Talk:Things to bring in the woods

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duck tape, duct tape, repair tape, etc.

First, repair tape (whether it's duct tape, duck tape, or whatever) is not "the most important thing to cary [sic] around anywhere". Second, it's better for a list like this to be more generic and less specific.

If you disagree, then please discuss it here, rather than continuing the edit war.
- niraD 00:05, 7 April 2008 (EDT)

Ducttape is far more important to carry around than a GPS!

What good will it do to generalize it . Obviously repair tape refers exclusively to ducttape. What is graphing tape anyway? Who would want to strap a palabera to a geocache while they are in the woods? Who would want to graph polynomials while they are in the woods? Why would someone bring a math textbook, graphing paper, and graphing tape with them while they are geocaching in the woods? Wouldn't ducttape be far more useful? Wouldn't ducttape be far more useful than anything on that list. Shouldn't ducttape be #1 on the list. Shouldn't ducktape have its own category on the list. --Narniaexpert 03:38, 7 April 2008 (EDT)

gaffer tape

If you don't know what gaffer tape is, then just follow the link. The Wikipedia article explains what it is, what it is used for, and how it is different from duct tape (or if you prefer, "duck tape"). And no, it isn't "graphing tape".

FWIW, not all duct tape is created equal. I've tried to use duct tape, only to discover that one brand wouldn't work for the same task that another brand had worked just fine for. And there are times when gaffer tape is more appropriate, or when other repair tapes are more appropriate.

And while I've never had everything on these lists with me while hiking, camping, backpacking, or geocaching, I've rarely had duct tape with me, and I've never needed it more than the essentials on these lists.

I don't deny that duct tape (or some other repair tape) can be useful while geocaching, and I'm familiar with the joke about duct tape being like The Force (a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together). But you're exaggerating its real importance.
- niraD 07:58, 7 April 2008 (EDT)

Bear Spray?

Okay, what's "Bear Spray"? And is it really a geocaching-specific item, or should we move it to the "other useful stuff in the backcountry" list?
- niraD 01:29, 17 April 2008 (EDT)

As far as I know. . .

When someone says "Bear Spray" I assume they are talking about pepper spray that is marketed as being strong enough to repel a bear attack.
- BigWhiteTruck

Okay, so is it as useful as the rest of the backcountry supplies? And is there any reason not to move it from the geocaching list to the backcountry list?
- niraD 05:20, 18 April 2008 (EDT)

Isn't the list getting a bit long.

This is just me, but it seems that this list has turned into a list of everything that could be brought with you into the woods for any circumstance especially if you are stranded for five months or about to be eaten alive while looking for a geocache list. Personally the only three things I ever bring into the woods with me while geocaching are the GPS, Trade items, and a pen. I think some of the items are a bit far fetched.
- Narniaexpert

Well, this is about "things to bring in the woods", not "things to bring geocaching". But with that said...

I think the top 3 are good the way they are. Yes, you can go geocaching without a GPSr, without a pen (hopefully there is one in the cache), or without cache information (other than what you remember), but those 3 are pretty basic. (I hesitate to put trade items in this list because I know a lot of geocachers who no longer trade, and I no longer trade except for signature items.)

I think it's also useful to mention the 10 Essentials. We can link to the Wikipedia 10 Essentials page for discussion of the 10 Essentials, and for discussion of what addition items are useful on backcountry trips. Maybe we don't even need to list them. Is the link to the Wikipedia article enough? And maybe a link to the terrain page would be appropriate, while mentioning that other necessities depend on the terrain.

But beyond the 10 Essentials, I think we should keep this specific to geocaching. And maybe there's a need for a "cache repair kit" article, which discusses supplies that are useful for repairing caches, that can be carried with you whenever you go geocaching.
- niraD 00:33, 20 April 2008 (EDT)

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