Looks like a great way to spend some time with your family mate, it's those kind of adventures that make for the best memories later.About DEET, I would go for a Swisschamp with a glass magnifier lens, since I've seen the effect of DEET on things like a screenprotector for my camera (you know, those transparant foil protector thing's you put on a screen from a smartphone or camera), half of it got blurred with only one stupid swipe from a fingertip which made contact with DEET some time before. I've seen the same thing happen to the protective cover for my Garmin GPS map60csx...DEET has some powerfull destructive capabilities, and I try to use more natural stuff, like Aloha said.
Thank you everybody, for your kind replies.I’m still pondering how we’re going to pull this off as successfully as possible. I’m now leaning toward having my daughter using my custom orange G-10 Swisschamp with the old style glass magnifier, and me using the black SwissChamp with old style glass magnifier.I did a test on some old Vic scales, and the cellidor is definitely an issue with the DEET. So I’ve purchased some replacement scales. Nylon is not supposed to be reactive with DEET, so I’ve put an old economy line Vic Climber on order, so I can test out the ecoline nylon scales. I’ve also made a deal with the devil, and placed some G-10 scales on order. None of the replacement scales are “plus” scales, so I’ll be losing the pen and pin, but the trade off in durability seems worth the loss. I’ll report back on how I make out with the new scale options.The new Warthog SwissChamp should arrive tomorrow. The plan is to EDC it for the next couple weeks, using various carry methods, to see what works out best. I have a few belt sheaths to try out, and a number of lanyards and belt hangers as well. It’s entirely possible that my daughter will end up using a fanny pack of some sort, since she rarely if ever uses a belt, and often wears girl’s shorts with no pockets whatsoever.
I love the Adirondacks and sure it will be a great experience. Will you be doing any of the high peaks? I haven’t done it in a long time, but Avalanche Pass and Algonquin were my favorites.
For a 13 year old girl, the knife blades are really a very small part of the fun. Tools like the magnifier, ruler, fish scaler, scissors and package hook show far more potential for creativity. Pretty much all the tools that I normally wouldn’t bother to carry outdoors, are a source of wonder to a kid. With that said, I will be bringing my OC Farmer along in my pack. I can’t imagine not having it with me, even if it isn’t directly needed. It’s a comfort item really. I trust the Farmer implicitly. We will definitely be taking tons of pictures, and doing some drawing as well. I make journals for each one of our vacations, and this will be no different. Last summer, my daughter did a series of drawings in my journal, which I hope she’ll do again this year.
My experience with deet was never good but it works kind of. I have had good luck with garlic. Both eating lots of it & rubbing garlic juice on the skin. Peel all the cloves in a head of garlic & put them in a blender full of water. Blend until completely pulverized then mix with a gallon of water. Works wonderfuly at holding the Texas mosquitos at bay. Of course you go around smelling like an Italian restaurant. ..........
As someone who regularly carries a Mountaineer with the new metal file, I can confirm that, while it is noticeably more aggressive that a standard nail file, it still works absolutely fine on fingernails.
I had both the Dual and Single pouches. I traded off the Dual . My single sheath is very nice. I hope you will find your SOS sheath to be what you expect. I like leather personally. I do appreciate all you said about Cordura. My other SC is in a leather sheath that is really snug. Its not a legit Vic sheath tho . I thought it was cool since it had the emblem.