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Show number 79: A Counting Up Essentials

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Featured Ten Essentials Lists

  • The Mountaineer's list
    The current version of the Mountaineer's 10 Essentials follows what they call a systems approach. The idea is not to prescribe specific items, but to get you to think about the specific capabilities you'll need in a survival situation.
    1. Navigation (map and compass)
    2. Sun protection
    3. Insulation (extra clothing)
    4. Illumination (flashlight or headlamp)
    5. First aid supplies
    6. Fire
    7. Repair kit and tools
    8. Nutrition (extra food)
    9. Hydration (extra water)
    10. Emergency shelter
  • Doug Ritter's list
    As listed in the show.
    1. Navigation: Preferably a mapping GPS, with a spare set of batteries, or a map and compass, and the knowledge on how to use those two together.
    2. Knife: Something that is well made, robust, one-hand opening, a locking blade.
    3. Fire starter and tinder
    4. Water: Container and means of purification.
    5. Whistle
    6. Signal mirror
    7. Duct tape
    8. Emergency shelter: A couple of large garbage bags, or something like Adventure Medical Kits Heat Sheets blanket.
    9. Flashlight or headlamp: LED, lithium battery, with a constant-on switch.
    10. Sunscreen or insect repellent: As appropriate to the environment.
    11. Personal Locator Beacon
  • Amy Racina's lists
    This one is for day hiking.
    1. Small Knife
    2. Whistle, signal mirror
    3. Mylar Space blanket (emergency shelter)
    4. Compass/Map
    5. Flashlight (or headlamp)
    6. First aid kit
    7. Trail bar (extra food)
    8. Waterproof matches, lighter or firestarter
    9. Water bottle (with water) and water purifier
    10. 2 garbage bags (can be emergency rain gear)
    11. Rope (cord)
    12. Duct tape
    This one is for backpacking.
    1. Good, trail-tested, backpack and footwear
    2. Signaling devices (mirror, whistle, PLB)
    3. Navigation devices (compass and map)
    4. First Aid kit
    5. Fire (Stove, fuel, firestarter, matches)
    6. Sleeping Bag
    7. Shelter (5 x 8 sil-nylon tarp, two garbage bags)
    8. Water (Water purification system, extra water, depending on terrain & climate)
    9. Food (and a way to protect it if necessary, bear canister, rope, etc.)
    10. Extra clothing (appropriate to terrain & climate)
    11. Sack of mini-essentials, including knife, headlamp, extra batteries, moleskin, duct tape, sunscreen, bug repellent, rope (cord) dental necessities, skin cream, chapstick, TP, etc.
  • [Steve's 10 Essentials kit]What Steve Sergeant carries
    This is a backup kit, carried in a pocket. Most of these items are duplicated in larger and more functional items he also carries in his pack. For example, waterproof maps, a full-sized compass or GPS, ham radio, extra clothes, larger water bottle, butane lighter, adittional first aid supplies, etc.
    1. Silva Sportsman Tool (whistle, compass, thermometer, lens)
    2. LED light (coin battery, keychain type)
    3. Swiss-army classic knife (knife, scissors, file, tweezers, pick)
    4. Emergency blanket (silver mylar)
    5. Water bottle (Platypus)
    6. Water treatment tablets
    7. Fire-starting kit (wind-proof matches, small candle, wax-soaked cotton balls -or- pieces of Esbit solid stove fuel)
    8. First-aid kit (aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamine, antiseptic pads, antibiotic ointment, assorted adhesive bandage strips, large gauze pad)
    9. Duct tape
    10. Carbohydrate gel pack

Listener-Contributed Ten Essentials Lists

  • Phil Incikaya
    Phil is a boy scout leader in Southern California.

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