Sunday, April 20, 2008

Uber-Sledge Testing

In response to a thread on ZS, I thought that I would field-test my uber-sledge a bit this morning...the videos below show me whacking the shit out of a 2-liter soda bottle filled with water with both the sharp and blunt end of the sledge...which is about 3 feet of steel pipe with a pie-piece shaped wedge of heavy iron on the end of it...

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After a few years of hard use and hard winters, the sledge was showing some signs of wear, so I gave it a steel wool scrubbing, and then hosed it down with gold-flake rustoleum...pimping it out has actually made it work better...

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Feel free to pm or email me with suggestions of other crap to whack with my God-sledge!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

MBO

I posted a report of my MBO this weekend over at ZS...

Here is the Google Map of my MBO:


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I shot the following video after walking in to Rat Pond, the location of my MBO:

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I fell in love with my new Gerber Ax/Saw combo during the MBO:

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My homemade coffee can stove works so well, that I'm using it instead of other stove options:

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After seriously chilling down after some work and then sitting through a freezing rainstorm, I had a nearly religious experience with some tomato soup and a break in the weather:

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mock Bug Out (MBO)

My goals for this MBO include:

* - live out of my BOB for 30 hours, providing safe water/food/shelter for myself

* - Get from my home to the Mock Bug Out Location (MBOL) staying off of major roads and avoiding letting people get close enough to shoot (or bite) me (assuming that they were in the mood)...

* - Multiple applications of the MBO Misadventure Simulator...I was thinking like 3-4 times during the MBO...


* - Try to find things in the BOB in the dark without a light (this'll test my organization)...find my way back to the MBO Location at night without a flashlight from a distance (using a partially shielded glowstick as a marker)...

* - Find a cached ammo-can in the dark using GPS and flashlight...also find another cached ammo-can using map and compass...they won't be holding anything BOB-ish for the MBO...no food, water, shelter, etc...

* - field-test and film some of my gear, old and new...stove, bivy, cathole shovel, ax, cookset, etc...

My Bug Out Bag (BOB)

I put together a new and improved BOB for the upcoming Mock Bug Out Weekend, based on looking at some of the other BOBs I've looked at on ZS, and on my experience in the outdoors.

The bag is a Mountainsmith Approach 3.0, a relatively small bag for a BOB. My thinking is that this will be the base bag, and I can add various modules via a bunch of Kifaru Pods that I bought a while ago. This will allow for greater flexibility...a module for my son, one for trauma, one with a tent, one for cold weather, one with more food, one with more tools, one with a firearms loadout, etc...


This is a picture of the packed BOB, ready to go...it feels as though it weighs about 25-30 pounds...the following pictures show the contents by pockets, not by gear type, so (for example) the food is not all in none picture...


The tyvek shelter components, bivy and tarp, are attached to the bottom of the bag..

I'm trying this shelter system out this weekend...along with an inner bivy of heat reflective material and my fleece/polypro clothes, I'm betting that it will provide for an adequate night's sleep...I'm going to have a tent module to add to the BOB, but am interested in keeping this base bag as light and simple as possible...

NOTE: after thinking about it a bit, I added a fleece bag to the BOB




The outermost center pocket is tiny, and contains 20 nails with pointy ends held in tape, GPS with caches and BOLs and such entered (I have 3, and this is my backup's backup, so it now lives in the BOB), compass, whistle, extendable cable lock...


The next pocket is bigger and holds poop-shovel and viva towels (for TP), headlamp, mora knife, 2 colors of para-cord, vaseline-soaked cottonballs, $200 bucks in paper and quarters, maps and survival info, water purification tablets, primary fire kit (lighters, matches, trioxane), sporks, rite-in-the-rain pad, USB-drive, 2-head sharpie, leatherman, gorilla-tape...

The pad and usb-drive have the following info on them:
Bank/Credit Card/Mortgage
Birth Certificates/Drivers License/Permit/Social Security Cards/Passports
Medical Insurance
Cars & House Deed/Insurance
In Case of Emergency Contacts
WWW info/passwords

The sensitive info on the pad is protected by half-assed encryption (reverses and numbers +/-), the pictures of everything are stored in multiple formats on the usb-drive in an encrypted folder...



The stuff-pocket and ski-sleeves are filled with: a pair of waldies, gerber ax, saw, Ontario SP-8 machete, a pair of wonder-bars, and (not shown because I'm a fucktard) a Quiller book to read while the world is falling apart...

I haven't seen spare shoes in other BOBs, but the waldies weigh nothing, smoosh down pretty small, and will allow my feet and primary shoes to dry out while I'm in camp or on the road...



The side pockets contain 1-liter containers of Powerade, GORP, and Clif Bars...


The central pocket contains a bunch of stuff: coffee-can stove, big cup-bowl, pot/lid, anti-bacterial soap and scrubbie, backwoods cigars, wind-up radio/flashlight, 2 mainstay bars, backup para-cord, glowsticks, 2 backup fire kits (lighters, matches, trioxane), gatorade, hot cocoa, oatmeal, tomato soup and parmesan cheese, pep-sticks, backup leatherman and gorilla-tape, backup flashlights and headband for light, backup compass, bivy...

I planned my BOB for 1 day of real food (with only hot-water needed) and 2 days of ration bars. The thinking behind this is that many emergencies wouldn't require more than 1 day of travel, and for those I would prefer to enjoy warm food that I'm familiar with, and will keep up my morale...for longer Bug-Outs, I should just deal with the ration bars...





These clothes are also in the main pocket, and provide cushioning for some of the other gear in the pocket: waterproof pants and jacket, polypro underwear tops and bottoms, underarmor t-shirt, spare pair of underwear, wool/polypro socks, bandana, balaclava, fleece gloves, work gloves, boonie hat...all of the clothes are packed in ziplocks to keep them dry in a dunk...


My BOB-FAK also lives in the main compartment of the bag...




The FAK contents include: wound dressings and kerlix, a book on outdoor medicine, band-aids and wound closure, scissors, tweezers, forceps, dental floss, tylenol, advil, pepto, immodium, benadryl, cough drops, saline irrigation fluid, tape (3 rolls), SAM splint, sting-eze, sun-bug-wipe, providone wipes, triple antibiotic ointment, wet ones, nice 'n' clean wipes, benzalkonium chloride wipes, blistex, hand sanitizer, bug repellent, suntan goop...