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When One is Two

[WARNING] I am not a Doctor. I am not telling you to do any of the things I mention. I am simply noting my personal rationalizations about why I carry this shit for myself and my family and friends. Take home message: Don't do anything I talk about, ever. I have had more orthopedic surgeries than anyone I know... But I'm still here and I'm in a sharing mood. No, I'm not going to talk about math. I am hoping to discuss some of the gear I carry and its uses. Specifically I intend on talking about some of the nontraditional uses for the gear in my med kit. If you want to learn how to use a med kit take...

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Finding your way

I wish I had a... Compass. The answer is a compass. The thing is you better know how to use it too! A compass is a valuable piece of gear that could get you out of a lot of trouble. My favorite style is the Suunto mirrored type like this: One I always have. It's cheap, reliable, accurate for my requirements, and not bulky or heavy. This one is made for the Northern Hemisphere so make sure that if you're traveling south you get one that works where you intend to go. They do make global ones but they're a little more expensive. If you travel a ton it might be worth the extra few bucks, otherwise just get a few...

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Oh snap

Somewhere someone said that life is a condition with a grave prognosis. That doesn't mean I'm in a hurry though. I want to live it to its fullest and often times that involves ropes. Too assure I don't get to the ground faster than I would like I use a few knots. Many times people ask what my favorite knots are and I typically reply "strong ones" and get blank stares. Why the blank stare? I think many folks don't understand that any time you put a knot, bend, fold, kink, angle in a rope it weakens its maximum breaking strength. For you booger eaters this means that when you tie a knot in a rope it breaks easier. The thing is...

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One reminder, Two stories, Three rules, and a knot.

One reminder: When hiking or climbing the summit, although exciting, is only the halfway mark.  Plan better my friends. After reading this article, I started to think about another story that was shared with me this winter. The story is about an Arizona mishap, where a woman did a lot of things and survived; she is likely still alive not because of what she did, but rather what her partner did. This story is worth the read. Then I thought, hey maybe its time to avoid Arizona, that state is a magnet for bad juju (consider that a bonus reminder). Which leads me to three rules; which you may know from GORUCK and Navigator.   1. Always look cool 2. Never get lost 3. If you get lost, look cool...

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Nav skills on AMC

First, let me point out that it took a Zombie apocalypse to get me to write something. Anyway, lastnight while watching The Walking Dead something amazing happened; they had a GORUCK Navigator moment. At GORUCK Navigator we teach a variety of survival, navigation, and field skills. Among the useful skills taught at these courses are some practical and helpful knots. One of the cool knots selected to be a part of this exclusive list is the alpine butterfly. Often overlooked, this is a very useful knot to tie a fixed secure loop in the middle of a line. The loop can be used as a tie in or as a way to isolate damaged sections of a rope in the event that you don’t...

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