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#1 oldies1955

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:42 PM

Wanted to share some things I changed in my garb for when I go detecting in the summer.
I was able to stay a lot cooler this weekend than previous outings.
First off, I got some tan cotton cargo pants and cut them off below the knees (thrift store). That way you get some ventilation.
Next, leave your zipper open!. Hey were not out there to impress the girls:)
I also ditched the baseball cap. They just seem to hold too much heat in. I bought a cheap straw hat that fits down over my headset.
Put terry cloth on the inside of my snake gators so they would chaffe my delicate bare legs.
Found a white thin shirt at the thrift store also.
Seemed to keep cooler.....
Anyone got any other ideas????
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:57 PM

http://www.amazon.co...V9QBTCJ7WM337GS

I bought one of these little gizmo's last year.
They make one with a collar that you can put up,
I was too much in a hurry when I found this reference and didn't notice it didn't have the collar.
They are cheap.
Not too bulky.
Last quite awhile.
You have to experiment with them to find out how wet to make them for your use.
They work.

The straw hat is a good tip
also DOC sells a weird looking kind of Lawrence of Arabia hat
with flaps on the back and sides that works great too.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:28 AM

Better watch that zipper stuff Tom.
Last year while takin a leak a bee got into my pants, lucky he bit my thigh coulda been worse !!!!! :blink:
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:14 AM

31 bucks...not bad Flak, I'm curious as to how long it works. Frank that coulda been a disaster trying to explain a swollen gland after a day out prospecting, I can see it now..."is that a burro pick, in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me" :o

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:29 AM

Bucket, as you might imagine, it works longer if it's not 102 out.
But if it super hot out, it's easy to refresh, just pour a little water over it.
I also wear my pack over it so it also provides a kind of cushioning effect
on the shoulders and the pack helps slow the evaporation.
It takes a little bit of getting used to, but you know, if we're not adaptable,
we shouldn't be wandering around out in the heat unsupervised anyway, right?

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:02 AM

That's for sure Flak !! But also why a few people a year head out into the desert...and don't come back, preperation is the name of the game.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:29 AM

A wet handkerchief - place it where you need it...a must have
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:58 PM

I just jump in the pool and float all afternoon

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:07 PM

Tom , I keep my cool by not letting other people get under my skin.. Lots of cynicism in the goldfields lately, and I do my best to ignore it , and keep my cool... ;) :P

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:00 PM

Adam:
Heck, thats been going on since the 80s when I used to dredge.
Gold does funny things to people. They go nuts over a small nugget.
If you look at it honestly....you would have to find about 20 lbs to make a nice nest egg.
None of us are going to retire on what we find. :)
Just go out and have fun!
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:26 PM

Just get you a door off a 55 Chevy and carry it with you! If you get too! Hot! Roll the window down! Ha! Ha! Grubstake

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:20 PM

A 55 chevy??? Grubby...that thing would weigh a ton, just get one off a yota they are light as a feather.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:42 PM

Hunt early, quit early, look at the brite side anything above a 100 thins down the bugs and snakes. :P

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

The 55 Chevey Door works well, justr try it once! Grubstake

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:28 PM

Grubstake I tried the chevy door, I always end up with a truckers tan. :blink: ;) AzNuggetBob

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:51 AM

Ok enough hijacking this thread with jokes, Here is some file photo's of my summer rig showing what I use to stay cool.
Its a hydra-pack or Camelbak. its the same as used by the military. the center portion is a back-pack canteen bag.
They hold about 2-3 liters and I like to fill mine with ice cubes and cold water.
When their up aganst your back they really help keep you cool. Hose feed over your shoulder with a replacible bladder. They come in a bunch of different models with or without pockets.
It does not come with the belt, or my cheesy camo job, That's part of my custom hip mount rig. but they do come in a nice desert camo. AzNuggetBob

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:42 AM

Instead of ice cubes, I freeze a small water bottle and put it inside the camelback's bladder.

Stays cold/cool longer and acts as a reserve/backup.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:45 PM

Ok enough hijacking this thread with jokes, Here is some file photo's of my summer rig showing what I use to stay cool.
Its a hydra-pack or Camelbak. its the same as used by the military. the center portion is a back-pack canteen bag.
They hold about 2-3 liters and I like to fill mine with ice cubes and cold water.
When their up aganst your back they really help keep you cool. Hose feed over your shoulder with a replacible bladder. They come in a bunch of different models with or without pockets.
It does not come with the belt, or my cheesy camo job, That's part of my custom hip mount rig. but they do come in a nice desert camo. AzNuggetBob

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Bob:
Thanks!
Thats a really good idea. Will start looking for one.
I usually freeze my canteen before going out. But, I always seem to drink it all and have to come back.
That would give me a lot more water! :)
Tom H.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:26 PM

Hello Tom H.
I used to freeze my canteens too but I hated having them on my waist. allways seem to get in the way.
As you can see you can incorperate these and they do have a shoulder hook for a bungi if your swinging a Minelab GP-SD etc.

This subject came up awhile back, I could not find the old thread.
But as I recall Grubstake said he used to freeze his. maybe he will jump back in here and tell us how he does it.
Now I'm sure it would last alot longer frozen. Mine with ice cubes and cold water stays cold for about 5-6 hours depending on how hot it is outside.
These are the best thing Ive seen to beat the heat and comfortably carry more water.
Rob may even have these for sale.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:16 PM

I fill mine with half, water, half Gatoraid, freeze it overnight, and take it out first thing in the morning, I hold 100 OZ'S and it lasts all day. Grubstake




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