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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby Ikan Mas » Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:13 pm

Small flint and steel set. Starts the old Simmerlight way better than a match or lighter. Never runs out.



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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby artrock23 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:21 pm

Small package of nylon cord. In a pinch, it can be used for guying-out a tent in wind, hanging food in a tree, erecting a waterproof shelter to cook under, and countless other things.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby calipidder » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:38 pm

NiteIze gear ties

I use them to lash my trekking poles, tie my headlamp up in my tent, hang my solar charger from my pack, etc etc etc. They also serve dual purpose: at home they keep all my cables neatly organized!

Also, a buff. Or buff-like tubular bandana. I wrote about all the uses here and found another good one here.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby cloudlesssky » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:14 am

This last trip I added two items:

1) Gerber LST knife (0.6 oz! $12) - replaced a much heavier knife;
2) an extra SPF20 chapstick ($1) to tuck into my bear canister

I realized the prior trip that if I lost my chapstick I'd be a very unhappy camper. The dry environment at higher elevations really makes this an important item. Chapped lips are nearly as annoying as blisters in my book. And sunburned lips are really a bummer.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby longri » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:53 pm

cloudlesssky wrote:2) an extra SPF20 chapstick ($1) to tuck into my bear canister

There's a theory that if you use chapstick you'll need to use it and if you stop using it you'll adapt and will no longer need it. I don't believe this. But I have found that on spring ski tours my lips burn despite using chapstick and the rest of the year they almost never burn even without using any. I'm not sure what that means except that outside of spring skiing I rarely carry it.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby bluefintu » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:28 pm

Water bucket, 1/8"x 50' rope and 10-12 safety pins to wash and hang clothes. Also what everyone else said, except for the gold. I may take my gold pans for future trips.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby KathyW » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:11 am

A number of years ago I found a pair of inexpensive lightweight gloves at my local running gear store. They were sold under the Asics brand and I wore them scrambling all over the place without getting holes in the fingers. Before I found these gloves I was wearing out gloves really fast (I don't like the gloves without fingers because they don't keep my hands warm enough). In cold weather I sometimes use them as liner gloves. I lost the gloves before they wore out. I went back to buy another pair or two only to find out Asics does not sell them anymore. I bought their new lightweight glove and holes in the fingers within a couple of trips where I used my hands. I searched and searched online until I found gloves that looked just like them at Performance Bicycle. I ordered two pairs and they seem to be the same gloves with the dots on the palms that used to be sold under the Ascis brand. Here they are: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pr ... 1___000000

So far, out in the field there seems to be no difference between these gloves and the Asics gloves except for the Performance logo.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby SolitaryRefinement » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:42 am

Zip-Locks from here to eternity. Hold everything from things I like, to things I don't like.
Foil is also awesome, as are handi-wipes, bic lighters, and trash bags.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby hwy395lvrz » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:14 pm

a featherweight plastic trowel for digging uh...catholes,burying fish guts,cleaning out a fire ring,etc.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby dave54 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:30 pm

artrock23 wrote:Small package of nylon cord. In a pinch, it can be used for guying-out a tent in wind, hanging food in a tree, erecting a waterproof shelter to cook under, and countless other things.


Remove the innards and use the nylon shell as a boot lace. The innards can be used as thread.

I also carry a few safety pins fastened to an inside pocket.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby longri » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:53 pm

A dead cat.

It can be used for food, fuel, insulation, a chockstone to stuff in cracks for hanging a food sack, a pillow, a source for string, a conversation starter, grease for the fry pan, a dead "man" for staking the tent in snow and a counterbalance when bear bagging.

I always carry one.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby rlown » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:13 pm

longri wrote:A dead cat.

It can be used for food, fuel, insulation, a chockstone to stuff in cracks for hanging a food sack, a pillow, a source for string, a conversation starter, grease for the fry pan, a dead "man" for staking the tent in snow and a counterbalance when bear bagging.

I always carry one.


You're here to make friends, obviously.
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