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Neck Lanyard
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Neck Lanyard on 11/08/2006 22:56:29 MST Print View

I'd like to know who among you uses a neck lanyard to keep stuff handy in the following scenarios:

1. While trekking
2. While camping
3. Both

What is on your lanyard?

I use a lanyard for fly fishing a lot - it contains my floatant, tippet spools, nippers, split shot, and strike indicators.

I have at one time or another used a neck lanyard for backpacking to keep handy a whistle, a Photon light, firestarting tool, compass, and a tiny knife like the Swiss Army Classic. But, never at the same time.

Do you have multiple lanyards? What's the most usable purpose of a lanyard? What's your lanyard type/material?!

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 00:50:42 MST Print View

when backpacking, i have a lanyard around my neck pretty much 24/7. it's a short length of Kelty triptease. i keep a whistle, LED squeeze light, mini Swiss Army knife and a mini compass on it. well, i actually need to get a new compass for it, so at the moment that part is missing.

the idea behind it is that i have a few handy things on my person at all times, just in case i do something stupid like walk away from my pack and get lost (hasn't happened yet, hope it never does).

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 02:03:53 MST Print View

Trekking: no neck lanyard, but i do hang a whistle and a very tiny compass (from off the top of the grip of an old, broken Komperdell trekking pole) from some lightweight cord from a makeshift bungee sternum strap on pack.

Edited by pj on 11/09/2006 02:04:29 MST.

Neil Johnstone
(nsjohnstone) - MLife
Neck lanyard on 11/09/2006 02:27:11 MST Print View

Whistle at all times, compass some of the time - depending on whether the outer layer I am wearing has pockets or not.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Re: what's on neck lanyard on 11/09/2006 02:27:55 MST Print View

This might not be the expected "survival gear" answer; I keep a digital camera (Casio EXZ750) on a soft cell-phone strap around my neck. It keeps the camera inside my shell out of the rain between pictures, thus doesn't require a belt pouch, and allows me to get a picture within about 5 seconds for elusive targets such as this unknown snake (any ideas what it was?). The survival gear others frequently carry on a neck lanyard is in my pocket, as a Ritter Pocket Survival Pack.
See my previous post on the 750 if interested.
Doug's survival gear snake

(dealtoyo) - F

Locale: Mt Hood
Re: what's on neck lanyard on 11/09/2006 02:42:49 MST Print View

ACR whistle, Photon light, and Dermatone lip balm. Buy the lip balm with the biner, remove the biner and split ring, and run your lanyard through the cap. As long as the cap is in good condition you can just purchase the regular lip balm without the biner and save a couple of bucks on your replacements.

Jeroen Wesselman
(jeroenman) - F

Locale: Europe
Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 04:46:03 MST Print View

During trekking a ACR whistle on Gossamer Gear Spectra 3 cord and in camp I replace it for a lanyard with my Photon Freedom which I also wear during sleeping so I always know where my light is.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 07:32:15 MST Print View

While trekking I normally keep a whistle, PT Pulsar (like a Photon), and a small Swiss Army Knife on a lanyard. The lanyard is some kind of twisted kevlar/nlyon stuff that Ron used to send as guyline for the MLD tarps. I carry a compass and my camera in my pants pockets.


Jonathan Chiappa
(chiappaj) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 07:48:04 MST Print View

I carry the whistle from the Doug Ritter Survival pack, white photon, classic swiss army knife, and a mini bic with a small piece of string duct taped as a loop.

The lanyard is about 8ft of braided paracord.

I have it on at all times figuring it covers the basics. I keep expecting the bulk to annoy me but it's forgotten 5 min. after I put it on. (I keep it under my shirt so it doesn't move around.) Also, most of the pants I hike in don't have pockets, or you can't use them, so a lanyard is one of the few ways I can carry something seperate from my pack.

Edited by chiappaj on 11/09/2006 07:52:10 MST.

(jhaura) - F

Locale: Trail
Re: Breakaway Lanyard on 11/09/2006 09:06:31 MST Print View

A breakaway lanyard is a good safety consideration. Aircore can cut like wire if pulled hard enough.

I like the beaded chain with aircore3 over it or paracord (inner line removed) over it. Where the connector it the paracord/aircore ends.

Here's a link to breakaway lanyard supplies:

Here's a how to:

On my lanyard I carry two items 24/7: ARC whistle, Photon Freedom.

Laurence Daniels
(GNR) - F

Locale: Boston
RE: Lanyard on 11/09/2006 09:19:07 MST Print View

My wife keeps me on one so as to keep me from buying more gear.

I keep my whistle on in bear country, but generally, I don't like the feel of anything around my neck. Handy items I keep in a zippered pocket in my shorts/pants.

Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
medical card on 11/09/2006 09:53:26 MST Print View

Very good replies. I can only add a little laminated card with my name, emergency contacts, blood type, allegeries, medical conditions, and insurance information. Kind of like an expanded dog tag.

Frank Perkins

Locale: North East
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 10:11:09 MST Print View

I have a few things on a biner that I keep clipped to my pack while hiking or around my belt loop while in camp:

- ACR whistle
- Photon light
- Brunton Keyring Weather Compass Model 9045
- Gerber Microlight LST Knife

Edited by fperkins on 11/09/2006 14:33:46 MST.

Eric Eaton
(ericeaton) - F
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 13:01:27 MST Print View

I hate neck lanyards – at least around my neck. (Maybe it’s related to some occluded prenatal umbilical chord mishap or something). Anyway, attached to the wrist rest of my hiking staff on a removable clip is a Photon Freedom, and a one of those tiny Swiss Army knives.

My current hiking staff is a bamboo flute with a rubber bottom bumper, compass built into the top, and a piece of grosgrain for a wrist rest. I don’t mind its ten ounces, as I am quite a flute player and often serenade the wilderness in the evenings. It also does double duty as a poncho-tarp ridgeline support and a very fine signaling instrument if needed.

Is it the Bach Lute Suite or the Telemann Fantasias that mean SOS? I keep forgetting.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Bamboo Flute via Neck alnyard on 11/09/2006 14:43:02 MST Print View

"My current hiking staff is a bamboo flute with a rubber bottom bumper".

I've got one too. Made for me by Romy Benton of Portland, OR. Mine's in the key of D. He made me a dijeriedoo in D, also.

(RobertM2S) - M

Locale: Lake Tahoe
Re: Nippers on 11/09/2006 16:25:55 MST Print View

Unlike Dr. Jordan, I don't attach my nippers to a lanyard. Instead, I make the wifie and our little ankle nippers carry all the gear, while I saunter along behind, practicing SUL backpacking.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 16:35:20 MST Print View

I loop mine around my belt and drop the goodies in my pocket rather than around my neck.

Inova LED micro light
Colibri windpoof butane lighter
Bucklite Mini multitool
Aluminum match safe with matches and "no blow out" birthday candles
ACR whistle
Silva keychain compass

When I travel or commute, I carry a little ditty bag of essentials in my day pack. I always have some sort of small pocket knife or mini-multitool.

Edited by dwambaugh on 11/09/2006 16:37:12 MST.

Mitchell Keil
(mitchellkeil) - F

Locale: Deep in the OC
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 16:56:32 MST Print View

Guess being a sailor I practice the seaman's law: never wear anything around the neck. So, while on trail I do not carry anything around my neck. I carry my sunscreen, small knife, bug spray tissues, compass and whistle in a small pouch looped around my chest strap. In camp I wear the lanyard that came with my Feedom light and add the arc whistle. That's it.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Neck Lanyard on 11/09/2006 17:29:59 MST Print View

This has been an interesting exercise. I'll try to summarize where we're at:

1. Where do you keep essentials handy?

- Pocket(s)
- Lanyard
- Trekking Pole
- Belt (Pouch)
- Pack Strap (Pouch or Clip)

2. What essentials do you keep handy?

- Compass
- Firestarter
- Sun balm
- Whistle
- Pocketknife
- LED light
- Bug dope
- Camera
- Water treatment chemicals (my addition)

Obviously all of these cannot be worn around your neck at once!

What I'm trying to accomplish personally is to simplify my kit. I don't want all my minor essentials split between trekking poles, lanyard, pack straps, belt pouch, and pockets!

So, I'm asking myself, what do I want accessible while hiking, and what do I want accessible while camping:


- camera, compass, lip balm, bug dope, water treatment, whistle, LED light, pocketknife


- camera, lip balm, bug dope, water treatment, firestarter, LED light, whistle, pocketknife

Note the crossover here:

Camping & Hiking:

- camera, lip balm, bug dope, water treatment, whistle, LED light, pocketknife

Camping only:

- firestarter

Hiking only:

- compass


- compass, whistle, light, knife, firestarter

I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, just sort of analyzing out loud!

Edited by ryan on 11/09/2006 17:33:45 MST.

Don Wilson
(don) - MLife

Locale: Koyukuk River, Alaska
Name that snake on 11/09/2006 17:45:11 MST Print View

Hey Brett -

I was a herpetologist in another life, before BPL.

Beautiful snake. The snake in question is a rat snake, genus Elaphe. Probably of the most common species in the US, E. obsoleta. We could nail it down pretty easily - where did you take the photo?