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Got a 3 out of 5 rating at amazon. Thermometer and clock battery is not replaceable and gives out after about 1 year. The new model advertises a replaceable battery, but doesn't say whether that is for the LED only like the old model.
Note: Most of the following are one per group items which can be shared.
Personal Locator Beacon:
The Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel is 6 1/2 x 9 x 1" and produces 7 watts under optimal conditions. It charged my old (dumb) cell phone in 2 hrs. from 2-4 PM. It needs to be facing direct sun to get 7 watts, so you can't just strap it to the top of your backpack.
Smaller panels will only give you enough juice to make 1 or 2 calls.
The GoalZero Guide 10 Battery Pack takes 4 AA or AAA batteries which can be charged from the solar panel above or from a electrical outlet. It has a usb connection so you can charge it during the day and plug in your usb phone, cameras during the night.
The SteriPEN uses UV light to kill everything in 90 sec. for 1 liter.
See: Water Purification
The Solo Camping Lighter with Extendable Nozzle allows you to reach inside a camp stove and light it without burning your thumb.
Magnesium is very flamable and burns at 5400° F.
You use your knife to make magnesium shavings off the large piece and put them in a little pile on or by something flammable then generate sparks from the round flint on one side of the block.
I carry a McNett Gear Aid™ Cuts & Bolts Kit ($23-$35) half of which is a first aid kit and the other half repair supplies.
I've added a few things to both sides.
Repair: Eyeglass repair, super glue, ...
First Aid: Blister treatment (2nd skin, Dr. Scholl's, ...), rehydration salts, tweezers, tick puller, ...
Someone else carries a more complete first aid kit.
The Gear Aid Guide Kit ($21-$28) and Gear Aid™ Explorer Kit ($20) are just repair kits and have a better selection of extra buckles, tent parts, ...
I have a Ham license and carry a 3 band handi talkie which will communicate with repeaters amature radio clubs frequently put on mountain tops, it has been modified to communicate with Family Radio Service (FRS) radios.
The personal radios that advertise 10-30 miles may get that in line of sight transmissions (across a lake or mountain to valley) but typically get around a mile or less in the woods. The Motorola Talkabout MR350R advertises 35 miles from mountain to valley, 9 miles over water and 2 miles in urban settings. One user reported 3 miles in the woods and just over 1 mile in a residential development.
I cut off the top of a crutch, drilled a hole and inserted a thread the size of a camera mount, then attached it to a hiking pole with a camera mount on the top.
I'm working on the hardware to also use it as a traction splint for a femur fracture.
I used the Tracks Compact Travel Staff Trekking Pole, because it doesn't have compression adjustments which can slip. I already had it because it folded small for travel and served as a monopod for my camera.
Ball for tossing cord over a tree limb:
I've always been a fan of multi-use tools.|
Bacardi 151 over-proof rum with 75% alcohol can be used for:
- Fuel for your Soda Can alcohol stove.
- Disinfecting wounds *
- A Mountain Mai Tai or Caribou Lou or
- Banana flambe.
* It is not a good idea to pour alcohol directly on a wound unless you have no other choice. See wound treatment.
Note: The Sierra Club does not endorse any of these uses of Bacardi 151.
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