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Re: Backcountry MacGyver / MacGinna

Postby oldranger » Thu May 05, 2016 7:04 pm

To get things straight, I did use mark's light when mine died but I used my own repair materials.


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Re: Backcountry MacGyver / MacGinna

Postby LMBSGV » Thu May 05, 2016 8:51 pm

I always carry a pen with a few yards of duct tape wrapped around it. I unwind what I need from the pen. This has varied from small pieces to repair a tear in my shorts (it worked quite well) and tears in my pack and tent mosquito netting to larger pieces to cover a bandage on a nasty knee scrape and a cut on the bottom of my foot. I consider it as essential as a first aid kit.
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Re: Backcountry MacGyver / MacGinna

Postby dave54 » Fri May 06, 2016 10:16 am

Harder to find, but I prefer duct tape in larger widths than the common 1.5 inch. If you can get 3" all the better.

You do not need to wrap it around anything. Fold a flap back a couple inches and just wrap it on itself.

I sometimes carry some filament tape. Stronger than duct tape but harder to use.
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Re: Backcountry MacGyver / MacGinna

Postby MountainMinstrel » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:53 pm

Last year, while hiking the HST my Brother-in-law broke one of his Carbon fiber hiking poles on day two. I gave him one of my poles as his knees are bad and really needs the poles. Then as we crossed over into Big Arroyo the other CF pole broke and I was without poles. I tried whittling a stick to insert into the CF but it was not strong enough to trust. Then as I was setting up the tent at Junction meadows, I realized that the Easton stakes were a perfect fit. It took two evenings to cut the head off one of those, but that and a bit of duct tape took me over Whitney and out.
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Re: Backcountry MacGyver / MacGinna

Postby Asolthane » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:35 pm

Great stories. Will people write out their kit? Sounds like I should carry needles and tape minimum (plus floss or fishing line).

I haven't had any luck closing a wound with super glue, but have been trying to get the glue that is specifically for that from a surgeon friend.

Is Duct tape REALLY the best thing? There's gotta be something lighter, stronger, better adhesive, no?

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