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    I was reading Kephart's book on Camping and he talked about the Native American concept of Medicine - and he said that almost everyone he knew had some sort of 'medicine'.

    His was an old cup that he took great pains to find and fit perfectly in his coffee pot. He took it everywhere and people thought it was stupid (no handle) but he would not be caught without it.

    What is the thing you always bring out in the woods with you - your medicine?

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    Either a good hat, a good book, one of my pipes, or a journal...

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    Good post. I'd have to say, oddly enough, My pack. No matter where I go, what gear I take, who I go with. I take the same pack. Different knives, axes, saw etc. Always the same pack. It's like home. Like My car, but for my back. But besides that, my 3 cup pot. That has come basicly everywhere with me as well, but it's about to be replaced
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    sadly i dont have the 1 item anymore.. it was my alice pack.. it was always with me.. either loaded with bush gear or loaded with clothes or other stuff if i was traveling without the frame... so nothing at the moment

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    Eye drops. Most cuts can wait till i get back home or i can use pine pitch. But there i little i can do about some thing in my eye with dirty hands while in the woods.

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    Well, for the past few years I've used one Leki hiking pole. I've got 3 of them exactly alike (don't ask), but I always use the same one. It's not "bushy" at all. It has a shock absorber in it . It's collapsible. I never do. It's not "customized". I've got a pile of carved and blinged staffs in a corner. It won't beat off a hungry bear (it's aluminum). But I did run over it with my truck once. I have no idea why, but I grab that thing everytime I go to the woods. Wish I had a cool quirky thing I take...
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    My Bible. Thats strong medicine
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    Well, for the past few years I've used one Leki hiking pole. I've got 3 of them exactly alike (don't ask), but I always use the same one. It's not "bushy" at all. It has a shock absorber in it . It's collapsible. I never do. It's not "customized". I've got a pile of carved and blinged staffs in a corner. It won't beat off a hungry bear (it's aluminum). But I did run over it with my truck once. I have no idea why, but I grab that thing everytime I go to the woods. Wish I had a cool quirky thing I take...
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    I feel the same, There's something empowering about a walking stick, besides the fact that is practical, don't know where this comes from, but I venture an hypothesis:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sceptre

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    i've got an old dogtag chain with something on it... that's my 'medicine'.

    as far as gear, there's a few specific items i always take: hammock, hiking staff, compass, SAK, and a few others... but they're all replaceable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Mac View Post
    My Bible. Thats strong medicine
    Yep kinda like American Express for the immortal soul.
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