Thursday, November 20, 2008

Handy gear for Diving in

I had a friend ask me the other day what I wear when I set out to scavenge treasures. The obvious answer… “Clothes!” It really doesn’t matter what you wear when you go diving but here are some items you may want to consider bringing with.

Probably your most important choice would be a good pair of steel-toed boots. The kind with a steel shank is best as many skips contain broken glass, nails, and an array of other sharp objects. Most often, you dive in foot first so protect your little pigs.
Gloves are another important article to consider. Many people will choose a pair of thick leather gloves however if you’re vegan, as I am, you can pick up a good pair of fitted work gloves. These gloves have a thick poly/foam coating on the inside and breathable cotton tops to allow your hands to breath. They also have the added benefit of being machine washable for when the deed is done.

A stick. Though not a necessity I find a stick with a bent nail in the end is a great way to explore the inside of a skip without having to actually dive in. This tool has the added benefit of doubling as a means of intimidation if any thugs should decide to give you a rough time in a darkened alley.

A milk crate. These aren’t always that easy to find but if you do stumble upon one this can truly be a lifesaver. The depth of a dumpster can sometimes be deceiving and before you know it, you find yourself at the bottom with no way to climb out. Having a crate to stand on can sometimes make up for any vertical shortcomings. This is also a pretty good reason you should bring a friend.

Lastly dress for the mess. Dumpsters are by no means a sterile environment. Dress warm and dress in that which you may eventually throw in a dumpster yourself. No sense in taking the chance you won’t get any on you, cause you will.

Here are some other items that come in handy… A draw string bag you can attach to your beltloop for packing out small items, a flashlight is a great companion - bring extra batteries, a locking jack-knife, and side cutters.
So, with your new attire and you arsenal of important items set forth and have fun, just keep in mind these basic rules while hunting…

Safety - You want to live to tell your friends about your treasure.
Ethics - Leave the area cleaner than when you arrived and always respect public and private property
Educate - Increase awareness with yourself and others.
Pride - When approached remain confident, you have nothing to hide.

1 comment:

bicycledays said...

thanks, very educational! dumpster divers unite!