I bought this aluminum shovel, True Temper Brand, from the Truckee Hardware Store. With
a very sturdy blade and handle, (more so than the majority of avalanche specific shovels)
it can be used to chop ice, push with your feet and lever out blocks. Things that break
plastic and the thinner versions of metal shovels.
To make it transportable in a pack, I drilled out the rivet holding the blade to the shovel and replaced it with a removable pin.
Old school mountaineers used metal nails, hobnails, in the leather soles of their boots for
added traction on ice.
Here is a method to do something similar with your running or hiking shoes. You could even
carry this lightweight kit with you into the backcountry for icy trails.
1. Small 1/4″ bit driver. The one shown is mostly plastic and the rest aluminum so
weighs very little. Some multi-tools have this on them as well. A tiny wrench could work.
Chuck one in a drill for quick at home attachments.
2. 1/4″ hex head sheet metal screws. Use the shortest ones you can buy so it won’t go
through the sole to your feet.
Just twist them in. You can remove them for the summer season or when you need to walk
across someone’s hardwood floor.
one with cross chest zipper $45 postage paid
Regular length with room for thick mattresses.
Olive silnylon 30d waterproof fabric on bottom.
Silver grey durable water repellent 30d top.
Noseeum netting at face.
#3 cross zipper with two double sliders.
Line Loc 3 to pull out fabric over face.
Tie out at head and at foot.
74″ wide at chest
88″ total length flat
Weight chest zipper version 7 oz.
Needs the seams bound, serged or heat seared to prevent fraying.
Great price for a roomy light bivysack if you can do a bit of finishing.
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Found a small diamond hone at the hardware store. Took off the plastic on the back
and it makes a very compact and lightweight stone for resharpening a knife.
Weighs just .4 ounces and fits in a wallet.
From our friends at Equipped.org. Extensive article on using tarps to make shelters.
Oral rehydration solution
Tho this solution was developed primarily to treat dehydration
due to disease, it works well for quickly getting fluid into the
blood, faster than plain water when you are depleted by sweating. A home made sports drink.
Where ORS sachets are not available, home-prepared solutions are typically used. While many different recipes exist to increase palatability (e.g. adding flavor, citrus, savory, etc.), all are based on a standard ratio of water, sugar, and salt.
A basic oral rehydration therapy solution is composed of:
30 ml (6 level tsp) of sugar
2.5 ml (1/2 level tsp) of salt, dissolved into
1 litre (4.25 Cups) of clean water
Note that these expedient rehydration mixtures do not replenish potassium, and usage over long term may result in hypokalemia. To obtain some potassium, 125 ml (4 fl oz) of orange juice or some mashed banana can be added to the mixture.
Interesting article on adding more silicone to a silicone coated fabric.
Cat Tarp 1.5 cuben fiber. Center seam photo. Felled seam, then taped.