This is in a response to a recent thread, but I thought it might better stand on it's own. There is always the possibility of not finding one's way back to the car after a shoot, and having to spend a night out or worse yet, suffering an injury. Being alone, lost, and injured in a wild place is a serious matter and its easy to suppose we'd have a first aid kit, GPS or compass and topo map of every area we're driving through and all sorts of other survival gear with us as a matter of course. Not! At least not while on a short jaunt from the car. I find that carrying a LF camera, holders, tripod, and the rest of the needed photo gear is about as much as I'd realistically be carrying on a short hike. As a habit, I always have a book of matches, a mini mag-light, and a leatherman or swiss army knife(not for killing chargeing panthers, but for tightening screws and cutting sandwiches and apples)a spare pair of socks, and a light jacket in the small day pack that I use to carry film holders, light meter, lens, dark cloth and filters etc... So my question is this: What items in a Large Format kit can be employed in a survival scenario? This isn't as hokey as it sounds as a person often is unaware of the resources they have at hand when confronted with an unplanned night out. Heres my contribution: Unscrewing a lens element to use as a magnifying glass to start a fire. A tripod leg can also be a crutch or splint. A sheet of film can splint smaller areas like fingers. Pages from a note book for tinder for fire starting. Dark cloth can be torn into strips for splinting, or, white side out it can be rigged into a burnoose to protect against the sun. What would you add to the list? --------------Cheers!