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The Perfect Survival Kit Contest



woodsmonkeyico85x85IMG_1067aUpdate! We’ve added a couple of pictures of a knife similar to the one we’re giving away as the grand prize for the contest.  Also, Scott Wickham of Scott’s Knots has offered a free lanyard and survival bracelet to go with the grand prize as well. Okay, it’s time.  You’ve got the weekend in front of you and it’s time to show off your knowledge and skills.  Woods Monkey is proud to present The Perfect Survival Kit Contest! The contest will run the entire month of May, so that should give you plenty of time to get your thoughts together.  You’ve visted the forums, heard the debates, and have probably tried to make your own kit to take out in the wilderness to rely upon in case of an emergency.  Well, now, you get to show us your kit in order to sell us and the rest of the Woods Monkey audience members why yours is the best.  The question you must answer is “What are the twenty best items I can include in my kit for long-term (more than a week) survival usage?” But, there are a few guidelines you need to follow, and we’re sure you’d like to know what prize is up for grabs!

IMG_1060aFirst, let’s talk about the prize.  Many of you have probably heard of Charles May Knives.  If you haven’t, you need to catch up, because Charlie does some of the best custom blade work we’ve seen.  He has a vast variety of designs to his credit, and his work is beyond reproach.  Charlie has had his knives in Tactical Knives magazine, and he’s got quite a waiting list of folks looking to get one of his blades.  That said, we will be offering Charlie’s OSK-1 knife to the winner of this contest.  The OSK-1 came about as a result of input from a large number of outdoors people over at Knife Forums about the particular attributes they like in a blade including steel type, length, point construction, and so forth.  The design was drawn up by Terrill Hoffman, and Charlie was commissioned to make the knife.  The rest, as they say, is history.  The OSK-1 retails for around $320.00 depending on materials, and it’s a great tool to throw in your kit or strap on to your belt for a day out in the woods.  The example in the picture is Charlie’s Hiker’s Delight which is a thinner and lighter weight version of the OSK.  The one that that we will be giving away as the grand prize will have natural canvas micarta handles (like in the picture), black liners, mosaic pins, and it will use S30V for the blade steel.  It’s a very nice and functional tool, and it’s truly a piece of work you can depend on and pass along to your heirs.


The Rules

Read the rules and terms carefully.  You are responsible for ensuring that you have met all criteria listed in order to participate in or vote during the contest!!

Now, it’s time to talk about some of the rules.  First, and foremost, this is not a wish list.  You must have the items in your kit in your possession, and you must either be in a high resolution picture with the items that you submit along with your write-up, or you must have the items all with you in a video summary that you submit instead of the write-up.  You may either write up an “article” about your survival kit or submit a video instead.  Write-ups should be no longer than 2,000 words, and videos should not be any longer than 10 minutes.  If the user chooses to use video for the contest, the video hosting service to be used shall be YouTube for reasons of accessability.

There are all kinds of areas and topics to think about when putting together a kit, and here are just a few to consider as you begin making your own:

  • Shelter
  • Water Procurement/Treatment
  • Fire Starting
  • Food Preparation
  • Repairs
  • Cutting/Chopping
  • First Aid
  • Navigation
  • Signaling


Once you have submitted your write-up and picture or your video summary, a panel of judges will select the top three candidates based on a scoresheet that includes criteria such as versatility, quality, creativity, value, etc.  In essence, participants in the contest need to consider all attributes of their gear and sell the rest of us on why their kit is the best.  For instance, one item might have five different uses or another item might be able to be used over 5,000 times.  It’s up to the entrant to point out those uses and benefits to the rest of us in order to convince the audience that their kit is the best one.  In the event of a tie in this stage of the contest, all kits coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be considered finalists.

Once the panel of judges has made their selection of the top three kits (or all kits for the first 3 places if there is a tie), the write-ups, pictures and/or videos will be posted on the Woods Monkey site so that the members of the Woods Monkey audience can vote for their favorite of the three.  Remember, you’re not just trying to sell the judges, you have to sell the audience members as well.

In the event that there is an overwhelming response to the contest, Woods Monkey reserves the right to list the top five places (instead of the top three) of contestants to stand for the vote for the best survival kit by the Woods Monkey audience.

Participants will be able to enter their submissions from May 1st, 2009 until 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) May 31st, 2009.

The finalists will be announced on June 15th, 2009.  From June 15th until 11:59 p.m. June 30th, 2009, votes for the best kit will be taken from registered Woods Monkey members to determine the winner.  In the unlikely event of a tie in this stage of the contest, there will be a run-off vote for the first place contenders.

The winner of the contest will be announced by July 3rd, 2009.

All contest submissions should be sent to Please include your write-up in the email and attach the required picture to go along with the write-up.  If you are submitting a video, please include the link to your YouTube video in the email.

Please enter the word “Contest” in the subject line of your email.

Here are some additional rules:

  • No more than 20 items are to be included in the kit.
  • An item is defined as one singular object.  The entrant may not use a fishing kit, first aid kit or other kit as one item since those types of kits have multiple items within them.  The only exception in this instance would be for an item and its usual accessory or case such as a knife and sheath, a tarp and its pouch, a water bottle and a cap, etc.  Use common sense here.  If you have a knife sheath that holds a knife and a fire steel, that will count as two items (for the knife and the steel) since a sheath automatically goes with a knife, but not with a steel.
  • If an item has several pieces/parts necessary for its operation, (such as a water filter with hoses, filter, and pump) it will be counted as one item.  However, the size, weight, and complexity of the item and/or its operation may be a factor of consideration for those that vote for their favorite kit.
  • The pack, pouch, tin, box, or other such kit enclosure will not count as an item.
  • There is no size requirement, however size and ease of carry may be a factor for those voting for their favorite kit.  Make sure you strike a good balance here.  You could say 1,000 feet of paracord is one item, but how practical is it and how easy is it to carry?
  • The high resolution picture submitted with your write-up should be at least 1500 pixels on the longest side.  The participant must be in the picture along with all items described in the write-up.
  • You must be a registered Woods Monkey member to participate and to vote in the contest.
  • There is no minimum or maximum cost for items, however, it may be a determining factor for those that vote for a kit when thinking about value.
  • Once the final three participants are announced, members may only vote once for their favorite kit.
  • Anyone that has written an article or acted as an agent of Woods Monkey in any media venture (i.e. podcast or video) since October 31st, 2008 is not eligible to participate in this contest.


Terms of Contest:

  • Contest participants give Woods Monkey full rights to use the material submitted during the contest period in any manner deemed appropriate for facilitation of the the contest process, and for site promotional considerations during the year 2009.  Promotional considerations include repoductions and/or posting of articles, pictures, videos, and information relating thereto for promotion of the Woods Monkey site. No private information about any participants other than name, city and state of residence will be published.
  • Participants agree to Woods Monkey and its staff reproducing and/or posting submitted material on the Woods Monkey site in accordance with the rules of the contest for voting and announcement of winners.  Such material includes articles, links, and video, name, and general location.
  • Woods Monkey reserves the right to substitute the grand prize with another prize of equal or greater value.  There will be no cash substitute given in lieu of the grand prize.  Shipping will be done via UPS Ground service.
  • The winner of the Woods Monkey Perfect Survival Kit contest agrees to have his/her name and general location (state) published on the site in order to participate in the contest and/or take possession of the grand prize.
  • The winner of the Woods Monkey Perfect Survival Kit contest will be responsible for complying with all local and state laws with regard to taking possession of and using the grand prize awarded for the contest.
  • The grand prize winner agrees to hold harmless Woods Monkey and its staff members for any injury that results from the handling or usage of the grand prize once ownership has been transferred.  In other words, be careful, it’s a knife–it’s your responsibility to use it carefully and safely.
  • The Woods Monkey Perfect Survival Kit contest is limited to participants in the United States of America.
  • In order to take possession of the grand prize, the winner must be 18 years old or older at the time the grand prize is shipped out to them.  The winner must email or mail a copy (scan or photocopy) of a state-issued I.D. (driver’s licence, general I.D., CCW, etc.) indicating their name, age, and address in order to take possession of the prize.  In the case of a CCW, indication of age is not necessary.
  • Contest participants agree to be subject to the site owner’s judgement and discretion in the facilitation of this contest, and recognize the site owner has absolute authority to ensure a fair and fun event.  Any person or group of individuals found to be “gaming” or trying to manipulate the contest process will be immediately disqualified without notice.  This disqualification applies to any contest submission and any votes cast.
  • No purchase is necessary to participate in this contest.
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