Tip #29 Two For The Trail - Tips To Save Your Life...or Make It Easier!
Here are a couple of tips sent in by Russell Rudowski up in the Matsu Valley.
Just about everyone has a waterproof wooden matches container in their hunting - fishing gear, or they should have considering the situations you could end up in here in Alaska. Many outdoors folks use the handy 35 mm empty film canisters...or you can buy a fancier manufactured one from just about any sporting goods dealer for a couple of bucks.
By cutting the wooden matches in half, you can get twice as many matches in the container. It's the "business end" that comes in handy when the need arises so the more you carry the more insurance you have.
Another one I just thought of is "camp-size rubber bands."
Take an old inner tube and cut 1" wide pieces across the tube. I've used car, wheelbarrow and motorcycle tubes for an assortment of sizes. They come in handy in a remote camp and I'm talking experience here. One can lash sticks to a bent and broken tent frame quite nicely when the wind attempts to destroy your shelter during a spring caribou hunt over around Iliamna. There's not enough room on my harddrive to write how many times these "rubber bands" have come in handy around camp.
Thanks "butch" for your tips. Its always the simple, little things we seem to overlook, and in Alaska it could make all the difference in the world.
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