Monday, 9 January 2006

Partial kit list

There are a few things I have promised various people I would write about and I think the first of those is a suggested kit list.

The things I have with me vary according to many things, the most obvious of which would be weather. So I’m sure I could waffle on for ages about the things I think are necessary. I don’t have much time at the moment so I will have to come back to this subject in the future but for now I’ll just go over what I consider to be essential.

I have a pair of trousers that I wear when I’m in the woods; they are light cotton and have five pockets – two of them being on the thighs in the style of combat trousers. In these trouser pockets I keep the essential things that I constantly need. In an emergency I have enough on me to keep myself alive. This makes it sound all a bit exciting but realistically in an emergency I could walk a couple of miles to the bus stop and go and check in to a hotel or something. One thing that I have discovered that makes life a lot easier is to always keep the same things in the same pockets, that saves a lot of time.

I carry

Top Right hand pocket – lighter, matches (I never use these anymore but they are useful) candle broken into two pieces (either for light or to help light a fire).

Top left hand pocket – spare pocket – gets used for any random things that I don’t normally carry.

Bottom right hand pocket – gloves and silk balaclava (kept in a zip lock bag). Tinder tin (I have started making my own tinder which is much easier to light than the stuff you can buy in camping shops – instructions to follow).

Bottom left hand pocket – Sheath knife – used for hundreds of purposes from cutting onions to taking the hot lid off the Billy can. Sometimes I keep a small pair of binoculars in here as well, these aren’t strictly speaking a necessity but they can help with navigation.

Back pocket – firesteel it creates a spark to light the tinder. Knife with firesteel attachment, this is primarily a back up in case I loose either the knife or the firesteel, theoretically with a knife and a firesteel it should be possible to survive most things. The knife is very sharp and so is used to slice garlic, part of the blade is serrated and so that gets used to grate nutmeg and thumbs.



Cook sausages until cooked, serve.

Traditional barbeque sausage recipe.

Put sausage over fire until black on outside and pink in the middle, serve with lager before falling into the pool.


steph said...

The more I read your daily comments, the more I want to live in the woods. (I'm not being sarcastic). However, when I say "you're sausages sound delicious!" that is sarcasim.

Penny Munn said...

Sausages are divine charred on the embers of the fire! Try them some time. Especially organic sausages with more meat than breadcrunb inside the skin,

chris S said...

I take my imaginary hat off to you.keep your pecker up, in a few months you will be worrying about how to keep cool of a night!

Candy said...

One silly question...
It's very cold at night and without a tent just how do you keep warm? It must be one hell of a thick sleeping bag!

Keep smiling!

Hugh Sawyer said...

Partly through aclimatisation, I have been out since June so I don't notice the cold as much as people who come and visit. I also have a rather nice Sleepingbag that I got from Ray Mears' site. For the last month or so I have incresingly been using a thermarest mattress, lots of body heat is lost to the ground. It does get cold occasionaly but it is lovely out there.

Candy said...

Must be great to wake in the morning and look straight up at the stars!