Originally Posted by CampingJosh
Oh yeah, Delta, I agree. I don't have Dyneema in my gear, and I don't know that I ever will.
If I break the trend of not making much money--and the other trend of spending what little I do make on this one particular young lady--I may be able to afford better toys someday. Until then, I'm looking for the cheap way to do everything.
Alas, I'm just a poor sucker...
One of my mentors used to say, "If it's the only one you got, then it's the best one in the world." He was usually talking about our outdated shooting gear/optics, but I apply that to everything.
Remember too that the job of advertisers and marketing is to convince a logical person that they must have something that they most likely can do without. Man hunted for thousands of years before baths were invented, but pick up a hunting magazine in 2008 and you will believe a hunter with a rifle cannot stalk a deer without $100 of scent control on his truck, atv, clothes, boots, rifle, and ammo. That $100 is better spent on a young lady I say, and the hunter best served not using too much technology to answer a question of skill and craft.
Rope is one of those things that can be tweeked and altered based on whats available. Things you never skimp on are like medical supplies and equipment to secure clean water, re-new power etc.
And skill! Learn a new thing every day, then practice it. I've met a bunch of people while diddling around my interests...and can say there are dudes that could almost equip a casualty collection point with med gear bought from catalogs for the next Y2K, Katrina, St Helens etc, but they can't explain how to properly apply a turniquet. Skill has no weight...you can carry it everywhere....and it can't be taxed