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Old 03-05-2012, 05:30 PM
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I agree strongly with the importance of testing absolutely EVERYTHING! There have been a large number of threads, from people having unexpected power or water outages, to folks making their first test run with their BOB. Every single thread was full of important, even critical, lessons learned. Just like this excellant thread.

I remember a thread about a member making his first test run with his BOB. His first trip ended short because of severe blistering. Something he hadn't anticipated. He also had issues with biting insects. His second attempt went much better. Imagine if he had never made that first test run and had to bug out for real. It may have ended fatally.

Yet so many people don't test their gear and theirselves. I think threads like this one are invaluable in trying to wake people up to the huge importance of testing everything before counting on it.