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From Somerset in the UK, we talk to Alain (@als_edc_uk) who is a life and business coach. When Alain is not shuttling between London, Bristol, Paris, and Dubai to visit his clients, he enjoys the serenity and simplicity of being in the woods and the freedom that his motorcycle and the wide-open road affords. Read on to learn all about Alain’s stylish carry and what's next on his gear radar.
The stones are green Tiger Eye and Obsidian. I am a fan of crystals and each come with their own unique beauty and set of powers.
What's your story:
I live in Somerset in the UK and I am a life and business coach. After successfully selling my business in 2006, I found the path of coaching to be the most fulfilling one for me. I love the impact it has on my clients as well as the people around them. I don’t feel like I am working anymore, I am being paid for what I enjoy doing the most.
I spend a substantial amount of time in coaching conversations with my clients over Skype but I also visiting clients in London, Bristol, Paris, and Dubai mainly. When I travel I make sure I am in conformity with the law where I go and usually have a couple of options for EDC items I carry with me.
Since I was a kid I was always playing around with SAK and Opinels out in the woods building houses in trees and bows and arrows. The one event that seriously got me into EDC was my first move many years ago. A blade to open boxes and tools to dismantle certain things was mandatory. A flashlight also came in handy. Since then I added these elements to the watches I was used to wearing and I found it very practical to carry these items. I don’t know how I did without them before.
My hobbies are simple, I like motorcycling and bush-crafting. Being in the woods is one of the greatest feelings. Sleeping with the sounds of the fire and the forest has some magic to it.
Building shelter and being self-sufficient in a peaceful environment with only the basic necessary things reminds me that we don’t need much and that happiness doesn’t depend on anything that we want to own. Motorcycling also gives me a great sense of freedom. It is my favorite way to discover unknown lands. I usually meet amazing people doing that.
Favorite EDC Tool:
Out of this list, my favorite EDC item is the Liong Mah Traveler knife. If I had to go with only one of all these items, the Traveler would be the one because I can find alternatives to the other items like reading the time on my phone, get some light from my phone or take notes on my phone. But my phone will not be able to cut.
What's On Your Gear Radar:
Next on my gear radar would be a custom fixed blade, maybe from one of the UK-based blacksmith that I have been following on Instagram. I am also looking for some brass and copper flashlights. I am thinking about the ones from Prometheus. Lastly, I will be hunting for some custom made beads soon.
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A practical problem-solver and teacher at heart, Ben (@gearinsitu) works as an operations manager tackling tactical issues and is trained and certified in a number of mental health and first responder programs. In his free time, he also runs youth camps, offers counseling services, and provides wilderness survival training and nature guides. Read on for the full story and rig rundown of Ben's amazing gear situation!