Pale Spruce “Safety Kit” Giveaway

A first-aid kit (FAK) is something that every backpacker should always have with them when heading outdoors (which of course, should be filled with everything that one should need to provide basic first aid should the need arise). And now, thanks to Andy Amick from Pale Spruce, I have 2 awesome “Safety Kit’s” to give away, just in time for Christmas!

Pale Spruce is a small company which was started back in 2011 by Andy in order to build safety kits (AKA: first-aid kits) for outdoor adventures. Being an avid “biker,” Andy admits that his kits are mostly focused on mountain biking, however, after looking through the ones that he provided for this giveaway, I realized that many of the items are the very same items that are in my own, personal, first-aid kit (which I use for backpacking). In my opinion, these kits are a great place for anyone to prepare their own, user specific, first-aid kit.

So, for this contest, I will be giving away one of Andy’s “GetOutThere Kits” as well as one of his “StayOutThere Kits.” The “GetOutThere” kit is a smaller kit, which was built with the intentions of using for a “day trip.” It is filled with first-aid items, personal care items and some emergency gear. These items are contained in a 4″ x 5″ water-proof Loksak. The “StayOutThere” kit is a bit larger, and built with the intention of using on multi-day trips. It is filled with many of the same items from the GetOutThere kit, plus a few more, and is contained in a water-proof 6″ x 9″ Loksak. As well, this StayOutThere kit also includes the add-on “Survival” kit which is in a smaller 4″ x 5″ water-proof Loksak. (For a full content listing of each kit, click the links above.)


So, how about the details for the giveaway…

How To Enter:
In order to win, I am asking everyone to comment on this post and tell a story about a time in which you had to use your first-aid kit while in the outdoors (whether backpacking, bikepacking, canoeing, etc…)

How To Win:
The winner of the first place prize will be decided by the “best” story about using a FAK in the outdoors. The second place winner will be drawn from a pot with everyone else’s name that entered the contest (except for the first place winner).

What Are The Prizes:
First Place: The “StayOutThere” kit (along with the Survival add-on)
Second Place: The “GetOutThere” kit

The Fine Print:
This contest is open to everyone. The deadline for the contest is Friday, December 14th, once I get home from work. At that time, my children and I will pick the “best” story, and then draw the second place winners name from the pot. Sometime that Friday night I will post the winner and request their shipping address. The kits will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail, as soon as possible. The winners will then have 72 hours to claim the prizes. Only one entry allowed per person.

So, I would like to give a huge thanks to Andy Amick for providing these awesome kits to give away. As well, I would like to thank everyone that enters for your support.

Good luck to everyone!


Disclaimer: Both, the GetOutThere & the StayOutThere kits were provided to me free of charge by Pale Spruce for the purpose of personal feedback. It was my decision to offer these kits as winnings in a giveaway. 

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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26 Responses to Pale Spruce “Safety Kit” Giveaway

  1. This gives me the security of knowing that we have enough for
    a period of time if we break down. Do you have prescription medication that
    you can’t do without for a week. Make sure the clothing can withstand the weather elements.


  2. Several years ago I had a friend named Sam. Sam was an avid backpacker and was so enthusiastic about the sport that he got me involved in it.

    Sam started dating a young lady, Dawn, and it looked like they were getting serious. I was joking around with him one day and asked him if he planned on asking Dawn to marry him. If she didn’t like backpacking then he won’t continue the relationship.

    A few weeks later we planned a weekend backpacking trip, which would be a first for Dawn. We had a great time and as we were hiking out we stopped for a rest break and Sam asked Dawn how she was doing. She said “OK, but her feet hurt a little.” Sam had her take her boots off to look at her feet.

    When she took her socks off we could clearly see why her feet hurt. The heals of her feet looked like raw hamburger. To get ready for this trip Dawn had purchased new boots and had not had time to properly break them in and so she developed massive blisters on her heals. Out came the First Aid Kits and we set about to try to repair her feet. After about 20 minutes and lots of Moleskin, we had patched up her heals and were ready to get moving again. I’ve never seen anyone as tough as that young lady. Not a moan or a groan.

    The next day I told Sam that he needed to marry because she was a real trooper. He did, and they are still married today.


  3. Mike D. says:

    On a sunny afternoon my girlfriend and I set off on one of our weekend adventures. The objective was to hike and summit three peaks (Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg) in the New York’s Catskill Mountains. We hiked up Slide mountain with little effort. After a brief rest stop, we came across a small waterfall where we refilled our bottles. We started to descend a pretty steep slope, when Shirley (girlfriend) slipped right in front of me and started to tumble down the trail. It happened so fast and so violently that I could only imagine the worse. My mind started racing and my stomach almost immediately knotted up. I rushed to her aid and to my relief she had no major injuries. She was a bit shaken up with some cuts and scrapes along her right arm and ribcage. I immediately evaluated her status and reached for my trusty first aid kit. After several minutes of cleaning, disinfecting, and dressing her wounds, she felt better. We realized how important it is to have a well equipped first aid kit. Funny enough, earlier in the day we had a small argument and weren’t in talking terms (to say she stopped talking to me). Afterward, it was as if we never had a disagreement. There’s nothing like a traumatic experience to put things in to prospective. Unfortunately with bruised knees, we decided to turn back and cut our trip short. It’s a day will we always remember.

    By the way, your children are adorable.
    Keep up the quality work.
    ~Mike D.


  4. SusanH says:

    The only time I’ve had to use first aid was with a rolled ankle. Thank goodness I brought the tape even though it was the heaviest thing in the kit. Unfortunately I spent so much time afterwards looking at the ground to avoid another sprain I got off trail and got a little bit lost!


  5. Joe Perez says:

    Hi I like watching your videos and found your blog to be one of the best on the net.
    I don’t have a story as to when I used a first aide kit … but one time on a bike ride I went over the handle bars and end up ripping my arm open blood everwhere what a site people just spot to see what happen but no one had a first aide kit with them the tire on the bike went flat so I had to walk about three miles back to my truck bleeding all the way. Haha I wished that I had had a first aide kit or that one of all the people that did stop had had one to help me. I am about to start going on adventures like the noe,s that you do. I was smashed in a work injury last year and it has took all this time to recover. I have the backpacking bug and starter making plans to go for two or three day trips.I live in California and want to section hike parts of the PCT starting next year.
    I hope I win the first aide kit but hope that I never need to use it…
    Thank you for all of the time you spent on your blog and shairing your life and times with us

    Thank you
    OSO aka


  6. stephen meggs says:

    while i was on a weekend getaway on the pinhoti loop, i boiled some water for a mountain house meal with an alcohol stove. at that time i was using a GSI minamalist cookpot (no handle). well, it was about 31 degrees at the time and i had on a pair of polyester gloves. while i was pouring the boiling water into the pack some of the water saturated my right fingertip. i felt the heat and immeadiately started easing the pot down, being careful not to spill the meal since it was my only supper. by the time i could get the supertight glove off i had a second degree burn on my right finger. the first thing i did was run to the creek and drop it in the freezing water. this was a huge relief of the pain, especially since the water was freezing cold. that night i slept with a nose and a finger sticking out of my bag, because the 23 degree air soothed my finger. i wonder how that looked? the next morning i used my first aid kit to cover my finger that had balooned to three times its normal size. i wrapped it with bandaids and some white athletic tape. this made me able to grip my pole and not feel much pain. i hiked out with no problem. now when boiling water i am supercareful and i have since ditched the minamalist.

    stephen from tuscaloosa


  7. Hikin' Jim says:

    I went out to Santa Cruz Island for a hike. It was really hot, and after the hike, the nice cool ocean was calling me. I went for a nice swim, and everything was fine… until I reached out to steady myself on a rock as a wave came in. There was a sea urchin on the rock, and my hand came away filled with spines. It was one of the most painful things I’ve experienced. Fortunately, I had some tweezers in my first aid kit, and a buddy helped me pull out most of the spines. I had to go to an emergency room later on that day, but the tweezers helped me get 90% of the spines — and prevented the spines I pulled out from going in any deeper.

    Two tips here; Avoid sea urchins and carry a first aid kit.



  8. Tollermom says:

    I was hiking down from the world famous mountain biking Flume Trail in Tahoe with a group of friends. We were about 4 miles from the finish near Incline Village when we came across a mountain biker who had crashed and had broken her collar bone. I was able to rummage through my kit to provide someTylenol. We left her in the care of a couple other bikers knowing paramedics were on the way. It wasn’t until I was another couple miles down the trail when I remembered I had a gel ice pack in the bottom of my pack. I wished all my first aid items were all in one kit so I could have provided that to her. 😦


  9. Loneoak says:

    So far this year, I have fallen on a moving chainsaw which resulted in only 12 stitches thank goodness and has healed up fine. Less than a month later, I fell on a double bladed axe and got a good gash in the palm of the same hand, more painful than the chainsaw cut and needed stitches but that was not in the cards. Healing slowly but for sure on the mend. Both times I was lucky enough to be around others who quickly got the bleeding stopped and had some gauze handy, along with some medical tape. On the other hand, if I had been alone hiking, I may have been in trouble.
    I’m usually not so unlucky but for some reason, this fall has now worked out good for me and just think Chad, you have invited me to go hiking….. LOL Be prepared if I ever get the chance to tag along on a hike with you, I will probably be the one who falls and needs some kind of first aid 🙂
    Best of luck to all who enter


  10. Hector Cortes says:

    With some years of hiking experience I have been blessed for not having the opportunity to use my home made first aid kit yet.


  11. Todd says:

    I must be too careful when I’m outdoors. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the woods as a kid and now as a parent I’ve yet to ever need a first aid kit. Have to admit I’m happy about that.


  12. randyamos1 says:

    On the last night of a 3 day backpacking trip, we had decided to try Zaterain’s black beans and rice with chicken on this trip. After letting it sit in the pot coozie for about 15 minutes we decided it was just not getting thick enough so I added it back to the pot to boil just a little longer. After boiling for a couple more minutes it was starting to thicken up so I went to pull it off the stove. Now when it was just the just the water the pot was only half full but add the black beans and rice mixture and it was full to brim. In my great wisdom pulling the pot off the stove I moved it across my knee to place on a flat stone just to my right. In doing so I lost my balance just enough to pour a stream of boiling water across the top of my leg right above my knee. I had instant blisters and a nice dark red burn about 2 inches wide that went from the inside on my leg all the way across to the outside of my leg. It took all of the gauze we had in the first aid kit, and both packages of burn cream, along with a few dozen “&$@*%##$&&” and our ace bandage but I got it all covered. The next morning I put the remaining antibiotic cream we had left wrapped it back up and hiked the 4 miles back to the car. That was in April this year and I still have a slight “tan line” from it. Everything worked out fine other than a week of discomfort and a nice reminder of how quick something can happen, but I am sure glad I had the first aid kit on that trip. On a side note the black beans and rice did turn out great, but I’m not sure we will be having that meal again anytime soon.


  13. Mart says:

    This year on a week long trek in Ireland, through the Wicklow Mountains, heavy winds and non-stop rains, a failing bivvybag and constant wet feet, led to the skin on my left little toe to completely come off, used up my whole minimal ifak to get myself to Westport using up all my ductape and gauze


  14. Don Milligan says:

    A few years ago my son Logan and I were fishing, day hiking from a base camp on Tonto creek in Northern Arizona, the site has recently (2012) been closed to campers due to repeated bear attacks.
    After having our fun for two days & nights as usual we had to return back home to Phoenix and started to break down the camp and pack-up for the drive back.

    As we were finishing up we both took out some Dr Pepper’s and sat down for a break and chat with a group of retired women that were out testing their brand new self contained RV that was parked right next to us, you see while we were out hiking and fishing we gathered some wild berries for the ladies and they became instant friends with us and wanted to share their food with us.
    After awhile all of this female attention was getting a bit much so we exchange a knowing glance and said at the same time “lets get the heck outta here”.

    While we scramble to get the last bit of gear into the car we left our soda’s unattended a that was our mistake. My son grabbed his soda took a big swig and let out a holler, what we didn’t realize it that bees had flown into our sodas, he was stung right smack in the middle of his tongue and instantly it started to swell so I broke out my trusty med kit to save the day with some antihistamines as I know the epinephrine part of it helps the symptoms and since it was on his tongue I was worried his throat would close.

    Problem: My med kit didn’t have any antihistamines as we had used it before for allergies and I didn’t restock.

    Good thing we had been nice to the ladies next door to use they had been watching the whole time out of their humungous RV window and came to the rescue, and before I could get to town his symptoms were gone.

    Moral of the story, carry a kit, restock it and be very nice to your neighbors.


  15. Luke says:

    Although not entirely an outdoor story, the event required use of my handy, although perhaps lacking, first aid kit furnished for hiking purposes. It was a day like any other day, simply going through the busy toils of being a law student. Following my classes and being thrilled that I had a spare bit of time on my hands, I prepared myself to embark on a short day hike. As I walked into the kitchen to hydrate myself before my departure, I noticed that something was amiss when a cabinet had been left ajar. Upon further inspection, I discovered that my cat, a very mischievous little feline, crept into my cupboard on her own personal spelunking adventure. Keep in mind, my cat is very fond of what I consider “gravity tests,” which pertains to the joy she gets when tossing my items off ledges just to see them hit the ground. I suppose she had some time on her hands while I was in class, since she managed to hurl a glass or two out of my cupboard and onto the kitchen floor, littering the scene with plenty sharp shards of glass.

    After my discovery of the mess, I of course cussed a bit, but knew my cat was only doing what cats do, being a curious little creature. It took some time, but I believed that I thoroughly cleaned the mess and averted any sort of disaster. However, I waltzed back into my kitchen wearing my wool hiking socks, quickly discovering that my assessment of the situation was lacking. Again I uttered some inappropriate words, most likely freaking out the upstairs neighbors (not an atypical occurrence). To my surprise, I looked downward to spot a nice trail of red ruby blood smeared across my floor. Quickly the wound on the bottom of my foot, produced by a large spike-like fragment of glass, bled all over the linoleum, reminiscent of a police taped homicide scene. In only a short duration of time, my small kitchen had been splattered with blood and a short trail led onto the carpet to my dining room table.

    At this time, I was slightly alarmed. The blood continued to gush from my foot, leaving splotches all over my carpet which still exist to this day. In the back of my mind, I knew it would prove to be an arduous task to drive to the emergency room get stitches, especially since my fiance was already at the hospital for an emergency pertaining to her mother’s apendicitis. No easy transportation available! Therefore, there was only one thing to do, bust out first aid kit from my prepared day kit. Using my crude first aid kit, I taped the wound shut with some butterfly bandages, followed by a multitude of bandaids. To top the dressing off, I wrapped my entire foot in ducktape. Success! Even if my foot gushed blood for some time, at least I wouldn’t have to look at the bloody mess was making!

    I became discouraged since I was not going to be able to depart on my day hike. I knew that the wound would only worsen, even on a short trek. However, I became disgusted with my lazy self and did what any self-respecting fitness freak would do. I hopped in my car, went to the gym, and proceeded to squat 400lbs on my freshly shredded foot. Do not fret! The ducktape held in a miraculous fashion. Today, I have a sweet scar on the bottom of my foot that feels tough due to the scar tissue that formed underneath the skin! Thank goodness for that cheap Coughlans first aid kit – no need to waste time getting proper medical treatment!

    Thanks for the entry!


    • Luke says:

      Oh, forgot to mention. You may ask, what happened to that poor sock? Well, as any self respecting dabbler of DIY, I washed that blood soaked thing, sewed up the hole, and still wear it to this day! I guess that’s why they call them “Darn Tough” socks!


  16. Bob says:

    Hi Stick. I enjoy your reviews as it provides me with source for checking out cottage items that I may or have considered for purchase. I have yet to use my first aid kit within an emergency context. I do however utilize my ear plugs and Tylenol PM for sleep aid.


  17. Steven says:

    Not really first aid so much as survival, but I used the Duck tape that I had wrapped around my trekking poles to make a pair of makeshift shoes. I had purchased a pair of Vibram barefoot shoes to take on a 2 night out an back trip. The shoes were great until they got wet. I had a pair of wool socks with me but since my only pair of shoes were the vibrams with toes, that didn’t really do me much good. I spent hours around camp with wet and soggy feet, trying to dry out the shoes in the sun and by the fire, but neither was working. Finally at about 8PM the second night, I remembered that I had my wool socks, but how could I keep them from getting wet from the ground. I looked over at my poles leaning on the tree and it hit me. I went to the tent to get my socks and began taping the bottoms with the duck tape. My buddies were all laughing at me and wondering what it was I was doing. If a few minutes I had on dry and warm footwear. I couldn’t have been more happy or relieved. And to think, when I was wrapping the duck tape on the poles, I had the thought of “you never know, just in case.” Needless to say, I will never leave on another trip without my duck tape!


  18. I carry a pretty small group first aid kit on our outings with my son’s Cub Scout Pack, but I stock a lot of extra band-aids in various designs (Sponge Bob, Hello Kitty — for little sisters, Scooby Doo, etc.) as that’s by far what I use most. On one campout, a young Scout fell and scraped his hand on a rock. He was pretty upset, and I talked to him as I cleaned it out to calm him down. One of the things I told him was that the band-aids I have in my FAK have special powers and they would give HIM special powers, too. Well, that perked him right up, and he pretty much forgot about his scrape as we talked about what sort of special powers he might get from the band-aid. What I didn’t realize is that there were about a dozen kids standing behind me, also listening to the story about the “magic” band-aids. Perhaps needless to say, I had to restock my band-aid supply, as they ALL wanted “magic” band-aids that would give them “super powers.”


  19. David Harrer says:

    My Wife and I were out camping in Virginia when while getting ready to make coffee she poured a whole canteen cup full of boiling water on her thigh witch started to blister and turn red instantly. Thankfully I had my emergency medical kit in my back pack and I treated her burns on the spot with burn cream and clean gauze. After we packed out and made our way to the emergency room the attending doctor told me I did a great job with my Field dressing and wound care witch made me happy. It has since healed and didn’t Even leave a scar.


  20. Pat Smith says:

    2 years ago, I was camping in Brown County Indiana. On my first night there, I ran into a young couple. The man had no shoes on. He also had his shirt wrapped around one of his feet.. come to find out, he had tripped and broke one of his sandals and tore off his big toenail completely. They had no first aid kit so they just wrapped his shirt around his toe and were walking out. They were very grateful for my first aid kit and even more for my camp flip flops that I gave them.


  21. Shane Waits says:

    First Aid Kit –

    A few months back, I was going to a group hang. (camp) I usually pre-pack pretty good, however this time I had to work out of town for a week before camping. I have a “decent’ homemade kit and realized 3 days into the work week I had forgotten to grab it. It just so happened that we had a truck going from my home office to the sister plant I was at the next day. After a few phone calls, I had a coworker go to my house and send it over. I wasn’t too concerned, since I never had to use it before.

    At the camp we had planned on the group going kayaking together. Two of us had gotten left behind. I figured I’d just go hiking and not worry about it. The other (an older lady) was determined to go and I couldn’t let her go on her own. We got down to the put in and away we went (her dog was with her as well). 2 miles into a 5 mile float she ended up side swiping a “strainer” and flipped. Somehow I was able to push my boat aside and get them untangled and out. Everyone was ok with the exception of scratches, bruises, and pride. Although it was cold and I did have fire starters in my the kit we dried off as best we could got her “gauzed up” and proceeded. It was the first time I ever did have a real need for it and am glad it all played out like it did.

    This wasn’t a case of a first aid kit “rescue” but it has sure instilled in me the importance of bringing one along.(accidents are never planned) I could have just as easily shrugged off the thought when I first realized I didn’t have it. But, something (or more like someone above) had to have been tapping my shoulder saying “Hey you, don’t forget that red box”.

    Always remember to pack it, or better yet, never unpack it!



  22. Patrick Gregory says:

    One time I was on a trip to south mountain which is in North Carolina . This was a Boy Scout trip and on of the younger scouts had brought a bass lure with several treval hooks on it trying to catch trout. After the scout figured out that the trout weren’t attracted to the lure but rather scared of it, he put it in his side pocket of his backpack. The next morning as we were packing up to head out he feel over a log and hit his backpack. With this impact he let out a scream. Some how the lure had gotten hooked to his leg. So we had to break out the first aid kit. First we tried to stick the hook through the other side of the skin. After we succeeded when the tried to cut of the barb, but we found our wire cutters to be to big for the hook. So instead we cut off the eye of the hook and slid it out. Then we cleaned the wound up and bandaged it. I still respect this younger scout for his reaction to all this becuse he really stuck in there and was a tough lil kid.


  23. Chad Ashton says:

    Luckily I’ve never had or been around a serious injury on the trail, but there’s been plenty of times I’ve rode my mountain bike back to the car battered and bloody. A first aid kit in my hydration kit would have been handy. I do keep a small homemade kit in my hiking pack though, especially when out with the kids. As you probably know all so well, even the smallest boo-boo usually requires band-aid, wrapping, splints, borderline surgical intervention when it comes to the young-ins’. Being a first responder (cop by trade, vollie firefighter on the side) I do have the opportunity to see a lot of things out in the field and it definitely pays to have training and equipment available.


  24. Joe Tucker says:


    Oops! I meant Providence Canyon not Cloudland Canyon, which is a great place too.


  25. Joe Tucker says:

    My ten year old son and I went on a backpacking trip to Cloudland Canyon, which has tons of sand and water. We hiked about 5 miles before setting up camp. My son complained of a cut on his heal so I broke out The Adventure Medical Kit to clean and bandage it up. After moving around camp for a bit and watching my son establish his first Flint and Steel fire in the rain, he complained because the bandage would not stay put. So of course I had to break out the big guns “duct tape”, which I rapped in a figure eight on his heel. He thought it was kind of strange, but I told him it would work. We hiked two more miles in and around the canyon that night. We hiked another five miles back to the car the next morning and my son never complained of his heel again.
    Thank you, duct tape. We will never leave home without it.


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