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In just over a week, these beauties will be really handy to have around…for those not familiar, they are hard grease sticks made by the crew. Every 150 miles or so, the crew uses the Alemite guns to squeeze them into the rods to lubricate the rod bearings…another one of those small, but important and rarely seen details that goes into making a successful excursion.

Here’s a great shot of the men using the extruder to make the sticks (photo was taken in 2012 on Grand Canyon trip).

The extruder is actually a store bought item. It was purchased at a ceramic supplier and is normally used for extruding various clay shapes depending on the die used. This press was somewhat modified by Dave Clark who also made the die for extruding the lubricating sticks.