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Whatsit
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02/24/2017 01:06PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Hi all.
Do any of you keep items in your pfd when you go on a solo trip? If so what kinds of things
Thanks
Mike
 
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IceColdGold
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02/24/2017 01:39PM  
I have seen a few threads on this. Search for 'ditch kit' maybe. Basically, if you go over and cannot swim you boat and gear to shore, you have a few items to survive and get dried out, so fire starter, emergency blanket, that kind of stuff.

I do not have one, but am thinking about it especially going solo.
 
02/24/2017 01:58PM  
I carry a ditch kit since I went to AK.
Gotta quit deleting my pics after the summer paddling season (cause its in Ak) but it fits in an extra large shaving kit bag that has a couple zippered compartments and pouches inside.
In it I carry, first aid kit, fire starter, emergency blanket, blaze orange heavy duty garbage bag, very small wood saw. (Ect) I'm guessing it all weighs around 2+ pounds.
This kit is strapped to the back of my PFD.
My bear spray and SPOT are always strapped to my person for quicker access.
 
02/24/2017 02:34PM  
I bought a PFD with pockets specifically for the reason of carrying emergency items like mentioned.
 
Whatsit
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02/24/2017 03:11PM  
I just bought a pfd with nice pockets for this reason. Wetcanoedog on here has a great YouTube video of what he carries. Just was wondering what you all carry. Thanks to those that answered
Mike
 
02/24/2017 03:53PM  
Lighter, fire steel, test tube with vasolined cotton balls, reflective space blanket, cheap blaze orange poncho, small length of paracord, sawyer mini, folding plastic water bottle.......all fit in my front 2 pockets on my pfd. Knife and multitool are on my belt and compass is clipped to my pfd.
 
02/24/2017 04:41PM  
Mine has whistle and lock back folding escape knife. Also an Altoid tin with a few small items such as a mini lighter, fire starter, mini flashlight, and hard candy. A ditch kit is only good if you have it on you in the pocket of your pfd.
 
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02/24/2017 06:18PM  
quote Bannock: "Mine has whistle and lock back folding escape knife. Also an Altoid tin with a few small items such as a mini lighter, fire starter, mini flashlight, and hard candy. A ditch kit is only good if you have it on you in the pocket of your pfd."

Yep. Similar, including Altoid tin. No candy. I have a signal mirror tucked into the Altoid tin.

Dave
 
02/24/2017 10:20PM  
Here is Wetcanoedog's Youtube video mentioned above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuFhM2z_1zM
 
02/25/2017 08:04AM  


Old PFD setup I wore, Kokatat Se02 hibrid. Camera, spare inflation cartridge, compas, whistle, idiot strings, in pockets. ACR PLB, Gerber Multitool, on side straps, firstaid/ditch kit pinned to the back.

All except the camera/CO2 refill, now ride on a Astral YTV.


butthead
 
muddyfeet
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02/25/2017 12:54PM  
I keep a bottle opener and can coozie in mine... but that's not for BW trips.
 
wetcanoedog
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02/25/2017 03:07PM  
i'm still very angry that my PFD/ditch kit was taken out of my camp on Lake Pauness .
someone in a solo boat and a double paddle was moving fast to the LIS when I first saw them.going up to the fire place later I saw my PFD was gone and I had seen it there in the morning when I used the fire grate.i had a big shelter up and a tent plus my canoe was pulled up on the shore. a clothes line with a sleeping bag was also up so whoever took my PFD and paddled off in a hurry knew what they were doing.
there was $50+ worth of gear in the pockets,good thing I kept my PLB in my day bag or that would have gone to the loss of several hundred bucks.
i'll be watching for it this summer on the canoe path,whoever has it they should leave it home.
 
02/25/2017 03:11PM  
Yes. I figure if I go over it maybe all I'll have in an emergency. I have:

PLB
Whistle
Fixed Blade Knife
Fire Steel
Cotten ball Vasssoline fire starters that are vacuumed sealed
Compass
Emergency foil blanket
Small AAA Pen flashlight
Mini First Aid Kit
Small Gerber multi tool/knife
10 ft of 3mm cord

There maybe a couple other items, but that's most of it.
 
Whatsit
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02/25/2017 09:41PM  
quote wetcanoedog: "i'm still very angry that my PFD/ditch kit was taken out of my camp on Lake Pauness .
someone in a solo boat and a double paddle was moving fast to the LIS when I first saw them.going up to the fire place later I saw my PFD was gone and I had seen it there in the morning when I used the fire grate.i had a big shelter up and a tent plus my canoe was pulled up on the shore. a clothes line with a sleeping bag was also up so whoever took my PFD and paddled off in a hurry knew what they were doing.
there was $50+ worth of gear in the pockets,good thing I kept my PLB in my day bag or that would have gone to the loss of several hundred bucks.
i'll be watching for it this summer on the canoe path,whoever has it they should leave it home."

Oh man! That's terrible. I'm very sorry this happened. Did you ever figure out why you couldn't get your last video to upload on the computer?
Mike
 
Whatsit
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02/25/2017 09:43PM  
Can I ask a stupid question? What's a PLB?
Mike
 
02/25/2017 09:56PM  
quote Whatsit: "Can I ask a stupid question? What's a PLB?
Mike"


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hobbydog
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02/25/2017 10:07PM  
Mine has TP and not much else.
 
wetcanoedog
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02/26/2017 01:01PM  
Mike..still no luck making movies that download.my Panasonic LX7 was working great !
I have a small Cannon video camera that I was using but it does not have the same high quality movies as the LX7..i'll keep trying.
 
Whatsit
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02/26/2017 02:34PM  
quote wetcanoedog: "Mike..still no luck making movies that download.my Panasonic LX7 was working great !
I have a small Cannon video camera that I was using but it does not have the same high quality movies as the LX7..i'll keep trying."

Let me know if I can do anything to help
Mike
 
02/26/2017 03:40PM  
WCD, Dave if you have a OneDrive, Storage only
OneDrive Basic 5 GB. You can upload a large file and post a link for viewing.
my link to Q trip rapids a 19,429 kb Windows Audio/Video file.
much longer video at 908,653 kb MP4 video

I have had much better results than photo/video hosting sites. Far as security the only files I put in cloud storage are intended for sharing.

butthead

PS; Pardon the language of off video folks, picked up better than I thought. bh
 
02/26/2017 07:40PM  
Mike,

Like others, I carry a variety of things in my PFD, shirt, or pants pockets:

Bandana, chapstick, sunscreen, bug juice/headnet, camera, lunch/snacks, TP, hand sanitizer, whistle, compass, knife.

Small roll-up water bottle and back-up water purification tablets, bandaids, survival bag, firesteel, wetfire tinder, chemical heat packs, and PLB.

It's still a work in progress. I'll have to add nitroglycerine (will have to keep waterproof, too) this year and I'm considering another option since the stuff in the PFD isn't with me at all times on the portages. If that doesn't sound like a problem, read "Lost in the Wild", by Cary Griffith. At a minimum, the nitro has to be with me at all times, not the other end of the portage.

I had a situation last fall (not life-threatening) that I had never considered. I had to repair the pack I was carrying. Fortunately, it was the one with repair kit in it and not the one at the end of the portage. It was still in the bottom of the pack I was carrying though. ;)

Maybe I can find a lightweight multi-pocket nylon vest (clothing, not life vest), or a belt pack. I've always liked not having the extra item to fool with though.
 
Whatsit
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02/27/2017 09:11AM  
quote boonie "Maybe I can find a lightweight multi-pocket nylon vest (clothing, not life vest), or a belt pack. I've always liked not having the extra item to fool with though."
You can find some really nice and cheap used vests on eBay
Mike
 
02/28/2017 11:44AM  
I bought my Stolquist Trekker from ebay, way cheaper than new, new over a hundred dollars.
 
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