Coming into the field with Exile Medics? Here are the suggested kit lists for each environment. They are not exhaustive, but give you a good safe starting point to plan what you need to bring with you.
Exile Medics has a Rule. You are allowed to bring 1 main pack and 1 day pack with you. No more as the logistics become impossible. Everything you bring must fit into these.
Our resident outdoor experts and always trying new kit, existing kit, old kit, any kit- and are keen to share their recommendations and tips with you. With all the events and environments that Exile Medics works in, it is critical that the kit we choose not only allows us to live and survive in an environment, but lets us do one of the hardest jobs around when we get there.
To start us off- Kev Mason, our resident Outdoor Legend and Theatre Nurse shares his thoughts on his Fire Starting Kit and Merrell Moab lightweight boots
Kev's Fire Starter Kit
This compact fire starter kit lives in my daypack. Very simple and basic but virtually guarantees a successful fire providing you can source dry materials. Contains 4 x tampons in waterproof box, alcohol wipes, magnesium flint and striker, resin tinder stick, small leatherman, pocket face mask case.
The tampons are a great source of tinder as they comprise compressed cotton wool which fluffs up nicely when opened up. Wrap with an alcohol wipe, which takes a spark easily to give a flame that will burn for a couple of minutes. Take care not to handle the wipe too much or you might find your fingers catch fire when you strike the flint (yes I am speaking from experience).
For a longer initial burn (useful if using damp tinder), shave some flakes off the resin stick and use in the base of the fire.
Contents pack away into a pocket face mask case that will either fit inside a pouch, cargo pocket or belt.
Merrell Moab lightweight boots
I was looking for a pair of lightweight summer walking shoes, and saw a good deal on Merrell Moabs. Had my mind set on the shoe, but when I was in the shop I noticed the short boot. The advantage of the boot over the shoe is that it uses gore-tex fabric and claims to be fully waterproof (I've yet to own a pair of "fully waterproof" boots). Ive had these on for a few walks now and the first thing I noticed was how light they are, at around 820g. Very comfortable to wear, with good cushioning around the ankle. Nice grippy Vibram sole, and I have to say.....so far......waterproof. Sturdy enough to cope with summer trekking but good looking enough just to wear to the pub. Purchased from Go Outdoors, priced at £90 with their discount card. Merrell Moab Mid GTX. Highly recommended.