Common EDC Mistakes
Posted on May 05 2016
EDC is a popular and developing past-time, but as more and more people start it, we see a resurgence in simple mistakes. In the most part these errors are just annoying, but sometimes it can totally ruin the experience. Do not be caught out, take your time preparing, and don’t make the blunders mentioned in this post and you’ll have an excellent time out in the wilderness.
But, until that time, here are seven common mistakes the average bushcraft sharp
Not Researching The Geography Before Departure
This is critical. Especially so if you are going somewhere, you’ve not explored before. Do you know what animals live there? Do you know the types of trees? Simplistic questions like that can make a huge difference. Let’s take for example knowing the kind of animals. In the UK, there aren’t a large number of apex predators, although there are animals that could either do you harm or steal your provisions. Foxes, Mice and Badgers are excellent examples of animals that could do you harm and take your provisions. Now focusing on the tree example, there are loads of various types of trees, each with their unique attributes. Some of which are ideal for shelter building, but poor for fire starting or visa verse.
This can make or break a bushcraft experience. Well, that is if you get the weather you want. Checking the weather has some benefits. Firstly you know what clothing to take. Secondly, you see to avoid areas that are prone to flooding if torrential rain is anticipated. lastly the weather good or bad can be a hazard. By this, we mean too hot and you get dehydrated. Too cold and you get frostbite. Too wet and you get freezing.
Wrong Gear, Wrong Place
This leads on from the above two subjects but deserves a title in its right. By investigating the geography and weather you get a rather good idea of the kit you require, but it’s then not only a case of getting some stuff out and adding others into a bag.
Although this takes time, make sure you have all the right kit. Leaving without something is just tempting fate. We don’t want to scaremonger; we just wish to make sure that you do have all the right gear for the right environment.
The Rule Of Two
Although this can be applied to people in this example, we will focus on equipment. The rule of two means is having at least two of key items such as maybe a torch, knife or a water filtration system. We aren’t saying have two of completely everything, as that would be ludicrous. What we are saying is necessary items should be doubled up. But, not doubled up as in having two of the same items. Have two similar but different things. Take for example a headlamp. You can buy ones who give very similar outputs but run on multiple batteries, which means that may work better in a particular situation.
Too Much Or Too Little
This is a tough balance to get right! And the likelihood is that you’ll never get it 100%. If you are going to fall one way, though, make sure you fall to the slightly more side.
The one thing you want to ensure you do have lots of is food and water, or at least have the ability to get more easily. In some environments, both food and water can be difficult to come by. Therefore, it’s essential you take food and water with you, but also, bring things like water filters.
Wrongly Packing Your Kit
This is arguably one of the toughest things to get right, but of vital importance, and there are some keen bits of knowledge we want to get over to you.
The first bit of kit you pack is going to be the item you take out last. If it’s something, you are likely to require in a rush or before you have made camp then don’t pack it in the bottom! The more useful and versatile the kit, the more available you will want it to be.
However, that’s only half the story, as packing it by solely putting handy stuff at the top isn’t going to make a tremendous difference by itself. The next point to look at is the placement of weight. You want your bag to be properly balanced. You want the weight evenly going straight down so that it’s not straining your shoulders back. It’s not a simple thing to do, but by practising re-packing your bag in a mixture of ways can help show you how small changes can have a pretty significant impact on the comfort of your bag.
Appropriate Carry Bag Size
Too big and you'll be carrying irrelevant stuff, too small and your not carrying enough.
There are a couple of ways of dealing with this. By possessing a big bag you give yourself options which are great. But, don’t buy the kit for your bag, buy a bag for your equipment. Get all your kit ready first, and then get the bag. If you’ve not made any of the mistakes already mentioned you should be okay, and you should have the right kit. The short of it is, don’t let you bag size dictate the package you take, let the environment and your needs guide you.