hey amy how ya doing babe? doing good here, in reply to your email about
gear heres some pics of the main gear at hand rite now but this is not all
we have.i only took the most important gear and to tell you about it all.our
communication equipment like 2 ways,weather bands,cbs,cell phones etc are
all mounted in my blazer.my blazer is basicaly equiped to communicate by
radio,phone,or emergency band if in an emergency. but heres a lill info on
the gear that i took pics of.
first photo shows our winter/water suits (hazmat suits) they are made for
usa army but have vortex material that will keep water or any hazardous
chemicals out.they are light weigh and nice for any weather.we use them for
caves,wet climates etc. the suits come with as shown the hard helmet,gas
mask with filters,and head poncho.with the complete suit and boots even
biological attacks can keep u safe. we currently have 3 of these complete
suits.with extra masks and filters they are good for cave digging, incase
you get exposed to hazards like coal fumes or oil.they can be configured
with other equipment like oxygen tanks,scuba,plus our equipment packs.
the next photo shows a close up of the gas masks we use which have
changable face shields,lenses,water bladder hose,filters etc. again usa army
the next photo shows my field vest and if ya look close enough theres
things hanging off it.these are my everyday exploring
tools,knife,flashlight,binucolurs,etc. i keep this vest loaded an in my
blazer all the time, when something comes up at a second times notice the
gears rite there.
the next photo shows our explorer wind breaker jacket with our company
name on them. they are water proof and have a large pocket in the front for
the next photo shows my first aid bag which includes everything we would
need to either stay in the woods for a few weeks, or to bring a critical
person to stable conditions for medical evac.
the next two photos show my photo bag which includes reg 35mm film
camera,digital cam which i was using so didn;t get a shot of it , and the
vhs video camera.all cables and things needed for are with the bag.we can se
all the cams on the field at anytime.my vehicle is equiped to recharge all
the cams at anytime.so we can recharge all the cams when we are in route to
the next photo shows our rechargeable spotlight.with bag and cables.this
is super bright can be used for resque missions if need be, no cords needed
to operate it. again we can recharge this in my blazer is well. my blazer is
equiped with 4 12volt plugs and 1 120volt standard home electrical at 200
the next photo is of our tree climbing spikes, when we need to get up a
tree or can be used to mount to cracks in rocks or hills. they fold and have
a screw threaded arm which you screw in a tree or rock, and as you climb up
you put another one in.
but that is all i got photos of rite now. we have metal framed packs
which al lthe gear i told you about including there bags can mount or be
strapped to our packs. so if need be we can have all our gear with us
without a problem.now we usualy never take that much gear with us.thats why
we plan and practice all the time. we learn what gear will be needed and
not. the key with gear is this. take only what you need, if nature can
supply the rest then use it. for an example light,heat,stove can all be used
from natures fire.food an water cna be from the nature. shelter and weapons
can be too. my way of traveling with gear is this. take only survival gear.
if you look at my field vest it doesn't have much on it and weighs maybe 15
lbs total. and i hike 5 miles plus a day with that and never needed anything
else. you have to train yourself on how to use nature before u use gear.
this makes things better incase u ever get stranded out there.however if
your palnning to travel more than 10miles or spend more than a few hrs in
the woods you should take a full gear pack.cus chances are your gonna need
it all.if you probaly figure the gear u need and buy the products made for
this yo ucna get it all in your pack and it won't weigh much. however an
explorer should be able to comfortably carry a 50lb pack on there back and
get around easy with it. depends on you strap and mount things.equal
ballancing of the gear is the trick.my complete gear bag will have a wet
suit like i showed ya,tent,sleeping bag,survival gear,first aid kit,and my
extra needs like books,food,water,meds, wutever. and it usualy weighs about
30 lbs and its not rough at all with it all.but when i day hike i usualy
only take my vest if that.i usualy just take a survival knife and my camera
and thats all and i will hike for a few miles before turning back. thats
what i call barehand exploring i try not to take stuff with me that i don't
intend to use. if something happens i will use nature to get me through.
now for all you readers heres some tips i found that works nice for gear
get vest or a gear pack. and mount cloth loops on it on the back and
front.use these loops for mounting extra gear on it. then take either rings
or carabeaners to mount the gear.if your gear needs any loops or hooks then
mount them on it.my knifes,flashlights,and cams all can be connected to my
vest or gear bags. its fast accessable when you need it by a click of the
carabeaner and its in your hand. and i have never lost any gear yet.infact
the other day i hiked about 5 miles near my house and went atop this
mountain and went through brush, and i droped my cell phone twice and it was
a cell phone mount.my gear was all connected to carabeaners and none of it
came un-latched.if your afraid it will tie it off with small grade rope.when
i hike i do not carry gear to protect myself from wildlife or other
humans.chances of running it that trouble is next to none. so i worry more
about survival gear of having to stay in the woods for a few days do to
weather,or an injury that keeps me from moving.however i never carry
firearms, a simple survival knife is all i use.people like us always
practice things using nature.so after awhile we tend to rely on nature more
than our gear.this won't just give you a smarter knowledge on what to do or
use, but will make you feel more better and easier to cope with things in an
emergency.you get a sense to know and trust nature as if it was living
thing.and yes it is a living thing.if you listen nature does talk and answer
you.but this all for now i will continue to update this on the explorers
yahoo group blog, so if anyone doesn;t get these photos or wants more info
sign up to the explorer yahoo group.
they will be posted there.
>From: "amy" <amy_smith900@...>
>Subject: [pennsylvania_explorers_poc] back packing and gear
>Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:17:01 -0000
>Hey I was wondering how much gear you carry on you when you explore
>and the types of gear is used.How much does all this gear weigh up to?
>Also can you upload some photos of the gear if you can?