Hanging on to your tools may be critical. Here’s how to rig small items so they don’t get lost.
by Leon Pantenburg
I learned a valuable lesson the hard way a few years back when my wife and I dumped a canoe at the top of a rapids. (Read the story)
Basically, it amount to this: You keep the stuff that is tied down or secured. You lose the stuff that isn’t.
But some small items, such as butane lighters, Chapstick or some survival knives, don’t have a way to attach a lanyard or safety snap. (Here’s how to make a lanyard.)
Here’s an easy way to fix that.
Take an aluminum poptop and attach it to the small item with a piece of bright tape. Then, whenever you use that piece of gear, clip or attach it to a lanyard. Attach the lanyard to your belt, button hole or zipper fob.
Get into this habit and you’ll never drop or lose that critical piece of gear. This is particularly important in areas with a lot of snow, like where I live in Central Oregon.
I frequently am out in areas with several feet of accumulation, and dropping a butane lighter in these areas of deep snow virtually guarantees permanent loss. Even if you can find the lighter again, chances are the cold will disable it for several minutes.
And what about that all-important knife? Drop one in deep snow, and it’s almost guaranteed you won’t see it again. Putting a lanyard on a survival knife is one of the smarter things you can do for winter survival in deep snow.
Either of these situations is a problem if you desperately need to build a warming fire and your hands are numb!
Avoid potential emergencies caused by losing gear by thinking ahead!