Originally Posted by mcseal2
I have a Steripen, not the new adventure model but the bigger one. I've actually never used it in the field, it is in my truck emergency kit because I have a 12V battery charger in there for AAA-D cells, and some spare batteries. At 6.4oz it is lighter than the Katadyn, I'm just not sure I trust it quite as much. Have you used one?
Also good to know on the quick clot. It will be a last resort if gauze and vet-wrap aren't enough and I don't think we can get to help fast enough. Thanks for the tips.
I think we are getting a couple of the Garmin Rhino's. I have been around hunters whose radios are squauking non-stop, which really irritates me. If you can't handle silence or being alone the mountains are no place for you in my opinion. For an emergency, getting help with a down animal, or such reasons they could be a lifesaver. Having all that in one unit is great, I can pack extra batteries for the weight I save not carrying all 3.
On batts, consider the Energizer Lithium AA' or AAA's. Much lighter, last much longer, work much better than alkaline in cold weather and have a 15 yr shelf life as I recall. Costco has 'em now and their price is pretty hard to beat. Edit: Oh, and I try to work it so that most things that require batts use AA's--headlamp, gps, etc. Nice to pack just one kind of battery.
Edit: BTW, this is my favorite headlamp at the moment: http://www.princetontec.com/index.php?q=apex
At work we use a clotting product called Celox. Apparently it has met with success in Iraq and Afganistan with the military and it is showing up alot more stateside--kinda what I heard anyway. I've used it several times on patients and it works well with no 'burning'--I'd be pretty leary of that and the potential long term effects. Do I carry any with me? No. If I need a serious bandage, my spare clothing I have with me will become the bandage or I'll make a splint out of the aluminum backpack stay (internal frame pack), etc. My point is there's alot that you aleady have with you that you can use for emergency situations and you simply cannot be prepared for them all. Only patients I've had that needed Celox were folks on blood thinners or those who had been drinking alot, which thins the blood as well.
Years ago I used an ice picket (crevasse rescue anchor) to splint a guys apparently broken arm at the bottom of a crevasse who'd made a stupid move and glissaded right into a 60' crevasse. I went down to rig him for hauling out of the crevasse as the only EMT on scene. (He wasn't in our climbing party but we were the first party on scene coming down the mountain that actually had the gear and know how to get the guy out). There's usually a way to make do and you can't carry everything...be nice too, but it's just not practical.
My gut defaults to a good water filter or filter/purifier. A filter filters and that's it...it does not purify. I've been fine with the old standby MSR Miniworks filter for quite a while, using it several times a year. Some of these units, put a chemical into the water as they filter to kill anything else left...that's the purifier part. Wouldn't hurt, but where I typically go, I don't feel the need. If I was routinely filtering water out of some pretty questionable water sources, I might get the combo filter/purifier units.
Eating utensils: REI Campware Spork at REI.com
I typically just go with this one item. Virtually unbreakable, cheap and light. I've got an expensive set of titunium silverware for when I go sea kayaking with my wife so she feels like we're not roughing it so much, but metal conducts heat quickly and if you leave it in your hot soup or hot chocolate too long (like i do to let the food cool off) and go to reach for it or put it on your tongue--ouch. Just me. I don't like the spork with a spook on one end and a fork on the other. Just me, switching from one end to the other you get the food you didn't lick off onto your hand and your (likely dirty) hands all over what is going back in your mouth next time you switch ends on the spork.
If you get a Rhino, look at getting the 130 or higher, but with caveat. I've got the 120, my brother has the 130 and I've previously onwed the 110 and my father in law has the new 500 series versions, so I've played with them all. JMHO, but I'd go for the 130. Here's why--it has all the great features of the 120 plus wx (weather) channels and barometer and altimeter. I've found it's barometer to have nearly exactly the same reading as the one as I use for entering station pressure into Exbal for lr shooting. Weather channel can be a very good thing to have with you as well. It takes 3 AA's batts, so you can pack as many AA's with you as you like. I don't come close to even going through 1 set with the hunting I do all year. I don't like using GPS and avoid it if possible, so I don't use it much and batts last a long time, but it is helpful. The 500 series is color and has an expensive proprietary li-ion batt that you have to plug into something to charge. If I have to plug in something to charge it, I don't consider it very wilderness friendly. If I can change out AA's, that's much more wilderness friendly. Yes, the 500 series can use an AA pack, but last I looked, that pack was not rated as watertight, so you've lost that very important aspect of reliability. Sure the 130 is black and white, but that means it takes alot less energy. Sure you can't get the latest whiz bang 1:24000 USGS 7.5 minute series maps put on it, but you know what?...I've been using the relatively cheap Garmin TOPO USA 1: 100K software for year and have rarely been left wanting. I pack a 7.5 min laminiated paper map with me anyway. The GPS is alos essentially a compass and my watch has a compass as well.
Sorry...too much typing.
You might include a 1 oz. bottle of that alcohol hand soap stuff...may go along way to keeping you healthy on a trip after nature calls, etc. Is that on your list? May have missed it.
Again, this is just some of the stuff that I've found that works. There's lots of other ideas out there.