| Kong Soo Do
Registered: Mar 2011
Posted April 22nd, 2012 03:38 PM IP
98.6 Degrees link
Pretty much finished up Cody's book, 98.6 Degrees. I like Cody on Dual Survival, which was my first exposure to him. Having read his book, I now have better insight into his philosophy on self-reliance. I've read a few survival books now that I've gotten into the proper mindset. Too be honest, a lot of the material is pretty dry and not all that informative or instructive. Cody's book however breaks that mold thankfully.
The straight-forward style is refreshing. Nothing fancy, just good ole fashion common sense stuff, but then common sense isn't all that common these days. He doesn't just go into the particulars of what you should carry in a survival kit, but why. Additionally, I like his approach to NOT take his or anyone's word as absolute, but to take what you need, modify or discard the rest to your situation. I like this minimalist approach.
I would suggest humbly, that this is a 'must read'. That statement gets abused a lot, unfortunately. But in this case, I think it's a good recommendation. Not just for getting a kit together, but getting the proper mind set for survival which is even more important than the best kit.
I like the modifications he suggests, for example, wrapping most/all of the stuff in your kit, if possible/practical, with bright yellow tape. Helps for visability, particularly in dim light conditions. But it also gets you 'into' your kit so that you KNOW what's in it. The book also gets you into the mindset of looking at things differently, as in, what can I use this or that for that would aid me in a situation.
I like the idea also of wrapping the knife sheath with yellow tape for visibilty. Although I'm not keen on the idea of wrapping a lighter to the sheath, wrapping a little slot for firestreel sounds good. I don't have to worry about a mishap with a lighter, yet still have a means to get a fire going. And a good firesteel will net you literally thousands of fire opportunities. The lighter can find its way into the kit.
I also like the idea of wrapping duct tape around several items in the kit such as the water bottles (duct tape can have multiple uses). Although I have several good plastic bottles, including a Sawyer filter bottle, I have some light metal ones as well. I'm going to add this into the overall kit as the metal ones can be used to repeatedly boil water if necessary. Thus giving me some reduntancy in making potable water.
As I've said, a 'must read'. But decide for yourself. I think you'll be glad you read it. Feel free to offer your thoughts if you've read the book.
Two thousand years ago wise men sought Christ, wise men still do.
Techniques are situational, principles are universal.
Fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and immovable as a mountain.
He who gets there first with the most...wins!
Minimal force may not be minimum force!
We don't rise to the occasion...we sink to the level of our training.
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