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As a geology student, Clayton Goodspeed must find himself in the field a lot. Not one to leave himself in the lurch, he totes the popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. And why not? It’s easily concealable, reliable and shoots well. Check out what else Clayton packs with him at Everyday Carry.

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  1. He has a Field Notes book yet no pencil or pen. Carries a Brunton but not a rock hammer. Also, he might be a “new fangled” geology student, but in my day we could drink every other hard scientist under the table. Why no bottle opener? What kind of ill-prepared geology student is he?

    • Well to be fair, a rock hammer/crack hammer hardly fits in a pocket.
      And yes, the geology students (at least in my time) were the hard-chargers. So I thought until I met my (now) Father-in-Law: a confirmed Scotch-drinking chemist until he started working for Jim Beam. I couldn’t hold a candle to him on my best day. I think the chemists build up an immunity to intoxicants during their education, that or they’re permanently half-pickled.

    • Geeze, I spent over a year processing core samples for sizing and met. lab chemical assays and I never heard the term ‘rocklicker’.

      But having watched the geologists tag core trays, it’s an apt description, they stick their face right in the core looking at it with a jeweler’s loupe.

      If I never have to grind another rock sample, I’ll die a happy guy never having to blow rock dust out of my nose. (we did wear fiber dust masks)…

  2. 1) I’m utterly amazed at the number of people care those field notes books around on Is it trendy or something, because I do not get it.

    2) Is that a f*cking compass? WTF, Magellan?

    • It’s a Brunton Pocket Transit: > compass. Not only can it be used as a compass, it is used to determine strike and dip of rock units, as well as rough surveying. Big plus: never needs batteries/recharging, cell service, software upgrades, etc. Also not subject to poor/no reception due to weather phenomena.

  3. Erratic compass behavior is usually caused by benign local magnetic phenomena but may also indicate that you are standing on or near a meteorite strike site. If your magnetic compass doesn’t match your GPS, slow down and survey the scene.


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