Re: Gear

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUAIX.CSC.WSU.EDU)
Fri, 16 Dec 1994 07:01:22 -31802

Two of the smartest things I took to the bush in Papua New Guinea were
(a) a solar shower, and (b) virgin gallon paint cans to house camera and
binoculars. The paint cans were the only containers I found that actually
keep the "dry" in and the wet out. Plastic camera boxes with gaskets
around their lids have the problem that your dessicant eventually shrinks
the gasket, letting the wet in.

I should perhaps add that if you take paint cans, by all means take a
sturdy screwdriver so you can pry the lids off.

Also essential in the PNG bush, but readily available in-country, is the
classic "patrol box." Rats can't gnaw through, it's lockable, its
haulable, its rain-proof.

Harriet Whitehead
Anthro, WSU

On Wed, 14 Dec 1994, Marsha & Rob wrote:

> Eric Silverman had the good idea of posing the following question to the list.
> "What are your five favorite or most essential pieces of field gear?"
> So far water filters, hammocks, duct tape, and pliers have been mentioned.
> This would also be a fine opportunity for some story telling.
> We'll be happy to tally up the list for the list if people are interested.
> Marsha & Rob Quinlan