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Dayhiking and Survival Kits

As you may have heard, I’m working on the first-ever Exploration Guides book.  The first book, on dayhiking, is a complete beginner and intermediate book on dayhiking, including how to get started, where to go, who to go with, and a lot of information about gear.

In an Outdoor Science class, freshman year in High School, I made a hiking survival kit in class.  It’s been bouncing around in the bottom of my backpack forever, having survived three backpacks, freezing, roasting, submersion in water countless times, and, oddly, nearly everything seems to have survived.  It’s not pretty, but it’s still pretty good.  The one odd thing is that the strike-anywhere matches appear to have oxidized.  They didn’t burn, exactly, as there’s no scorch marks anywhere, and the wooden match sticks didn’t burn at all, but the heads, which should be red and white, are completely black, looking like they were burned.  They also don’t light (I thought it might just be a coating of oxidation).

It looks like maybe survival kits really don’t last forever.  Probably best to renew them every decade or so but, if I needed the stuff on a hike today, pretty much everything else would still be usable.  Oh well.  It’s time for an upgrade, anyway.  The new kit will include waterproof, windproof matches instead of the strike anywhere type, but otherwise, nearly everything’s the same.

August 25, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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