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Bush pilots emergency pack

#1 Post by awitzke » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:34 pm

What do you recommend to add to an emergency backpack which you would keep with you in the plane. So far I have a few things in a small 15L sinchable superlight backpack (trying to keep the weight to under 2lbs)

http://www.backcountry.com/adventure-me ... DDM54-2_M1 <-- plan to add a few things to this like extra bandages and more ibuprofen.

http://www.backcountry.com/ultimate-sur ... DDM54-2_M1

I also have a leather man, life straw and some quick start fire stuff and a sleeping bag that stuffs to about a square foot of size and good to -20*.

Anything else you would recommend or take away?
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Re: Bush pilots emergency pack

#2 Post by PointyEngine » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:52 pm

.44 Mag and a good bottle of scotch...
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Re: Bush pilots emergency pack

#3 Post by awitzke » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:16 pm

Ha... clever. Wouldn't be bad to bring my shotty but I doubt most operators would be ok with that.
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#4 Post by awitzke » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:18 pm

Keep in mind I'm not saying this is only for emergency situations but also in case say, weather rolls in and you have to land on a lake (if you're on floats obviously) and camp for the night.
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#5 Post by C-FDPB » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:37 pm

small kit of fishing tackle and maybe a telescopic rod. metal canteen. hatchet. rope is always handy.
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#6 Post by North Shore » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:40 pm

A deck of cards.

Crash, light a fire, break out cards and deal solitaire, and it'll be 5 minutes, max, before someone comes along to look over your shoulder...
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Re: Bush pilots emergency pack

#7 Post by awitzke » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:17 pm

haha, thanks for the tip NS. Maybe I should learn how to play, eh?

Didn't think of a small fishing kit @ c-fdpb, that's a good idea. I'll add it to the pack. I also got a bit of dried food from MEC that should last a long time.

Best to always be prepared, and hopefully I'll never need to use the pack. Better safe than sorry.
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Re: Bush pilots emergency pack

#8 Post by PointyEngine » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:44 pm

On a serious note, quite a few busy guys are armed with some sort of firearm, and not a dumb idea in some locations. My impression is most operators turn a blind eye, just make sure you take it out of the flight bag before you head south. "Apparently" it can get quite awkward with CATSA!

Also a big part would be how far north, and how remote is the terrain. Our company has sleeping bags and extensive first aids kits for use in cold remote regions. Something to keep your spirits up and pass the time waiting for rescue is always a top idea as well.
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#9 Post by awitzke » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:52 pm

Yeah, well I'm trying to get rid of my 870 right now. It's a bird gun with a 30'' barrel and I want to replace it with a cheaper savage shotgun with a pistol grip and short barrel.. Figure I may as well bring it along if wherever I end up doesn't like the idea then I'll just lock it away.

As for how far north... southern NWT? I may end up in Ontario. Who knows as this point. I'll be embarking on a road trip soon to find a job, starting from Vancouver. Up into NWT/Ft. Simpson and east if that doesn't work out.
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#10 Post by esp803 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:00 pm

The finest bottle of scotch you can afford, a tin of caviar and some sort of cracker. Also a good book.

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#11 Post by awitzke » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:16 pm

Well I don't drink and have never had a taste for caviar. But I can always appreciate a good book.
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#12 Post by rigpiggy » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:21 am

Small first aid kit Knife, matches and lighter, some tinder/tea light candle, survival blanket, tin cup, cordage and maybe a wire saw. Extras includefishing kit, snare wire, signal mirror, small compass. Keep it small light and buy a surveyors vest or mustang inflatable floater. Wear it every time you fly
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#13 Post by Illya Kuryakin » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:01 am

PointyEngine wrote:.44 Mag and a good bottle of scotch...
I go with rum. Not so sure a 44 mag would be my first choice though. Better off with a 22. Or a 223. Best would be a lever action carbine in 357 mag......with some 38 special for bunnies.
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Re: Bush pilots emergency pack

#14 Post by NWONT » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:21 pm

............anybody here got an opinion on what would be the best gun to have with you if you happen to bump into a bear out there?.....anybody at all?
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#15 Post by awitzke » Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:02 pm

Well you can't carry a restricted firearm in the bush, so my vote is a shotgun with bird shot, then two buck shot and finally a slug if you haven't scared it off yet.
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#16 Post by PointyEngine » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:44 pm

Some remote operators / outfitters have got "apparently" been able to get permits to carry restricted weapons in the bush. Who, When or how? No Idea...
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#17 Post by 180 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:54 pm

A small heavy duty 6x8 or 8x10 orange tarp. Roll it up tight with a few bungy cords. Rolls up about the size/girth of a bottle of wine and has numerous uses. Helps with a staying dry, getting up off of the cold ground, keeping your sleeping bag dry, and of course signalling.
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#18 Post by awitzke » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:40 pm

PointyEngine wrote:Some remote operators / outfitters have got "apparently" been able to get permits to carry restricted weapons in the bush. Who, When or how? No Idea...
Likely a variation of a "Prospectors License." They're out there, albeit rare.
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#19 Post by BigWillyStyle » Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:57 pm

Remember the Rule of 3's. Lack of oxygen kills you in 3 minutes. Lack of heat, 3 hours to 3 days, depending on the season and injuries. Lack of water incapacitates you in 3 days, kills you in a week. Lack of food, 3 weeks. I keep a Coast Guard approved 2-minute SCUBA style air bottle affixed to the yoke so I always know where it is if I'm upside down. Toss the fishing kit, invest in a great first aid kit and a first aid course, and an underwater egress course. Several independent, waterproof means of lighting a fire. Gerber or equivalent. Water filtration straw and a signalling mirror. SPOT pager if you can afford it. Bare bones 12-gauge if you are in bear country and the Operator allows it. Big-ass fixed blade knife if they don't. 24 hours of rations. Put it in a high-vis package that will float. Worst case: SARTechs are dropping out of the sky 36 hours post-incident, so don't pack like you're going to be in the bush for a week. If nobody comes in 7 days, assume zombies and start fashioning a fishing pole from wreckage and wiring harness. Good luck.
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#20 Post by C-FDPB » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:15 pm

hence the spool of line and a few jigs/lures. For the zombie apocalypse.
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#21 Post by Driving Rain » Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:13 am

Fly dope for spring and summer. Don't put it near the tea bags. Ask me how I know :shock:
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#22 Post by BigWillyStyle » Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:12 am

Driving Rain wrote:Fly dope for spring and summer. Don't put it near the tea bags. Ask me how I know :shock:
Yikes. That would suck. But good point, bug dope and/or jacket is a given.
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#23 Post by bernoulliboy » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:26 pm

awitzke wrote:Well you can't carry a restricted firearm in the bush, so my vote is a shotgun with bird shot, then two buck shot and finally a slug if you haven't scared it off yet.
Why would you try to "scare" a bear off with birdshot ? You need to wake up and realize that if a bear is nosing around your camp or wherever you are, he's not going to "scare". If you have a shot gun then use slugs. A 45-70 is better bear repellent. Give him a warning shot between the eyes then one in the air.

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#24 Post by Meddler » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:05 pm

You ll want to get rescued, so a spot or a delorme. Then you ll want a fire, so a lighter and good firestarter like zip. Then put up the orange tarp with that rope. Next you ll want a powerbar or better yet a couple freeze dried meals.

Chances are good you would bet there overnight, so you will want to be wearing clothes you can sit around outside in and not get cold, and you ll want a sleeping bag.

At this point you ll want to check the spot is working.

You should always have the leatherman. I don't know how anyone lives without one.

The trouble with all this is that you do need to have it on your person or there's a good chance you won't be able to get to it if you crash. Therefore it has to be very compact or it ll get tossed in the back like mine. Kinda rules out items like a gun, book, 26 of scotch.

I say have the spot, lighter, leatherman, and some food in the warm clothes you re wearing. Then have all the other good stuff in your flight bag or in the back.

Don't forget the spot. Everyone worries about a bear eating them of all things. I'd be mostly worried about getting found.
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#25 Post by Pop n Fresh » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:41 am

awitzke wrote: I also got a bit of dried food from MEC that should last a long time.
A good thing to do here is get somethings you would actually like to eat. Once or twice a year, eat it and replace. Then you know if you ever have to use it you won't be opening a package of dirt.

Also using the fire starting stuff to start fires and keeping it fresh is probably a good idea.
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