilderness Survival / Re: The Knife, the most important survival item 2.
« Last post by Phaedrus on Yesterday at 01:32:10 AM »
My retirement plan is "die at work" but if I do manage to retire I can't imagine being bored! There's so much I still want to do.  Kudos to you for getting out and getting it done!
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General Discussion / Re: Alone Season 5
« Last post by Apercula on June 19, 2018, 08:23:50 PM »

I found this list of the 40 items the contestants in season 3 were allowed to choose from, a list of prohibited items, and the provided items in addition to the 10 they chose from the 40.



List of 40 Items to Choose from for ?Alone? (Gear Selection Choices)

**Update ? History has published the list of 40 items. They are as follows ?

(*Each participant was allowed to select up to 10 items from the following list.)
SHELTER

    12?12 ground cloth/tarp (grommets approved)
    8 mm climbing rope
    550 parachord ? 20m
    1 hatchet
    1 saw
    1 axe

BEDDING

    1 multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits within provided back-pack
    1 bivi bag (gortex sleeping bag cover)
    1 sleeping Pad
    1 hammock

COOKING

    1 large (no more than 2 quart) Pot, includes lid
    1 steel frying pan
    1 flint or ferro rod set
    1 enamel bowl for eating from
    1 spoon
    1 disposable lighter
    1 canteen or water bottle
    1 bear canister

HYGIENE

    1 bar soap
    1 8 oz tube of toothpaste
    1 face flannel
    1 40 m. roll dental floss
    1 small bottle bio shower soap
    1 shaving razor (and 1 blade)
    1 towel (30? x 60?)
    1 comb

HUNTING

    1 300 yard roll of nylon single filament fishing line and 25 assorted hooks (No lures)
    1 primitive bow with 6 Arrows (must be predominately made of wood)
    1 small gauge gill net (1.5 m deep x 6 m long and 2 inch [50 mm] mesh)
    1 slingshot/Catapult
    1 net foraging bag
    3.5 lb roll of trapping wire

FOOD RATIONS

    5 lbs of beef jerky (protein)
    5 lbs of dried pulses/legumes/lentils mix (starch and carbs)
    5 lbs of biltong (protein)
    5 lbs of hard tack military biscuits (carbs/sugars)
    5 lbs of chocolate (Simple/complex sugars)
    5 lbs of pemmican (traditional trail food made from fat and proteins)
    5 lbs of gorp (raisins, m&m?s and peanuts)
    5 lbs of flour. (starch/carbs)
    2 lbs of rice or sugar and 1 lb of salt

TOOLS

    1 pocket knife
    1 hunting knife
    1 leatherman multi-tool
    1 sharpening stone
    1 roll of duct tape or 1 roll of electrical tape
    1 small shovel
    1 small sewing kit
    1 carabineer
    1 LED flashlight
    1 pair of ice spikes

Banned/Prohibited List for ?Alone?

The banned/prohibited items list
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    Fuel or matches
    Bug spray/mosquito repellant
    Sunscreen/Chap stick
    Sunglasses
    Beauty products
    Map (detailed topographical)
    Compass
    Unapproved technology (anything with a battery or an engine, eg. cell phones, computers, watches, etc.)
    Professional snares
    Firearms of any kind
    Ammunition
    Explosives or gunpowder
    Animal poison
    Professional fishing rods
    Fishing lures, flies, bait kits
    Fishing traps
    Food or beverage (except the options from the selection list)
    Decoys
    Animal calls
    Tree stands
    Professional bows or crossbows
    Scopes of any kind
    Tents or shelters
    Stoves, pressure cookers or other cooking appliances
    Hydration packs
    Fire pits
    Electric or propane lanterns
    Inflatable boats
    Filtration, purification devices, iodine tablets
    Coolers or food storage boxes (except optional bear canister)

Additional Items ?Alone? Contestants Were Given

All the men got to take many pieces of gear that were not counted toward the 10 item limit. These included:
CLOTHING/APPAREL/PERSONAL EFFECT ITEMS

    1 pair high leg Hunting boots
    2 pairs of Outdoor Pants (can unzip into shorts)
    1 t-shirt
    2 fleece or wool shirts (a hooded fleece is approved)
    3 pairs wool socks
    1 hat (brimmed, wool or baseball)
    1 bandana or shemagh
    1 pair gloves
    1 light outdoor jacket
    2 pairs underwear
    1 rain jacket and rain trousers
    1 thermal underwear (long)
    1 pair of gaiters
    1 pair of Crocs, Teva sandals or Keen sandals
    1 toothbrush
    1 pair of prescription eye glasses
    1 personal photograph

TRACKING/SAFETY ITEMS

    1 canister wild animal repellant
    1 air horn
    1 backpack
    1 camera pack
    Camera equipment
    1 emergency flare
    1 satellite phone
    1 emergency personal flotation device
    1 first aid kit (military type ? tourniquet, wadding, ace bandage, alcohol, plastic bag, etc)
    1 small mirror
    1 20?20 canvas tarp
    1 10?10 canvas tarp for camera gear
    1 head lamp
    1 gps tracking device
    1 emergency rations pack to include water and food

WINTER SURVIVAL ITEMS

    1 woolen sweater
    1 pair of gloves
    1 trapper?s hat with ear protection or toboggan
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General Discussion / Re: recient wood finds
« Last post by hayshaker on June 19, 2018, 02:07:15 PM »
these last photos are of black walnut slabs I found at the tree dump.
because of my crappy camera the photos don't do the wood justice.
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General Discussion / Re: recient wood finds
« Last post by Yellowyak on June 19, 2018, 10:55:48 AM »
From Hayshaker:







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Wilderness Survival / Re: The Knife, the most important survival item 2.
« Last post by Moe M. on June 19, 2018, 05:53:52 AM »
Sounds cool Moe, glad your getting out and having fun. To damn hot here and work an life gets in the way. look forward to hearing your report.

  Thanks Spyder, the weather around my parts has been pretty good heat wise, it's been a wet season so far so the fire danger is low, but the woods are really thick and green, the biggest deterrent for me is the deer ticks, but I use Permethrin on my clothes and Ben's or other repellent on exposed skin, I also had a pair of waxed cotton gaiters made up with tie strings top and bottom that keep the little bastages from getting up under my pant legs from my boots,  so far so good.
  Life does have a way of getting in the way, but I've been retired for the last eight years and that's half the battle I no longer worry about, I know some people who complain about being bored and feeling useless after they retire,  in my case I only regret not doing it sooner.   
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Wilderness Survival / Re: The Knife, the most important survival item 2.
« Last post by Moe M. on June 19, 2018, 05:41:28 AM »
good on ya moe, sounds like a fun time for sure,
btw; upstate ny is supposed to have some highly prized chert deposits,
i used to to flint knap a bit and make animal jaw knives,though i must say
having one of my bush craft knives i feel thek much better than the old school
novaulite blades.

  Thanks, around here in south eastern Ma. river beds that have dried up are good places to look for hard stone, washed stone at the sea shore is also productive,  there are pockets of the whitish stone I call agate that spark very well and that also flakes well, great for making Hooka knives.
  All you do is break up a golf ball sized piece and get a flake that has a consistently sharp edge about 1-1/4" long or more, then find a green thumb sized stick about 6~7 inches long and split one end about a third of the way down, then insert the flake in the split so that the sharp edge is sticking out, use a piece of bank line, paracord, or what ever small dia. cordage you can come up with to bind up the split in the stick before and after where the stone sits,  it'll keep the stone in place and keep the stick from splitting out more. 
 It's surprising what you can do with those little knives, of course they aren't great at batoning, but they are great for processing game, cleaning fish, prepping food, cutting cordage, and light carving, even decent feather sticks and shavings.
 
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Friends
« Last post by dumbass on June 19, 2018, 05:03:50 AM »
Thanks Mikey.
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General Discussion / Re: Alone Season 5
« Last post by Phaedrus on June 19, 2018, 01:44:18 AM »
Yeah, a tarp, sat phone,  camera gear, FAK, bear spray  (where appropriate) are given to each contestant  IIRC.
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Wilderness Survival / Re: The Knife, the most important survival item 2.
« Last post by hayshaker on June 18, 2018, 08:47:53 PM »
good on ya moe, sounds like a fun time for sure,
btw; upstate ny is supposed to have some highly prized chert deposits,
i used to to flint knap a bit and make animal jaw knives,though i must say
having one of my bush craft knives i feel thek much better than the old school
novaulite blades.
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