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“Not a very sexy thread. I just wanted to know who out there brings duct tape with them on the trail, and what kinda things do you use it for? Also, while I've thought 'bout taking duct tape out with me, I can never find a roll small and lightweight enough. Is there some way you all get around this, to bring only as much as you need?”
“Just wrap some around a piece of a pencil. You can wrap some around a Nalgene bottle too.”
“I wrap a bit around my alcohol (fuel) bottle to distinguish it from other bottles. I also wrap a small piece of stiff wire (16 ga galvanized steel) around the same bottle.
As fo uses - well so far the only thing I have used it for is to do a temp patch of some bug netting in my hammock however the potential uses are quite numerous and can be very creative - ex: skullcap & GOOSE's use of duct tape on recent hikes. Additionally I carry a strong needle and some nylon thread from the inside of some 550 cord I stripped. Also carry several small pieces of the stripped 550 cord.”
“Who says duct tape isn't sexy? You can use it for restraints when, miracle of miracles, you find an ultralighting backpacker of the appropriate sex who's into a little bondage, but neither of you pack handcuffs because they're too heavy, and all your line is used up keeping up the tarp.
Practical uses: Gagging the whiner who just won't shut up about how hot it is, or how wet they are, or how they're dying for a cigarette, etc., etc., or alternatively you could duct tape them to a tree and leave them there.”
“We use it for blister prevention. I can buy it in small 6 yard rolls at the hardware store.”
“I got about 4 feet just wraped back around its self. It can replace moleskin if you get a hot spot, Patch a tent pack or sleeping bag hole. Iv'e seen Thru-Hikers tape their boots back together after a blow out. I don't carry any major bandages cause I figure it's a slim chance of needing it. It I do get a serious cut, I'll just put tp or smaller bandage over it and Duct tape it on.
I've seen rookies carry it on the Roll! No need for that much, plus it's too bulky that way.”
lmfao pitbusher ! ! !
“the handy man's secret weapon.. . .. i once learned how to make a solar powered radio with duct tape, some gum & 3 paperclips & a pepsi can, on macguiver.”
“I wrap a couple of feet around itself too. I have used it to repair a pair of glasses I slept on one night--a small strip patches a busted cigarette. I don't leave home without it.”
“LOL... I never ducttaped a cigarette back together! I've done some peculiar stuff from time to time, but I missed that one somehow.”
“I have some wrapped around my nalgene. So far, I've only used it to tape a hot spot on my big toe.”
“Packing Tape on the trail:
Wrap it around: pencil, spoon, nalagien, packframe, or anything that you are allready brining with you.
Blister protection, ripped tent or other torn things, keep younger scouts mouths shut, tie other scouts to trees, the list is endless that is why duct tape is so great.......but gaphers is better.”
“What about a stick or something and duct tape to repair a tent pole or fishing pole.Or..I ripped my pants one time at work on a scaffold and patched my butt with a big ol' piece!”
“1001 uses! Bring it along but hope you never need it.”
“I've been lugging that stuff around for years and have never needed it.
(uh oh. I think I just jinxed myself.)”
“If you have a Big Lots near you check there, I bought small flat rolls there for $.49 a roll”
“I wrap a little around my trekking pole. I've used it for blisters, glasses, boots, platypus leak, camera lens strap, hold battery door shut on camera (old one), tent pole, twisted ankle/ace bandage, cracked cup....”
“The front half of a sole was flopping apart from some guy's boot like a big tongue. I wrapped some of my duct tape around the shoe and sole to hold things together.”
“i always tape BEFORE I get blisters!”
“Duct tape rules!!! When I was in the Noatak Pres. all I wore was knee high waterproof boots when hiking the tundra. Since they didn't fit to good, I had a lot of foot movement in side the boots, I took some duct tape and wrapped it around the boot at ankle height. This kept my heel and feet in place a lot snugger than without. It sure made hiking easier. Problem solved!”
“I'll bet the Apollo 13 astronauts were glad they had some along.”
“They'd have been even happier if the contractor for the CM and the LM had gotten together and used the same LiOH canister for both vehicles....”
“Get the real duct tape, not the cheap imitations. Also extra wide. Try home improvement stores or contractor's supply for the heavy duty extra wide (3"). The last roll I bought is green, not gray, but I don't know if that is a standard color code. I carry about 6-8 feet wrapped on itself, making a package roughly the size of a cassette tape. I used duct tape to repair a major tire blowout (slashed sidewall from a sharp rock) about 15 miles in on a mountain bike trail.
I also carry a small roll of filament tape. It is stronger than duct tape.”
“I made a fly swatter with my hot dog fork and a piece of duck tape - killed about 30 biting flies with it”
“Yes, I've got mine on. I'll post a series of pictures of the plantar wart on my left heel as the treatment progresses as a case study!”
“theres a wart for ya ;)”
“I would be very afraid of someone who shows that much enjoyment about being duct taped to what appears to be a bathroom wall.”
“It's also a good cheap substitute for a bikini wax.”
“Looks like Ken Starr.”
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