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Dave Canterbury's Pathfinder System Survival Essentials

Prepper Sifu
The list author says: "Hopefully you're reading this because you have read through Dave Canterbury's "Survivability For the Common Man" and are looking to assemble your kit. If you don't own it and wish to purchase it just google his Pathfinder site.

One should be well versed in not only the proper use of each item but also the multitude of other uses that each item can provide. Also, One should have some previous survival training (especially hunting, trapping, and dressing an animal) if one truly wishes to solely use these items.

If you're untrained or just know the very basics then this equipment along with some non-perishable food and water will serve well in a 72 hour kit, aka Bug Out Bag, as a temporary means of survival.

The numbers below represent the priority order of the equipment that Dave's Pathfinder School views as the 10 essentials. I have listed as Dave has suggested multiple brand names for the same usage ie: KaBar and Ontario knives...only 1 is needed.

Following the essential 10 equipment items, Dave also suggested the next set of accesories that would be a great asset if packed along with your kit.

A note about #3, the best source of cover (heat regulation device) is clothing, so whats listed here is the next phase to heat regulation which will be form Tarp for Shelter and an All Weather mylar lined blanket for bedding."
KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps  Fighting Knife, Straight
KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, Straight
"#1 Cutting Tool: Canterbury suggests either this knife or the one below if you're feeling hardpressed about spending hundreds of dollars on a custom made knife."
Ontario SP2 Air Force Survival Knife (Black)
Ontario SP2 Air Force Survival Knife (Black)
"#1 Cutting Tool: Choose either this or the Ka-Bar above as your primary cutting tool."
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
"#2 Combustion Device: Not only is it a very sturdy ferro rod but it comes with Wet Fire (best tinder on ther market that burns wet)"
Grabber All Weather Blanket, Blue
Grabber All Weather Blanket, Blue
"#3a Cover: this is a mylar lined re-usable blanket unlike the cheaper pocket sized versions.  If you need a quick and inexpesnive substitute that has multiple uses then pack a couple of 55 gallon barrel liners...the higher the mil the better."
8' x 10' Camouflage Tarp
8' x 10' Camouflage Tarp
"#3b Cover:  Can eaily be converted into a waterproof shelter with some lashing.  A good military grade poncho can likewise serve as a sheltering device, see below."
Silva Ranger CLQ - Compass
Silva Ranger CLQ - Compass
"#6 Compass: The Silva Ranger has a built in sighting mirror which can double as a signalling device.  In addition, it also has several measuring tools right on the clear base."
Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Black
Petzl E49P TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp, Black
"#7 Candling Device: Yes at first glance you're thinking how expensive a simple headlamp can be.  In this case you really get what you pay for.  In fact it should be noted that the US military utilizes Petzl LED headlamps and that's saying a lot."
Trainmen Bandanas 27'' X 27''
Trainmen Bandanas 27'' X 27''
"#8 Cotton Bandanas: You should have 2 one can be any style or color as its for your head to serve as a heat regulating device and the other is to be brightly colored as it can be used as a signalling device, a sling...etc."
3M 2245 Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape
3M 2245 Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape
"#9 Cargo Tape: This is heavy duty all-weather tape will most assuredly serve you well in all the endeavors you put it through."
Tandy Leather Factory Sewing Awl Needle, Size-8 Heavy
Tandy Leather Factory Sewing Awl Needle, Size-8 Heavy
"#10 Cloth Sail Needle: In this case we are opting for a heavy duty sewing awl, as suggested Survivabilty for the Common Man"
Tru-Spec Military Poncho
Tru-Spec Military Poncho
"In lieu of the tarp"
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
"Hammocks get your body off the ground and thus keep you safe from losing body heat from conduction as well as keeping you away from unwanted ground critters."
Military GI Style Rip-Stop Poncho Liner (62" x 82") - Woodland Camouflage
Military GI Style Rip-Stop Poncho Liner (62" x 82") - Woodland Camouflage
"In Lieu of the Emergency All-Weather Blanket.  This works in great combination with the Poncho."
Trumark Slingshots Normal Pull Slingshot
Trumark Slingshots Normal Pull Slingshot
"An inexpensive, small game, hunting tool and not unlike a firearm needs practice to improve accuracy."
Charlotte Pipe Pvc Sch 40 Solid Pipe 3/4 " X 2 '
Charlotte Pipe Pvc Sch 40 Solid Pipe 3/4 " X 2 '
"Fishing Kit: See page 129 of Survivability for the Common Man for kit constructions."
Genova Products 30157CP 3/4-Inch PVC Pipe Cap, Slip - 10 Pack
Genova Products 30157CP 3/4-Inch PVC Pipe Cap, Slip - 10 Pack
"Fishing Kit: Only need 1 cap"
Catfish Line 50Lb 190 Yds
Catfish Line 50Lb 190 Yds
"Fishing Kit: You really only need about 50 yards for your fishing kit."
Pro Strikers 210 Piece Aberdeen Hook Assortment w/case
Pro Strikers 210 Piece Aberdeen Hook Assortment w/case
"Fishing Kit: Need 5x #6 hooks and 5x #8 hooks"
Dolphin 79 Pc. Split Shot Sinker Assortment Dial-A-Box
Dolphin 79 Pc. Split Shot Sinker Assortment Dial-A-Box
"Fishing Kit: All you need are some various sized split shot."
South Bend 10-Pack Push-Button Red & White Floats
South Bend 10-Pack Push-Button Red & White Floats
"Fishing Kit: Just a couple of small bobbers are needed."
South Bend 5 Tine Fish Spear
South Bend 5 Tine Fish Spear
"Great for both catching frogs and spear fishing.  May also be used as a rooting tool...etc."
Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 9-Inch Blade, 7 TPI
Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 9-Inch Blade, 7 TPI
"If you have the space...and you should it is suggested to pack either a folding saw or a hatchet.  Bahco makes very sturdy saws and this particular one is equally good at cutting both green and dry wood."
Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw (Black)
Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw (Black)
"This item is small enough and light enough to fit in your pocket and would be a great addition to your kit if there was no space for a folding saw."
Leatherman 831105 Super Tool 300 Multitool with Black Oxide Finish
Leatherman 831105 Super Tool 300 Multitool with Black Oxide Finish
"This Multi-tool has the 4 requirements Dave seeks in a multi-tool.  Those being: A non-serrated knife blade, awl, saw, and file."
Coghlans Mosquito Net Single, White (32"x78"x59")
Coghlans Mosquito Net Single, White (32"x78"x59")
"Beyond its basic use mosquito netting can serve other purposes.  For instance, it can serve to filter out course turbitity in water and it may serve as a fish net.  As far as weight to use ratio this is a winner."
Vetrap 4" x 5 Yard Roll - Red
Vetrap 4" x 5 Yard Roll - Red
"Beyond it serving as a first-aid device it can be used a trail marker or even used as a signalling device due to its bright color."
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