At the EdTech conference this year the theme was “A High Tech Adventure!” Some of the conference staff were wearing camo, and camping gear made up most of the floor displays. The vendors always give away some freebies – usually pens and pencils, with a T-shirt being the high end of the spectrum. This year mini-carabiners were hot items. At the awards banquet each of the attendees were given one with a compass.
I love these little ‘biners. They are great for kayaking – attaching dry bags to bungie cords, etc, etc. However, one of the more interesting giveaways was the Survival Bracelet.
These are woven bracelets with about 8 feet of paracord. The cord can be unwound in case of emergency. I guess you could use it to tie down a shelter, set a snare, or in an extreme case tie a noose. The conference store had extras for sale, including kits that you could put together yourself.
I had seen these at outfitter stores, and even at the occasional quick stop shop. They seem to be popular right now. I thought it was a cool idea, but didn’t think I’d buy or wear one. However, after I got mine at the conference I decided I would give it a shot…
I figured that when I got to the end of my rope, it would remind me that I have at least a bit more, and I can make it. Maybe I can do more with it than just tying a noose. 😉