The Hiking Camping and Wilderness Survival Category

    Cold Weather Injuries

    blizzard survivalWorking in a cold weather environment presents many new challenges as well as more dangers. Understanding and recognizing these dangers may save your life or the life of a family member or comrade.

    Here are some Injuries and Conditions associated with working/living in a cold weather environment.

    Types of Injuries

    Chilblain

    Definition:

    Chilblain is a medical condition that is often confused with frostbite and trench foot. Chilblains are acral ulcers (that is, ulcers affecting the extremities) that occur when a predisposed individual is exposed to cold and humidity. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn can cause redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation. Chilblains are often idiopathic in origin but can be manifestations of serious medical conditions that need to be investigated. Chilblains can be prevented by keeping the feet and hands warm in cold weather. A history of chilblains is suggestive of a connective tissue disease. Full Story>>>

    Maxpedition Vulture-II

    Looking for a good quality 2 – 3 day pack? The Maxpedition Vulture-II might be just what your looking for. When your looking at backpacks, there seems to be small, medium, large and super large.

    Small – good for day hikes and short trips

    Medium – good for day hikes or overnight trips

    Large – good for 3 – 5 day trips Full Story>>>

    The large MOLLE pack

    After about 15 years of using the medium ALICE pack as my primary warm/hot weather backpack, I decided it was time for a change. So I got on Ebay and after looking through some of the listings, I decided to go with the large MOLLE pack with internal sleep system carrier. There are 2 versions… Full Story>>>

    Thoughts on the large MOLLE pack

    After about 15 years of using the medium ALICE pack as my primary warm/hot weather backpack, I decided it was time for a change. So I got on Ebay and after looking through some of the listings, I decided to go with the large MOLLE pack with internal sleep system carrier.

    There are 2 versions of this pack on the market – one where the main pack is separate from the sleep system carrier. And the one like what I bought, which is just one large pack.

    First Impressions:
    Its more slimlineed then the large ALICE
    Its easier to get into then the medium ALICE
    It has more webbing then the large ALICE
    The map case is larger then either the medium or large ALICE
    The map case has a mesh bottom, so its easier to see the contents
    The internal sleep system carrier has a zipper for easy access – lets talk about that just for a minute.

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    Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger Review

    The Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger is unlike a lot of other backpacks, as it only has one shoulder strap. Its designed so that the user can disconnect an under-the-arm strap, and then spin the pack so that its in front of them. Thus, making the pack easy to access without having to dismount it.

    Maxpedition makes 2 packs in its gearslinger series – the Sitka and the Kodiak. In this article we are going to be looking at the Kodiak.

    The single shoulder strap supports the weight of the pack, while the under the strap helps to keep the pack in place.

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    Internal vs external frame backpacks

    Internal frame VS external frame backpacks, ask a group of backpackers which one they prefer and your sure to get a variety of answers. The truth is, asking about internal and external frame packs is like asking about:

    chevy or ford
    dodge or toyota
    apples or oranges
    iron man or spider man

    This article is based on my personal opinion, established through years of hiking, backpacking and camping. Full Story>>>

    ALICE, MOLLE II or Maxpedition backpack for a 2 day trip

    The other day I received a question asking which one would make a good 2 day pack – MOLLE II Rifleman pack, ALICE pack, MOLLE II pack, or something from Maxpedition. In my opinion, there is no clear cut answer. The large ALICE packs are big, but their too “fat” – meaning they extend off my back too much and make me lean forward to balance the load. For this discussion, lets just talk about the medium ALICE pack, 3,000 cubic inch MOLLE II with external sleep system, the Maxpedition Vulture-II and the Maxpedition Full Story>>>

    What is your survival gear fetish

    To some survivalist, collecting gear is like collecting stamps, or collecting coins – we can always find a way to justify buying something new. For some people its boots, backpacks, a compass, hats, gloves, sleeping bags,,,, you get the picture.

    I guess my gear fetish is backpacks, I just like having the right pack for the job. Whether its a day hike, over night camping trip, 8 mile hike in 100 degree heat,,, its nice to have the right pack to carry the gear. Full Story>>>

    Getting the maxpedition vulture II ready for a camping trip

    The other weekend I took some time to get my maxpedition vulture II ready for a camping trip. Over the next few months, my family and I have a couple of camping trips planned. One is supposed to be next weekend, on March 13 to Dam B in Jasper, Texas. There is supposed to be another camping trip on the river, and another camping trip along the Sabine River sometime this summer.

    Regardless of where your going on a camping trip, its best to be prepared. On my camping trips, I like to be comfortable, that might include bringing a hammock and a tri-pod stool, or even both. That way I can get off the ground for a little while and relax. Full Story>>>

    Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II

    When looking for a daypack, or lightweight pack for an overnight trip, there are 2 packs that should be seriously considered – and that is the Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II. This is not about which pack is the better between the two, but which one will suite your needs the best.

    Each pack has something different to offer. So lets do an overview of each pack, look at what they have to offer, then compare tht to what the needs are.

    Lets start out with a basic overview of the Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II

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