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  2. PappyHiker

    Picture a day thread!

    Not even June yet and this guy has already about a 6" start!
  3. Rick

    Highrise rescue backpack

    The ones currently on the market seem to work well. As some of us have no doubt seen on the news, people will jump to certain death rather than be burned alive so the escape packs sort of sell themselves. I'd rather strap on one that's been around for a bit and rigorously tested rather than the knock-off though. There seem to be some really good variants out there, Latchways PRD is a work safety device that allows a worker to let himself down after falling and being arrested by the device, in essence rescuing himself instead of having to summon others. A simple version of escape reel I saw on youtube seems to be the one that comes with some apartments in Korea. They seem to be more common in Europe and Asia than in North America, but that's a glass half full situation as far as sales is concerned. Tomas Bata, Shoemaker to the World told the story of 2 salesmen sent to Equatorial Africa to explore the market; one wired back, "Situation hopeless, no-one here even wears shoes." The other man wired back "Possibilities endless, no-one here has shoes yet!"
  4. For those following along at home.... The answer (for me) is 4. I just purchased new bifocals for my everyday when I'm not wearing contacts pair and some mail order glasses for my 4th pair. This brings me to: Ray Ban Bifocals - main pair Ray Ban Single Vision - spares in the car Progressive Bifocals* - BOB Mail Order Single Vision - EDC Pouch/Bag** * Least favorite pair, but serviceable ** Also some tiny readers in case I have my contacts in. I'm still primarily a contact wearer, but practicality says glasses are the way to go if I'm looking long term. Mail order single visions were around $40 and have already paid for themselves with my peace of mind.
  5. Last week
  6. Gary_Gough

    Highrise rescue backpack

    I suspect the biggest hurdle to use would be getting over the idea of stepping into space and trusting that nothing will jam up. 200 meters of static line is about $400 , an aluminum descender $10 and then a climbing harness and assorted hardware maybe $50 more, so $460 to be able to drop 50 stories. How's that compare? Either way practice would be a good idea, and I have to admit I've never done more then 10 meters down my house, so know the theory but would panic set in? It's not hard to mess up the rope especially if you are working with an improvised rig, cross it over so it self tightens and you are suspended in space. In some ways I'd prefer rope, as it could be used by several people in turn and is something I'd be more likely to have on hand. The backpack with steel cable would be fireproof , but if you need that it also means you intend to drop through a fire. The pack is also not something I'd be likely to be carrying, so pretty much just emergency gear for a fixed long term location. I can see it if you live 20 stories up in an earthquake prone location, and want an escape route when the elevators are out and maybe the stairs too. Just as a point of interest, I wonder if anyone has ever actually used one of these for the intended situation? Seems like one of those very rare occurrences that's unlikely to happen in several life times, and even less likely to be in place if needed. Kind of like installing a bell on a casket, if you were alive and about to get buried, the embalming process would make sure you weren't going to be calling for help. But people have feared being buried alive enough that it was an option.
  7. zackmars

    Highrise rescue backpack

    Not sure i want a breaking system on climbing equipment😬
  8. DanielSurvivor

    Survival Prepareness

    Have always a first aid kit. A backpack with water, food, some clothes, lamp, lighter, knife. Also, be mentally prepared!
  9. DanielSurvivor

    Medications during a SHTF.

    Interesting. Very helpful your comments. Thank you very much.
  10. DanielSurvivor

    Open Water......

    Before drink sea water, you need to process it by desalination. Also, ocean provides us with a lot of food.
  11. If you are from Newzealand You need to go Treasurebox.co.nz you will get everything which you required. Quality items with best items.
  12. Rick

    Highrise rescue backpack

    "Looks promising, what do you guys think?" Looks like a copy of this one https://www.amazon.com/SkySaver-260-Building-Escape-Backpack/dp/B013F0N7G0 except they spelled braking wrong.
  13. Quick update on the Polymule indiegogo campaign. They are 99% funded, woohoo! 2-3 more carts sold and they'll be fully funded. That means they'll go into production and there are 6 days left if you want to get in on the introductory pricing. Check out their campaign for the details and product info. https://igg.me/at/polymule/x/14396232
  14. Great thoughts and ideas. I kept coming back to the idea that when societal decline continues we'll most likely need to use manual power to move most things. No gas, EMP, you name it, and you'll be hauling things either around your property or potentially hundreds of miles.
  15. Hey guys, just came across this new campaign on Kickstarter, Skyspider. Looks promising, what do you guys think? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skyspider/skyspider-worlds-first-skyscraper-rescue-backpack
  16. dthomasdigital

    Rabbits Suck!

    Saw a coyote this weekend in the nature preserve behind my house with a rabbit in it's mouth. What a good boy.
  17. Gary_Gough

    Rabbits Suck!

    Well, on the philosophy of you've just fed them.... https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25843/hasenpfeffer-rabbit-stew/
  18. Earlier
  19. thegouldii

    Hi from Australia

    Hey - Another Aussie ! I'm down in Tasmania, but I make it a point to travel to NSW at least once a year for the 'www.oceanfit.com.au' clinics....
  20. Wyzyrd

    Rabbits Suck!

    Just got a "cabbage worms in the greenhouse " msg from my biz partner. Rather than tell him for the nth time that the open vents can't be properly screened, reminded him that the same pepper "mace" spray will repel most harmful insects.
  21. dthomasdigital

    Rabbits Suck!

    That's just a sad thing to read, Hatch grows the good stuff.
  22. DanielSurvivor

    Rabbits Suck!

    Great advice Wyzyrd. I had issues with rabbits too last week and i tried your hacks. No more rabbits since then
  23. DanielSurvivor

    How to make Fire from ICE

    Wow! The guy from the video makes it look so simple. I tried once and i failed. Maybe i will try again
  24. Gary_Gough

    Hi from Australia

    Greetings from Canada. Being able to improvise is great, thinking first. ( Don't just do something, stand there! ) Being here I suspect we all see the value of being prepared at least mentally and probably materially. Still luck is good too 🙂 You can verify with Rick, I've gotten by on luck for a long time.
  25. dthomasdigital

    Hi from Australia

    Glad to have you and Welcome from New Mexico!
  26. Rick

    Hi from Australia

    Welcome to the forum!
  27. Hi guys and girls. My name is Peter, I live near Newcastle in New South Wales in Oz. I am into camping, bushwalking, climbing, motorcycling (road touring and trail riding). I have had a interest in the outdoors and adventure activities for some time. I have always enjoyed being independant and believe in being prepared, having the right equipment, the ability to improvise and to be practised in self-rescue skills. The people here seem to be a diverse lot and I look forward to learning from your range of skills and experience. Cheers Peter
  28. Hi, I live in Auckland New Zealand and thinking to buy butterfly knife. Any one here who shares with me the images and the best way to buy knife.. Share you suggestions.
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