I know the sun is probably just coming up in the States, but it's nearly set in most of Oz.
What prospecting gear did you receive this year? Anything else that was interesting? Was it what you wanted?
Me? Got a few small items but none of it for detecting. Best thing was a torch holder that locks onto the bottom of a barrel via a magnet. Top little addition to the fox hunting arsenal. May have purchased it myself and popped it under the tree
Interested to see what others got.
During these cold months I find a lot of time is wasted and the boredom starts to kick In, So this winter I have set my self a Goal to get ready for the summer and sorting my camping gear out, As some of you know my lock up got raided by the people from the planet DORK and I have started to replace my some of the gear stolen,
Anyways first up is I have had to replace my fridge So I just bought a new 4X4 ARB 47 litre / 50 Quarts fridge / freezer, and I am over the moon about that because my last one was just a fridge which means that I can now go off for weeks at a time, and as soon as it got here and I saw the Quality of the ARB I got straight on the phone and ordered the 78 litre version so I can use the 47L as a freezer and use the 78L as a fridge, The 47L uses about 0.87 Amps per hour which is pretty good I think and under adverse conditions it uses about 403 watts per 24 hour period which is about 33.58 Amps or equal to 1.399 Amps per hour so with those type of figures I think I can manage with that, I will be running about 3 or 4 180 Amp batteries and I might add a small wind generator to help the 300 watts of solar panels and I am going to add a 1000 watt generator with a 5 Amp built in charger as a back up plan,
Anyways, If you want a really Great fridge/freezer set up for your truck or your retreat I highly recommend the ARB 47L to go with your cooler if you are wanting to keep Quality food with you on your prospecting Ventures, because these things can take a beating because they were design In Australia to take everything The Aussie Bush and 4 wheel driving can throw at them and live to tell the tail.
Happy Hunting,, John.
Oh forgive me I forgot to mention the price, I got a heck of a good deal on this freezer at £565.00 or $803.93 USD at the current exchange rate
Thought I'd breach the subject as I know I am not the only one who deals with this; What do you do when detecting in areas that are thick with poison oak? Do you take any precautions with your detector, yourself, your other gear? Personally I use and carry Dawn dish soap which is probably one of the most well known preventative/treatments.
Some of the better areas I detect in are thick with this and I recently had a very bad bout with it after cleaning out a coyote hole, the entrance of which was covered with decomposing leaves (some of them poison oak - face, legs, and lungs all affected.)
So, I've spent a lot of years in my life working in emergency services and one of the most important things I learned was talking about safety is one of the best ways to prevent something bad going worse, or better yet not having anything bad happen at all.
That being said and me having tire issues in the high n Nevada desert this last time out, the next time I plan to be better equipped. To help my self and be able to help someone else as well, being out in remote areas is kind of like boating in that another in distress becomes your priority if you can assist.
My growing list includes: upgraded tires, two spares, tire plug kit, tire patches, rubber goop, 12 volt tire pump with battery jump start ($80 at Costco), extra quarts of oil, extra gallons water, hand winch and chain/straps, 200 ft rescue rope, small tools, small first aid kit, there are more things I'm sure. Plus all my prospecting tools and supplies... Barely room for me in the car.
What other things do you carry to stay safe and what safety tips do other people have to share?
i use a16 oz water bottle in my back pocket,,,,,as i drink it i squeeze the air out and it fits better as i go along,,,
most if you know that it takes a long time for fluids to replenish in your body----it takes a while to get into your cells, so it is most important to be well hydrated before you go out.
When i lived in AZ I would always drink a lot of water or gatorade on friday night and skip the alcohol------ alcohol is a bIG cause of dehydration....so load up with good water the night before and you will last longer in the high desert with out having to continually milk one of them nasty bladders....lol
Remember when you finally feel like you are overdoing it in desert heat---it may be too late,,,,it is a very rapid process that goes from dehydration to cardiac arrhythmia and death..
Don't you love a nurse/medic!!! hahaha
free tip of the day...
Ask Rob Allison how it feels....