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Backpacker Magazine – October 2012

Saved by...A Sock

7 more reasons to pack an extra pair

by: Kristin Hostetter

Socks (Photo by Ben Fullerton)
Socks (Photo by Ben Fullerton)

  • Make water. Fill a sock with mud or wet clay (left), then wring out every drop of moisture.
  • Warm your hands. This could prevent frostbite and restore dexterity. It’s very hard to make a lifesaving fire with numb fingers.
  • Jury-rig crampons. To create traction on slick ice, pull a wool (it’s stickier than nylon and polyester materials) sock over the toe of your boot. The fibers adhere to ice.
  • Make a deadman. Fill a sock with sand or snow, then bury it to create a shelter anchor.
  • Fashion a hunting weapon. Starving? Stuff a sock with stones to create a sort of nunchuck for clubbing small game.
  • Carry a snake. If you catch one, tie it off inside a sock to keep it alive until you need to eat it.
  • Filter water. It will remove sediment, but not bacteria and other microorganisms.


     “Fill your sock with sand, charcoal, and grass to grab the bigger particles, and pour water through. It may taste a little ripe, but it’s safer than drinking it straight.
    –Bear Grylls


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SA
Jun 18, 2014

Bear Grylls is just awesome he is my idol i would like to become like him...

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The american
Apr 10, 2014

Bear grylls is a bad a$$ I don't care what any city boy sissy says. Grow a pair of ball and try just a fraction of what he does on a regular basis and see how much training and practice it takes to do what he does. Harri is a city boy pussy as well.

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Ha Ha
Nov 21, 2013

Take advice from a guy that drinks his urine on TV, while a cameraman and support crew has plenty of water? Why don't you post suggestions from Les Stroud? Bear Grylls promoting Gerber...soon they will have the Bear Grylls Gerber pee drinking cup.

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justanotherjerk
Nov 04, 2013

Following many of this guys tips is downright dangerous. I don't think Backpacker should feature him as someone to listen to.

I have only seen one episode of his show. He demonstrated how to pole vault your way down a mountainside...

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justanotherjerk
Nov 04, 2013

You're better off keeping the sock on your foot.

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justanotherjerk
Nov 04, 2013

You're better off keeping the sock on your foot.

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Does Bear sh1t in the woods?
Nov 04, 2013

Bear is a wanker. Who would drink piss (from a dehydrated faucet) out of a snake skin that has been slung over your back in the desert sun for hours? Wank away. Good way to ingest the salmonella from the snake skin and fermented piss, really? Jump onto a tree to go down a 50 foot cliff just to save time? It's a survival situation not an adrenaline situation... keep wanking we are getting to the climax.....and then spend the night in a hotel. Wank done.

Star
Does Bear sh1t in the woods?
Nov 04, 2013

Bear is a wanker. Who would drink piss (from a dehydrated faucet) out of a snake skin that has been slung over your back in the desert sun for hours? Wank away. Good way to ingest the salmonella from the snake skin and fermented piss, really? Jump onto a tree to go down a 50 foot cliff just to save time? It's a survival situation not an adrenaline situation... keep wanking we are getting to the climax.....and then spend the night in a hotel. Wank done.

David
Oct 31, 2012

Les? Yes, he is skilled. But his program is primarily spent whining about his circumstances. Use the coordinates supplied for his camping sites. I did one time and found he was a mile away from a major highway. Another time he was in Yosemite, a site I've spent time, and his biggest problem was probably keeping other people out of his camera range.

David
Oct 31, 2012

Les? Yes, he is skilled. But his program is primarily spent whining about his circumstances. Use the coordinates supplied for his camping sites. I did one time and found he was a mile away from a major highway. Another time he was in Yosemite, a site I've spent time, and his biggest problem was probably keeping other people out of his camera range.

Bear
Oct 30, 2012

Bear Grylls is awesome.

mtnmanami
Oct 25, 2012

What's with everyone giving Bear such a hard time and claiming that Survivorman is so much better? It's a tv show, it's meant to be entertaining - and Survivorman is not.
If you refresh your page to see your awesome post then it re-posts it each time you do

wildpaddle
Oct 22, 2012

I totally agree with LongRange!!

LongRange
Oct 20, 2012

Yeah, I like to see Bear Gryyls chase around a chipmonk, with a sock full of rocks on his next show. At least it'll be entertaining. I've been a long time hiker/camper some forty years, plus, military experience. If I ever found myself in a survival situation, I would not even attempt to do some of the unnecessary, injury risking things that he does. I understand it's a TV show. However! If you want to learn some survival skills off TV, watch Les Stroud,--Survivorman--, he'll teach you something. Over.

Harri
Oct 20, 2012

I only sent that once

Harri
Oct 20, 2012

Bear Grylls is a jerk off.

Harri
Oct 20, 2012

Bear Grylls is a jerk off.

Zeke
Oct 20, 2012

A sock stuffed with a few large rocks is otherwise known as a "sling club" and makes an excellent defensive weapon.

Harri
Oct 20, 2012

Bear Grylls is a jerk off.

NEIL
Oct 19, 2012

THE SOCK IS A GREAT IDEA

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