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BOOKS – Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies, by Hugh Coffee

This Book Blew Rmabo’s Mind!

Whether it’s a war zone or a civil disaster area, traumatic injuries often occur in remote, unsanitary locations. Coffee’s book explains advanced field procedures for small wound repair, care of the infected wound, IV therapy, pain control, amputations, treatment of burns, airway procedures and more.

Hugh Coffee is a professional paramedic with extensive experience administering emergency medicine in Third World and battlefield environments. Coffee’s experience in Third World and austere environment medical procedures include improvising medical equipment from available materials and performing disaster-medicine procedures under primitive conditions.

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OUTDOOR GEAR: I Call BS on All Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

This is about what it’s like to sleep in a transit tent in Iraq

About 4 or so years ago I was working on a gig in Iraq where I had to fly and drive to FOB’s* all around the country and stay in tents, empty buildings, transit housing and even the great outdoors. But the majority of times I ended up in a transit tent on the ass end of the base.

After spending a about a month freezing my ass off in the tents (believe it or not the AC in transit tents in Iraq is freezing) with no blanket (on some FOB’s they have 9 to 5 billeting or they don’t give linen to transient folks) I got smart and started lugging 2 furry-ass hajji blankets around with me base to base.

The problem was the 2 hajji blankets I had took up way too much space (everything I used I had to shove in a ruck) and were a bit heavy, so I decided it was time for my ass to get a real sleeping bag. It had been about 15 years since I last bought a sleeping bag so I really didn’t have a point of reference when looking for one. I basically needed one that was light and took up very little space.

I spotted an ad for a sleeping bag that was rated to 40 F and rolled-up into a pretty small package, I knew it didn’t get anywhere that cold in a tent (probably no colder than 60 F) so I ordered one up. When it arrived I was all too happy that I wouldn’t have to lug my furry bright red hajji blankets around with me anymore.

And luckily for me the day it arrived I ended up going on mission that same night to a FOB where I knew I would be staying in a cold ass tent.

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EDITORS NOTE: This is the same way Christian Bale’s character in Rescue Dawn made fire in the jungle after seeing NVA soldiers do it

While sitting around the house drinking a few San Miguel Beers with some friends I decided to play around with the Bamboo fire saw during my breaks in packing for our up coming survival training course.

We pilfered a 4′ length of dried bamboo from a construction site near the apartment while on our way home from a beer run.

Using our Bolo Knives and a Swiss army knife (saw) we split the Bamboo and Banged out a fire set in the style used by Hiroo Onoda (the Japanese ww2 hold out that hid in the Jungles of Luzon for 29 years).

After a bit of practicing and trial and error we succeeded in getting an ember and I was able to blow it into a flame. It was good training but seems to me to be a more difficult method to make fire then the Hand drill or Bow and Drill.

Below is a list of steps for making a Bamboo fire saw, if you have access to Bamboo give it a try and let me know how you like this method.

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WILDERNESS SURVIVAL: My Wilderness Firestarting Kit

My Complete Fire Starting Kit For Jungle Expeditions – I got it for free with 2 packs of smokes at 7-11

How have I started my fire in the wilderness since I was 12? A Magnesium Fire Tool? … Nope, … Swedish FireSteel? … Nope, Rubbing Two Sticks Together? … Nope, A Bow-Drill? … Nope

I carry a disposable lighter.

Yep, thats my entire fire starting kit.

Sure I know how to make fire from constructing a Bow-Drill, Fire Plough, using a coke can, and even using a rubber filled with water (who the hell carry’s a rubber with them in the mountains anyway?).

But the only way that works 100% of the time with minimal effort (I am a lazy survivalist) is just lighting stuff on fire with my lighter. Sure it doesn’t look as cool as scraping a gigantic wave of sparks from a Swedish FireSteel onto a tinder bundle, but it works.

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The Laplander Stove

About 30 years ago when I was running around the north woods of Wisconsin near Hayward. I met an old gentleman who’s name escapes me now but he was an interesting and colorful character.

This old guy made his living by doing things in nature; for example he would cut fire wood in the fall to sell, hunt, trap, do day labor on farms etc. in summer he would fish and collect plants to sell to the local flower shops etc. ditto on the day labor.

I admire the fact that he did not have a full time job or any job for that matter and was not what folks would call successful by the modern American standards but to me he was rich beyond my wildest dreams.

To be able to earn a living from nature and to be content with that is something I have always wanted.

Anyway, He showed me what he called a “Laplander Stove”; pretty simple really because it is just a log with slots cut into it.

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