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Assuming you have no way of safely and reliably leaving the cave to get help, your first priority is not to become a casualty yourself as well. Even if the Guide needs urgent medical attention, it would take an appreciable amount of time for the first members of the cave rescue team to arrive on site and then to locate you and the Guide in the cave, so ...


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I think there are simply not that many uses for nails in emergency situations. Using nails as intended: If you want to build shelter or other wooden constructions you would need a lot of nails - which are heavy. Hammering in nails with a rock is rather annoying - and you're not planning to bring a 500g hammer, are you? In any case, for shelter and tool ...


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If someone is seriously hurt deep in a cave, and only hours away from dying, chances are they are going to die. You have a map, but do you know how to read it? Cave maps don't read like a topo map, because they aren't mapping a planar surface. Caves can be just as much vertical as they are horizontal, with caverns zig-zagging and crossing over and under ...


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Get lucky If you don't know where the exit is, getting out of a cave is a matter of luck. If you have watched T.V. you have seen people using a flame to check for a breeze, but in reality, there is no guarantee that one way or the other will lead to an exit you can use. You might follow the water, but again you have no idea if the water coming in or out ...


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I have no certainty in this answer, so it may be inaccurate. The idea behind FirstNet is that it allows priority for emergency services in times of emergency. In several (relatively) recent disasters such as the attacks on 911 and during hurricane Katrina, regular phone services were overwhelmed by emergency and non-emergency calls, so a dedicated priority ...


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If I was considering nails for my survival kit, I think I would probably upgrade to a hand drill instead. Metal nails are use once and gone, a drill and a knife will make an unlimited supply of holes and wood fasteners. Keep in mind survival is either short term stationary or it is mobile. Anything you have to leave at the last campsite, does not ...


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Case study: Persimmon Pass. We were running a group with 20 kids and 4 adults in Willmore Wilderness in September. The nature of the trails in Willmore: At low elevations they are the remains of what used to be logging roads. Up to timberline, trails are traveled mostly by horse outfitters, and are well worn. In meadows they may scatter in multiple ...


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