A recent thread, assessing the worth of a PSK, leveled a challenge for those in defense of such a kit, to relate an episode that demonstrated their kit's worth. I recommend that responses to the challenge include two things: 1) a listing of items included in the kit and where/how you carry the kit. 2) Briefly relate the episode that demonstrates the worth of the kit. I'll start: 1) My PSK is older than dirt. It consists of a SAK and Ferro on my keychain, a double length parachute cord bracelet worn on my wrist (long before these were chic), and a short dowel with a few winds of duct tape, flagging tape, and a waxed oil lantern wick. The dowel is slid into a fold of a large bandana which is folded and put in my back pocket. 2) I picked up a new sail from the FedEx office that had been custom made for me for one of my self-made pirogues. I planned to venture out with it the next day after I got home (60 mile drive) so I had the boat strapped to the top of the truck but no gear other than my paddle and life vest. I couldn't wait, so while driving along the parkway I stopped to try out the sail. An unexpected wind storm arose and blew me across the reservoir and rendered me windbound for the night. The temperature (I found out later) dropped to 23F that night. I tied my boat to two trees with the paracord creating a lean-to shelter. I wrapped myself in the sail and wore my life vest over top of it. Made a fire and gathered wood for the night. Found an empty discarded tin can and cut the top off with my SAK so I could boil water in it. Made pine needle tea. Marked my spot on the shore with three strands of flagging tape. Tied my bandana around my head as a babushka. And with a few other tasks completed, I settled in for the night. I actually slept pretty well. And the Reservoir Boat Patrol came and picked me up around noon the next day. It was about a 21 hour ordeal. My biggest danger was the numerous widow makers in the trees around me but I was surrounded by swamp and lake so I just put that in the hands of the Big Guy. I'll always have my PSK with me. Doc.