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Luck and fortune play an important role in our expeditions. While we’re out in the wild traveling amongst the elements, unknowns thrive and multiply. We do our best to prepare and account for the obstacles and challenges that we will face, but often times success and survival depend on good luck. So to curry the favor of fate, or to swing the needle of luck in our direction we asked our friend Mike Cherney if he would create a pair of talismans for us. After a few months worth of work in his Northern California Wizard Factory, Mike shipped a pair of bona fide travel amulets to us, these lucky devils showed up on our door just in time for our departure to Bolivia. I can’t say what would have happened down there without them.

“What I can say is, that with out a doubt, it was these lucky talismans as much as anything else that saw us through our travels in Bolivia. Facts are facts my friends.”


Essential navigation device. Uses magnets. It's not important to know how it works, just that it works.


Developed to keep people attached to parachutes, paracord was used by astronauts to fix the Hubble Telescope, and is our first choice for harnessing the ethereal powers of our talismans.


The astrolabe is a very ancient astronomical computer, from a time when the internet was just folks talking to each other.


The number One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy. One encourages us that our action will be rewarded in kind.


Ruled by Saturn, Seven can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of Seven, you can quite deftly utilize its magical vibration to your own benefit.


The symbolism backing number Eight deals largely with business, success, and wealth. This is due to the fact that Eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles.