A rather good edit of my by a good friend on the SAR team.

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TAD Gear Shemagh
Hill people gear Regular kitbag, custom Tara pack, HPG cap
Oakley M Frame
TAD Gear Force 10 AC combats

This was a great weekend of training, and one that we got some great shots of a good adventure.

Stay safe,

VDMH

ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .
It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product. ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .
It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product. ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .
It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product. ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .
It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product. ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .
It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product. ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .
It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .
Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product.

ru-titley-knives:

The new Janus Strip -light can be lashed or tethered to gear for kit marking , it can be screwed / nailed to trees or buildings as a trail marker or worn around the neck as a personal marker  .

It can be attached direct to MOLLE or any 1 inch webbing  vertically using Blade -tech MOLLE locks or Tactical Tailor Malice clips or horizontal should you prefer using ITW Nexus web dominators .

Custom knives ,sheaths and gear from rtknives@hotmail.com

Perfect for SAR teams! There are a few kicking around our team now. Thanks to Ru for a great product.

2,400 followers………

It’s that time again where I say a big heart felt thank you to all my followers.

To those who are new to following me and my adventures, I started this blog around 18 months ago. It started as a place for me to share my photography, then quickly developed in to me sharing reviews and advice to others.

Id also like to thank those who have been there from the beginning and for standing by me. Those of you who are new to my blog I hope you find this a place of advice and inspiration.

Thank you to all the companies who have helped and supported me along the way.

Feel free to reach out say hello or ask questions.

Stay safe,

VDMH

My one piece of vital gear……….

I was asked what piece of gear I use the most by one of my followers. After some thought about my packs, clothing etc it dawned on me that my Camera is probably my most used item when I’m away.

Be it out in the mountains, underground or with Search & Rescue my camera is almost always with me. It’s the one piece of gear that led me to starting my blog. Photography has become quite a big passion of mine over the past 3 years.

My camera of choice is a Nikon D5100 and 18-105 lense. Fitted with a camera strap from Echo Niner.

I also use various other point and shoots, along with my IPhone, GoPros, and an Isaw action camera.

Stay safe,

VDMH

Do you know your food for free?

Would you know what is safe to eat and what isn’t?

This is a great skill to have, especially if you spend a lot of time in the outdoors. I have learnt a lot growing up and spending time away, but I am even luckier to have a brother who is a wilderness survival instructor.

I believe in “every day is a school day” all skills are great to build on no matter how much you think you know, you can always learn more.

VDMH

CyFlect markers from rtknives@hotmail.com

This version has been cut to fit the Velcro areas used on the TAD clothing line.

Stay safe,

VDMH

Hill People Gear Tara pack in black.

Cold steel Pocket Shark.

Seen here next to my Benchmade Tactical pen. The pocket shark really is a beast of a writing tool. If needed it would work great in self defence or as a window punch. Inexpensive and reliable. It is more of a felt marker than a general writing tool. 

Stay safe,

VDMH Cold steel Pocket Shark.

Seen here next to my Benchmade Tactical pen. The pocket shark really is a beast of a writing tool. If needed it would work great in self defence or as a window punch. Inexpensive and reliable. It is more of a felt marker than a general writing tool. 

Stay safe,

VDMH Cold steel Pocket Shark.

Seen here next to my Benchmade Tactical pen. The pocket shark really is a beast of a writing tool. If needed it would work great in self defence or as a window punch. Inexpensive and reliable. It is more of a felt marker than a general writing tool. 

Stay safe,

VDMH

Cold steel Pocket Shark.

Seen here next to my Benchmade Tactical pen. The pocket shark really is a beast of a writing tool. If needed it would work great in self defence or as a window punch. Inexpensive and reliable. It is more of a felt marker than a general writing tool.

Stay safe,

VDMH

QuestionI'm trying to clean out my gear closet, and get some solid gear (buy once cry once style.) My main debate right now is whether to grab an umlindi, or save up and wait for a sale on a Khard 30. I know I want something impossible… a bag that'll compress well enough for random EDC, but could be equally at home in the woods or supporting me on small trips packlite style. Do you have any thoughts? My main concern is that the lindi can't do EDC because of no laptop sleeve. Answer

Thanks for reaching out.

I haven’t managed to have a look at an Arcteryx Khard 30 yet but iv heard good things, it is also on my never ending list of gear to try. Arcteryx make solid gear so I am sure it would be great and looks to be a solid EDC pack.

I can however highly recommend the packs offered by hill people gear. I have tried packs from Most of the top known brands such as Kifaru, Mystery ranch etc and in my opinion HPG really are the best. Once you try there shoulder harness it would be difficult to go back to another brand. Now I do use other packs but my Tara, Ute and Lindi are my go to bags.

The Lindi works great for day trips into the hills, I am yet to use it for an overnight trip tho. However if you pack correctly it should be big enough. It has worked great for EDC too. Having no laptop sleeve I don’t see as an issues as they also make a case for one. That attaches to the front and can also be used stand alone.

So all that being said I don’t think you could go wrong with either of the two packs. I was going to get a Khard 30 but knowing how reliable HPG products are I went for the Lindi. It is now used as my EDC and my pack of choice for Search & Rescue.

Hope this helps,

VDMH