In truth, most guys think of their "gear" as having some magical power to protect them.  In their own mind, their survival depends on it.

talisman - Merriam Webster, on line
    1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune
    2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects

I read an article on the internet wherein the author said that he "imbued (gave) his hunting knife the characteristics of an talisman, and imagined that it could get him out of all kinds of problems"

"Alright, I must confess that I have other reasons for carrying a knife. Mine is a talisman, a good luck charm of sorts. Because it can help me keep warm or whittle a tent peg, I infuse it with the power to bring me back home safely. And the truth is that I am out almost every weekend, and rarely wield it." Dave Kreutzer "Why You Want a BIG KNIFE "

I want to warn against such thinking.  Such thinking is why people give you lists of "what you should carry," and "what you might need,"  and "all about survival kits."  I finally, reluctantly, published three articles like this on my site. 

Well, my lists are no better than anyone else's.  They are just my lists.

Often, as little equipment as you can carry will be the best for you.  Japanese soldiers in World War Two carried an extremely small pack.  Saw a television show on the History Channel about World War Two, (surprising, isn't it?)  Stated that most American soldiers chose out of all the gear they were given what they could carry and use, and left a lot of it behind.


As you might guess from the picture above, and the the comments, I am a Christian.  In my estimation, we are going to have to listen to the "voice of the LORD," and ask Him what to do.

I don't think your equipment can save you, at least not by itself.

I know Jesus Can.




Paul in 2006. Commercial Carpenter



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