Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Plea for Assistance

Hi All,

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I'm working with a company to develop an online camping supply store.  The store would employ developmentally disabled adults. I have nothing to gain financially in this venture.  I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities for years and it is something that I am passionate about.  They are some of my best friends and some of the most caring and forgiving people that I've ever met.

We're in the idea stage at the moment.  We're trying to decide what our demographic will be and what sort of products to offer. This is where I need your help.  I need to know what you want to see in this kind of store.  Product, brand names, ideas.....whatever. 

Please, please, please....comment below or email me at .

I thank you in advance.

Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,

Mike, Oscar, Hotel.......out.


  1. Looking for a reliable place to get Mora knives. I've ordered several from other places and usually get a backorder message. I'd love to be able to tell friends that there is a reliable supply.

    Good luck on your endeavor. One of my best friends is Downs Syndrome and she is the best hearted person I know. She always gives me something to shoot for.

  2. I have to agree with the Mora knives, I would really like to see a bit more of the classic #1 and #2 sets (birch handles I think). And, if it were at all possible, a place to find some decent axes or axe heads that won't break the bank; maybe a good Hudson Bay style. Oh, and (I don't know how) but I would love to see an axe handle supply company that could be trusted i.e. I would'nt worry about looking at it to check grain. Now, I know this is pretty vague but these are definitely some things that rack me when I check online for something. Way to expensive stuff, or lack of confidence in product.

  3. Like others have said, you can't go wrong with Moras. Also, Victorinox SAKs are a solid bet. 550 cord in various colors, first aid supplies, signal mirrors, bandanas, water purification tabs. Just off the top of my head here, but these are things I would buy.

  4. That's a great thing your doing
    Fire steels, Spork type utensils and Sierra cups.

  5. I would start by having a selection of reasonably-priced gear that lots of people can use: Opinels, Moras, Fiskars axes/hatchets, generic firesteels, stainless pots/sporks, medium-quality tarps, paracard, other cord, do-dads (whistles, flashlights, emergency stuff, survival stuff), a few sleeping bags, some new and military surplus backpacks, canteens etc. In other words, offer a few low- to mid-priced items in each area of bushcraft/camping so people have some choice.

    Call the store "Bushcraft on a Budget". ;) Maybe one selling point would be that you only sell items below a certain dollar value, which would be attractive to young people and people in general on a low budget (they know they can come to you and gets loads of stuff on the cheap).


  6. I would add Pocket Cookers into my shops shelf. Sells well,its economic,easy to use and just about awesome,and doesnt break anyones bank.

    Firesteels with just an drilled lanyard hole in the blank.

    GSI Glacier cups or similar compact cups that can be used on campfire.

    Small belt pouches,that are suitable for use as firt aid kit,possibles pouch and survival kit. Plain and simple,green/camo/brown/black,not that nonsense over-priced tactical stuff.

  7. Vintage axes and crosscut saws!

  8. Mum the Moose KillerFebruary 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Blankets/clothing/socks/mittens of wool as well as polar fleece for the cold weather. Wool keeps you warm even if it's wet!

  9. Wool shirts and hats. Everybody loves them, and they sell like hotcakes.