Indefinitely Wild is a part of the Gawker family of “viral media” sites that includes Gizmodo (tech and design), Deadspin (sports), Jezebel (female focus), Gawker, and others. Some of their sites can be mind-numbingly left wing. How Deadspin can make half of their sports posts overtly political is truly mindboggling. Other than the the occasional mention of
global warming global cooling climate change whatever they are calling it this week, Indefinitely Wild plays it pretty straight.
Indefinitely Wild is the group’s outdoor adventure site. Aimed at the gear and granola crowd, their audience is considerably different than TTAK’s. Like the strangely knife-sympathetic posts in the Village Voice (covered so well by David here & here), anytime knife-use and EDC can reach a non-niche audience it can only help to advance the cause.
I have reblogged one of Editor Wes Siler’s previous posts – on a “keychain survival kit“. They say the “mark of another man’s genius is how much you agree with him”. Wes does an excellent job. He writes about knives, travel, motorcycle touring, and EveryDay Carry preparedness. Like his keychain kit, his “Tools You Can (and Should) Take on Planes” kit is extremely well thought out.
I have written about TSA regulations in general, and reviewed the GTI/Combat Ready Range Master Tactical Pen specifically. This, coupled with Wes’s Keychain Kit, form a solid foundation for a travel-ready EDC kit. The backbone of Wes’s kit is the Leatherman PS Multitool. This tool was designed to be TSA-compliant – i.e. no knife blade. It does contain a pair of scissors so you are not entirely edged-tool free. If you want a knife, you are going to have to check it or pick one up once you arrive at your destination. Thanks Flight
Waitresses Attendant Union!
Wes’s travel kit goes far beyond the basic EDC tools. He includes tools for the outdoors (paracord, lighter, firestarting tinder (cotton balls), poncho, etc), a basic toolkit (in his case centered on motorcycle/car repair), tools for electronic maintenance, and “Tools for your body”. One item in this basic medicine/first aid kit jumps out at me – tincture of iodine, can do double duty in purifying water. A brilliant idea.
There is one item Wes mentions that falls in VERY big grey area. A perforated dog tag that snaps off into a rudimentary knife. He doesn’t carry it himself, but legendary adventure traveler Robert Young Pelton , author of “The Worlds Most Dangerous Places“, recommends the DPX Danger Tag . I don’t know if I would try it either, but Mr. Pelton is a relatively unimpeachable source and speaks from experience. I don’t think it is worth the hassle, and the knife is really no more functional that you would get with the scissors of the Leatherman. (What say you?)
I highly recommend you read the whole thing if you travel. Even if you don’t, if you EDC more than just a knife it is always good to read what other people carry as it helps one reevaluate their own kit and preparedness.
(This post has been updated to reflect the fact that as a 38 year-old Trout Bum, I am not sufficiently plugged into the lingo of the young-uns. Apparently the term “click-bait” refers specifically to misleading headlines – meant to draw traffic, and not to the various “viral media” sites which mix hard journalism with cat videos as a group. People were “kind ” enough to point my error out oN Twitter.)