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Obviously non-rechargeable lithium batteries are a must in really cold temperatures, but do any rechargeable NiMH AA batteries stand out as better than others when the temperature starts dropping below 15 degrees?

Emergency & Backup Equipment / Rescue me balloon
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:09:30 PM »
A new kickstarter project for a new signalling device has launched.

I'm not sure it is worth carrying if you already have a PLB, but it might be useful as an alternative / complement to flares if you own a boat.

General Discussion / Couple trapped among rhododendron
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:07:05 PM »
Interesting and unexpected story about a couple who got trapped by a rhododendron forest.

This week is very important for EU citizens.  We have the power to make a difference by voting in the EP election.

No matter what you think about the EU, it does affect a majority of laws and regulations on a national level.

Since the UK like Sweden also has national elections this year, many politicians will try to talk about issues that the EU has no jurisdiction over so going only by the debates in the media you will not have the correct picture.

Please visit the parties' websites, check out their main points and then make an informed vote regardless of which party you prefer.

Our children deserve better than us staying at home or making an uninformed vote.

/End rant

General Discussion / Quantum technology navigation research
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:34:54 PM »
Scientists are working on creating alternatives to inertial navigation systems by using quantum technology. It seems like research is in early stages yet, but it will be interesting to follow what happens.

Reviews, Suggestions and Advice / New lightweight stove
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:18:20 PM »
I am a happy user of the Emberlit Ti titanium wood burning stove which packs flat and weighs very little. Today they started a Kickstarter project for a smaller version which also has slots for a Trangia burner called the Emberlit FireAnt.

Kickstarter backers will get the stove at a very good price so if you are looking for a small wood stove, check it out.

I like being able to make small fires to cook some water or food and not leave any traces on the ground. Apart from titanium being light, it is also very fast to cool so when the fire is put out you can pack the stove together within a minute or two.

Maps / Sweden topo maps online
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:53:01 PM »
Since Locus added a link for Norwegian maps online I thought I'd add link to the Swedish Ordinance Survey (Lantmäteriet). Their map service can be found at:


General Discussion / Will this change the way we read?
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:04:51 PM »
Try this out and experience that you can read a lot faster with this method.

Wilderness Survival / New makeshift water filter idea
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:24:32 PM »
I guess most of you have read about making your own filter using sphagnum moss, peat, charcoal and sand. Those of you who have tried making one also know how difficult it can be to make it work properly and it still makes the water taste like a swamp.

Today I read about a filter made of a branch, a plastic tube, a clamp and some epoxy.

By letting the water flow the normal way though the branch 99% of E.coli and other bacteria are filtered out. Sounds like a brilliant idea.

General Discussion / Conversation at the Ukranian border
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:43:36 PM »

"No, no, just visiting."

New Techniques & Learning / Keeping on course in low visibility
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:15:00 PM »
I just remembered a navigation technique we learned during SERE training in the military which I'd like to share.

If you want to keep a straight course when visibility is low, then you can hold a 3-5m long "stick" in one hand. It should not be heavier than you can carry it for a long period, but not too light.

The stick is held horizontally pointing in the direction you want to go. It works as an inertial navigation aid. If you turn, then you can feel it in your hand. If you encounter a bush, then push it straight through. Then you can walk around, pick the stick up and continue.

Wilderness Survival / A lesson about redundancy
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:24:04 PM »
I have often snickered a bit when I've read about having gazillions of different fire starting devices with them. After Yesterday I understand more about the need for more than one extra method.

I usually carry a fire steel strapped to my neck knife and I have a watertight box of storm proof matches in my pack.

Yesterday I took the boys out to enjoy the snow and some bannock,
burgers, bacon and chorizo prepared over open fire. When it was time to light the fire I pulled out the fire steel and I ended up with just the handle because the steel had corroded and snapped at the base.

Luckily enough I didn't lose the steel. But if I had then I had been without fire making capability. I noticed when opening my fire making bag to get tinder that the striker was missing from the bottom of the matchbox.

Lesson learned. An extra striker will be included in my fire bag from now on. I'm not quite ready to add a lighter to it yet.

Great day with great weather (sun and -5 degs). Hopefully next weekend will bring the same weather, but a little more snow and thicker ice so the skis and skates can be used. (The ice did not hold my weight yesterday)

Best Places to Buy / Suunto MC-2 Global
« on: January 04, 2014, 03:09:25 PM »
Amazon UK are currently offering the Suunto MC-2 Global for around £41 with free shipping. A great deal compared to £75 including shipping that it costs here in Sweden.

New Member Introductions / Hello from Stockholm, Sweden
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:50:28 PM »
Hi All!

I found this forum after buying Lyle's book which I bought in preparation for a longer hike in the Swedish mountains next year.

I've done my fair share of plotting information on maps in the army and I have used maps when walking about in the woods, but that isn't really the same as having to navigate in the mountains in bad weather. The book has given me useful tips such as the brace position and some insights on timing/pacing and hopefully this forum will prove enlightening too.

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