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my teenage self's survival kit

Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by alukban, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. alukban

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    This is the "survival kit" I used when doing dumb stuff in the woods as a teenager - about 13 years old in the early '80's, living in the Bay Area of Cali and playing in the Fort Hunter Ligget area or Lake Tahoe region.

    It is based on this pouch that you can just clip onto your belt or pack strap. I don't even recall which store I bought it from.

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    The knives I pined for back then were the Victorinox Safari and one of the gorgeous fixed blade Bucks... or the Rambo knife, of course :4: What I actually had was one of the Air Force bolt/survival knives.

    I had a cheapo plastic and/or Aluminum GI canteen I used with the rest of the kit contents.

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    Looking at it now, I was heavy into the matches apparently. The "fire bugs" made out of rolled up newspaper and candle wax were straight out the Boys Scout Manual, iirc. The plastic ziploc is my fishing kit. I considered myself a perch, hand jigging expert in those days. The white, round thing is salt. The little glass bottle has 50 iodine tablets for water. The "Pocket Purifier" thing was THE latest gadget at the time and I recall that I simply had to have one. I remember trying it in totally green pond water as a kid. It did not taste good at all - would've rather chewed on the iodine tabs as a candy.

    I had an excellent Silva Ranger compass in there but that was one of the items I used a lot and so that is why it got lost.

    It's funny. This kit is from over 3 decades ago and I am still trying to figure out the same chit... :dblthumb:
     
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  2. IzaWildman

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    I still have mine from the late 50's, early 60's. It was built in a tin "BandAid" box. I had it out a few months ago, I will have to get it out again and post pictures.
     
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    I see you had a survival nail clipper in case you needed an emergency manicure or had a life-threatening hangnail.


    :)


    I'm surprised you still have stuff from when you were that age.
     
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    You definitely ought to! I would luvs to see it :dblthumb:

    Even now, I ALWAYS bring nail clippers out with me camping. The skin above my nails ALWAYS start to peel and curl when I am outside for any length of time. It then gets annoying as it hangs up when I do anything, put my hands in my pocket, gloves, etc. It is one of my pet peeves.
     
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    Mine is long lost but it was in a metal Band-Aid box.
     
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    That's fantastic! Great little trip down memory lane.
     
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    That's great that you still have that looks like a nice kit buddy .. I still have the pouch and a few items from my first kit I had put together somewhere.. Great post !
     
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    That's awesome!
    Did those clippers come with that sheath or did you or someone else make that?
     
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    It had the leather sheath already. If you look closely, there's a maple leaf outline and "Canada" on there. It was a tourist shop trinket :)
     
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    I wouldn't be caught dead backpacking long distances without them...
     
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    Ha.. Right on.. That is awesome !! I've lived in and around the Cali Bay Area my entire life.. I'm sure we've explored some of the same area's, Hunter Ligget included..
     
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    I'm sorry for barging in on your thread, but here's some pictures I took moments ago after reading your post. This is just as I took it out of the closet.

    When's the last time you saw a Band-Aid tin and that for 83 cents. The outside of the tin is wrapped with adhesive tape and duct tape, to be used as needed.

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    First peak inside. Visible from the top, some band-aids, Cutters snakebite kit (I know, I should throw it away), and a small spool of monofilament fishing line.

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    The contents spread out. You have to keep in mind, this thing is 50+ years old, however, some of the items were updated awhile back.

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    The contents of the small plastic box. See the fish hood made of a straight pin and the large canvas sewing needle? Snare wire and magnifying glass above.

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    Bobby pins, split shot, paper clips, flies, small and medium hooks and a sewing needle already threaded with the thread wrapped around the needle. The small vial contains mosquito repellent. One of my favorite items is the gig point made from a large fish hook. There is also a flint sparkler in the small box but I don't know how practical it is.

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    My father helped me put this together when I was a boy. He loved the outdoors. You may have seen the thread I posted some time ago about him.

    A Picture of my Father - Updated - New Pictures
     
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    BOTH kits are awesome. I have absolutely no idea what happened to my kit from back then. I know I had one, but... I keep waiting for my mom to pull it out of the shadows like old trophies and baseball cards in the past.

    Right now I am putting together a kit for my son and I hope he makes a post like this some day 30 years from now, that is my hope. The plan is to teach him how to use one thing at a time, and how to take care of each item as well.
     
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    I remember those snake bite kits #izawildman ! HA HA

    Wandering around Kmart with the fam (after you realize you have no money for the coin operated jawbreaker machine), I always ended up in the Coleman/Coughlan's aisle :)

    Here's some of the crew at Ft. Hunter Ligget where the above kit was used (me = center doof) :4:

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    Here's another pic with my first, improvised bandolier/chest rig - a long zippered pouch worn across the front of my chest :). (Also note the really crappy and useless brown cotton jersey gloves.)

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    Those pictures are great!
     
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    That is cool.

    As an aside, when I took a NOLS WMI course, they highly recommended nail clippers in your kit. Many a backpacker has been laid low by overly long toenails. There are also stories of people trying to trim them with knives, with predictable result.
     
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    That's so awesome that y'all still have those guys, what memories!!!
     
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    I know. I'm just busting his stones. I've been carrying a nail clipper as part of my EDC since I was around 10. (And that was back before EDC was EDC)
     
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    Great kit, and great pix, alukban!
     
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    That's awesome. I'll bet it's one kid in 10,000 that has a survival kit these days. I was running around in the woods a lot at that age too, but was usually wasn't smart enough to bring more than a lighter and pocket knife. You were definitely ahead of the curve with your spiffy pouch. :dblthumb:
     
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    Looks good and it got you out there and back. :35:
     
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    What's with the spark plug gapper in the 3rd pic?
     
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    It's actually a four bladed key chain screw driver from Sears - just one of those things that as a kid was dropped in there.
     
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    Seriously!

    None of the gang I ran around with ever had anyhing as formal as a designated survival kit. With us it was just odds and ends thrown into our pockets. I can't even recall carrying a daypack back then. I didn't get my first daypack until I got to college. Up to that point it was a small duffle bag, aka a "gym bag", because that's where your gym clothes went for school.

    Alukban was a trendsetter even back then.
     
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    My uncle was a marine in the early 70's and I ended up with his web belt and pouches. I still have the belt and pouches. It had the complete first aid pouch, canteen pouch, cup and canteen(with the water treatment pills) and a 30 cal mag pouch. My survival kit was also in a metal bandaid tin which fit perfectly in the 30 cal mag pouch my fishing kit was in a copenhagen can.
     
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    4 Bladed screwdriver from sears - HA, I still use that thing all the time for odd little prying jobs (staples, can lids etc...) / it lives on the pegboard at my work bench

    Alukban
    - addiction to matches back then was the gold standard ! For me it was the days of Ohio Blue Tips
     
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    Awesome kit! I just had stuffed my pockets with that crap as a kid!

    I really like the pouch! It looks very handy! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    yeah it has been almost 20 years since I did any serious camping.... i had kits similar to that at one time.....
     
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    IMG_5059.JPG Ahhh Memories, I guess you could call it a PSK as I didn't know what one was back in the late 50s-early 60s teens when I just pocket carried my BSA match case, Camco pocket knife and my Great grand Dad's Corps of Engineers Brass compass that weighed almost as much as me and was never used but thought it was the thing to carry anyway.
     
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    I still carry one of those.
     
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    I thought I was so cool when I got a space blanket.

    I had a Ziploc bag with some benadryl ( used to get allegy attacks), a bandaid or two, a box of matches and some tootsie rolls.
     
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    After seeing this thread, (which is great, btw, sure brings back my own younger woods bumming memories) I poked around and found a box full of stuff I carried as a kid in the woods. The knife was handmade, a gift to me by my friend and mentor when I was 16. Carried and used it everyday until I just got my Gossman. 20161213_143314.jpg
     
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    Love the Franken-Mag flashlight!
     
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    Cooool!

    What is in the round tin?

    Are those 2 whetstones or 1 stone and a leather strop?
     
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    Great thread! I bet you guys even know what you do with peanuts and a 10c bottle of Coke. Really do appreciate the share and walk down memory lane. Thank you all.
     
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    Fantatsic thread, Alukan great photos.
     
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    In the mid-'80's, my family moved up to NE Canada. My shooting and camping sorta stopped because of the new laws one had to wade through, the friggin' 4 seasons with SNOW, and girls started to take a lot of my attention... "à l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur" and all ;)

    For my 15th birthday in the brand new and frozen north, somehow, against all odds, being one of 8 children in a family with a tight budget, I managed to beg, whine, cajole, annoy, badger and convince my mother enough to write a cheque and buy me my first custom knife. (I was VERY annoying.)

    It was a Timberline Knives (San Juan Mountains, Colorado) "Trout and Bird" model. I got a parkized finish of some sort with the best piece of leather I had the opportunity to own at that time. I distinctly recall seeing an ad for it in the back pages of one of the gun 'zines and desiring it enomously. I also distinctly recall that it cost a small fortune of $150 (S/H extra) in mid-'80's US dollars. Why my mother ever conceded and bought the dumb thing for me, I do not know.

    I used to take this knife out a lot but it is an indoors knife now. We have been using it for the past decade or so as a utility/paring knife in the kitchen. I have never carved wood with it. I use it to open boxes/packages, as a frustration-free steak knife, cutting flower stems, string cutter - you name it.

    The micarta handle is as good as the day I got it over 3 decades ago. The sheath still exhibits its extremely well made luxury - still fitting tight, not dried out, heavy-duty feeling and substantial in hand.

    Here it is :dblthumb:

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    My kid's "survival kit" has a Nintendo 3DS, charger, extra games and his asthma pump!

    We will be doing a 2 night, "father & son" canoe trip in the Adirondaks in the first week of August and I will be picking his brain about what he wants to carry in his updated kit. He does have a blaze orange shoulder bag that he used to carry when I would take him on day hikes. He was too small for a knife then but it had snacks, a space blanket, whistle and stuffed toy.

    I will make sure to update when he gets his new set up.
     
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    Bro, your old kit looks pretty good. There's not much that I ould change, other than updating to more modern items. I'd add a space blanket and a good water purifier like tha Sawyer.

    I spent a bit of time in the Oakland hills and around the Mt. Tamalpias area back in the late 60s. There was a lot of 'wilderness' back then in Golden Gate Park, too.

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    Great thread! Really brings back memories of my youth! Looking back I realize how little I knew and how fortunate I was to never really be tested in a survival situation. The closest I came was falling through ice on my trap line when I was about 12 years old. I was soaked up to my chest in temps well below freezing with a long walk home. My friend and I quickly debated whether to build a fire or get moving. I decided to head home. It was very cold but the activity kept my blood pumping. I remember standing by the wood stove for a long time when I finally got home.
     
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    Looks really good. Up until my early twenties mine consisted of an SAK, a sharpening stone, and a bic lighter.
     
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    What a great thread. I'm in awe of you folks who still have all your gear from years back. Mine I'm afraid, is long gone but I was a pocket stuffer anyway. Keep the pictures coming.
     
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    Not sure how I missed this, but what a great thread!
     
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    I called mine a "pyro box," as its main function was to help me start a fire. It had a piece of lighter pine, a trioxane bar, a paraffin-and-newspaper "fire bug," a roll of string, and maybe a mag bar, all of it was in a yellow BSA FAK box. I figured i often had a pocketknife and a canteen and cup, but i would need the ability to start a fire and string for snares or whatever. Kept that kit around for years. Wish I had pics.
     
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