- May 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm #3402871
Emylene VanderVeldenBPL Member
I personally use my compass most often in first aid checking for the creepy crawlies and removing ticks. I’m also fully aware it makes a signalling mirror and it’s a fully featured compass if I get lost.
I also use the most obnoxiously coloured duct tape I can find for my first aid/repairs because it’s more visible than the original. I also discovered duct tape makes fantastic fire starter, it burns long and hot and seems to catch tinder well.
Anyone else have greatMay 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm #3402873
Emylene VanderVeldenBPL Member
Minor fat finger glitch….
anyone else have multi use fixes in the ten essentials that make them prouder of themselves than a pig in mud?May 16, 2016 at 10:38 pm #3402915May 16, 2016 at 11:01 pm #3402922
@rosyfinchLocale: the mountains
Multipurpose sounds good here on the internet. But sometimes not so good out in the real world… like when I need the trekking poles that are holding up my tent for… er, well, trekking… aka a day hike from my camp. As for a sighting compass: 1) I never take or need a mirror… for signaling (PLB, sat beacon much better)… or for surgery… 2) I really don’t need a compass… especially a heavy one like a sighting compass. But, hey, it does all those thing so why not take it???
Or a poncho… hey dual purpose… pack cover and rain gear…. BUT… what happens when I want to drop my pack and have it covered from the rain and I still want to walk around in my rain gear???
A lot of this dual purpose sound cleaver and cool, but can be frustrating
billyMay 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm #3405067
Brandon =ÞBPL Member
“I personally use my compass most often in first aid checking for the creepy crawlies and removing ticks. I’m also fully aware it makes a signalling mirror and it’s a fully featured compass if I get lost.”
I drag my sighting mirror compass (69g) around, really just to see how ruggedly handsome I am. As where I tend to go, the geology is so ridiculously identifiable, it’s just a solid extra ounce of pointless. In 10 years, I think I’ve got crucial use out of the sighting mirror on two trips and I won’t be visiting those places again. Damn, I just talked myself out of carrying it… I’m gonna miss seeing my pretty face in the mornings.
Speaking of multi-use failures. Recently tried using my buff as a pillowcase and it has sucked, I wake up at night with everything spilled out the sides. Maybe some little bits of cord using a Blake’s hitch to cinch the ends closed.May 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm #3405078
Bob MoulderBPL Member
@bobmny10562Locale: Westchester County, NY
like when I need the trekking poles that are holding up my tent for… er, well, trekking…
I had that exact scenario when doing winter trips in the Adirondacks and using my Duomid as my shelter. It was very easy to find a stick to hold it up during the day while I was gone. But I switched back to the poles when I got back to camp because I use the inverted V arrangement when I’m actually occupying it. Granted, it might not be so easy with other shelters.
We’re had these “multipurpose items” discussions before and it seems that very few novel applications come to light.
I love compasses and have a bunch of them, including a couple of mirror sighting compasses, but normally just take a small one with a face slightly larger than a quarter. Good enough most places in the East, one exception being above treeline in the winter Whites where I’ve done some by-gawd navigation a few times in total whiteouts and dense fog. But then you can’t use a mirror anyway; however, the larger dial and more stable needle and adjustable declination make it easier to follow a blind bearing.May 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm #3405092
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
the larger dial and more stable needle and adjustable declination make it easier to follow a blind bearing.
So UTTERLY true.
CheersJun 20, 2017 at 6:59 am #3474179
Frances SBPL Member
@sfranceyLocale: midwest US - but moving to eastern europe!
I don’t use pads, but on a recent trip with a friend, we discovered that menstrual pads make GREAT fire starter. Much better than my go-to clif bar wrappers. (I know not one of the ten essentials, but for some women who don’t want to go with a menstrual cup or tampons, pretty essential to not drip blood all over the trail).
Tampons are pretty great fire starter too!
A clean menstrual pad can also be used to do the dishes or as a towel to wipe condensation off your tent.
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