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by atod
Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Wool Blankets: correct use and sizing for summer camping?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Wool Blankets: correct use and sizing for summer camping?

Hope everyone had an excellent weekend this 4th! I'm hoping the experts here can comment on proper use of a wool blanket for camping. This past weekend, I camped on a beach and the temperature dropped to about 59 degrees. The camping location was close to shoreline and there was significant moisture...
by atod
Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: MOLLE Assault Packs, adding Sustainment Pouches is ok?
Replies: 3
Views: 794

MOLLE Assault Packs, adding Sustainment Pouches is ok?

Hi Folks, Does anyone have experience adding x2 500 cubic inch sustainment pouches to the outside sides of their assault pack? I see that that Army Technical Manual mentions sustainment pouches as a add onto the MOLLE II AP. If anyone can comment on changes in the load bearing capabilities before an...
by atod
Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Edible Plants for New York State?
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Edible Plants for New York State?

http://www.trails.com/list_2421_wild-plants-new-york-state.html BURDOCK is my favorite - my dad used to drive us up state to pick it. we would fill up the trunk of his car and when we got home the neighbors would line up to get some. Big deal with the Sicilian community, we go nuts over it. It can ...
by atod
Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Edible Plants for New York State?
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Edible Plants for New York State?

raptor wrote:Are you looking for naturally occurring plants or looking for suggestions on which food plants you should grow?
Naturally occurring plants.
by atod
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Edible Plants for New York State?
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Edible Plants for New York State?

Has anyone compiled a list? Thanks
by atod
Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: BaoFeng may be susceptible to rain damage
Replies: 4
Views: 859

BaoFeng may be susceptible to rain damage

Hi, I was considering placing this BaoFeng BF-F8HP VHF/UHF HT in my bag, however realized it's not listed as waterproof compliant. That means it's usefulness in a bug out situation is diminished (especially if it rains). I checked out some pro vendors like Motorola and Hytera and they appear to be I...
by atod
Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:41 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Pandemic Preparations Influenza, Ebola & Updated for COVID 2019.
Replies: 171
Views: 22907

Re: Pandemic Preparations

Cool, yeah I really don't need a NBC suit because well, anyone starts tossing that stuff around the future will be very bleak. Entire armies are taken out of the fight just to deal with the clean up and de-con, I doubt I could tackle that. And really, I'm not that concerned about nuclear and chemic...
by atod
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Hydration Bladders vs Bottles, pouring water?
Replies: 10
Views: 1542

Hydration Bladders vs Bottles, pouring water?

Hi Folks, Does anyone have preferences on how they fill up their pots with water? I know many of us carry hydration bladders and they can be a challenge to dispense water from. I tried dispensing from my Source 3L bladder using the bite valve and it was difficult to get water out. I suspect the push...
by atod
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: MREs: Long Range Patrol LRP, your experience?
Replies: 10
Views: 1927

Re: MREs: Long Range Patrol LRP, your experience?

I us the pro-pack meals in my version of a 24 hr Long Range Patrol Ration. It all fits in (somehow) into a large food grade bag I get from PackitGourmet <http://www.packitgourmet.com/CookIn-Bags.html> I have 4 versions of the menu A typical 24 hr menu weighs 16 oz and contains almost 2100 calories:...
by atod
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: The Weight of Bug Out Gear and Other Musings.
Replies: 59
Views: 3539

Re: The Weight of Bug Out Gear and Other Musings.

I recently weighed all my gear with an 11lbs food scale and created a list of it on geargrams.com. One thing I noticed was how *heavy* my MARPAT BDUs are. Almost 2 lbs! I have a pair of Prana Nylon hiking pants and they are at least half the weight. Same thing for my MARPAT Gore-Tex parka vs Arc'Ter...
by atod
Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Tincture of Iodine for Water Treatment?
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Tincture of Iodine for Water Treatment?

Researched this more. Like you say, there are some statements online that Chlorine Dioxide (note the Dioxide additive) is more effective in eliminating Cryptosporidium Oocysts, however I have yet to find any hard data comparing it's effectiveness to Iodine. In general, it looks like the Chlorine Dio...
by atod
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Tincture of Iodine for Water Treatment?
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Tincture of Iodine for Water Treatment?

Thanks for the info. It's my understanding that the EU Iodine study only relates to use where municipal water treatment is available as another option. In a survival situation, municipal water treatment is likely unavailable therefore that statement may have minimal weight on survival situations. Th...
by atod
Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Tincture of Iodine for Water Treatment?
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Tincture of Iodine for Water Treatment?

Hi Folks, I read debate online regarding the Tincture 2% solutions vs Lugol's solution which lacks alcohol. For survival situations, does anyone have any preferences? Also, for the 2% tincture, I have heard anywhere that 5 - 8 drops treats a liter. Given that 20 drops = 1 milliliter volume, assuming...
by atod
Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: MREs: Long Range Patrol LRP, your experience?
Replies: 10
Views: 1927

Re: MREs: Long Range Patrol LRP, your experience?

I us the pro-pack meals in my version of a 24 hr Long Range Patrol Ration. It all fits in (somehow) into a large food grade bag I get from PackitGourmet <http://www.packitgourmet.com/CookIn-Bags.html> I have 4 versions of the menu A typical 24 hr menu weighs 16 oz and contains almost 2100 calories:...
by atod
Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: MREs: Long Range Patrol LRP, your experience?
Replies: 10
Views: 1927

MREs: Long Range Patrol LRP, your experience?

Hi Folks, The LRP MREs are the ones that are mostly freeze dried and lighter weight. I have noticed a small amount of new ones on Ebay, however they are selling even in bulk for almost $12.50/meal. Has anyone had experience with these that they can share? Mountain House single entree is about $8.50 ...
by atod
Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Eureka ICS 2000 Improved Combat Shelter
Replies: 20
Views: 10856

Re: Eureka ICS 2000 Improved Combat Shelter

I used the ICS 2000 this past summer camping on the beach at Fire Island, NY. From what I recall, the wind gusts were probably about 20+ mph over night and the tent stood perfectly still. Unfortunately, ICS 2000 weighs quite a bit and I suspect the "black out" material is a contributor. The ICS 2000...
by atod
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: MSS Bivy, dealing with right hand zipper and open head?
Replies: 4
Views: 621

MSS Bivy, dealing with right hand zipper and open head?

Hi Folks, I'm considering purchasing one of these for a bug out bag. My plan is to use it with a civilian bag, which are typically "left zippered" for right handed folks. Now from what I can tell, the MSS Bivy is "right zippered", which means when laying down it's zipper is to my right. In such a co...
by atod
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *2018 update*
Replies: 122
Views: 51970

Re: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *NOW with ghetto pack frame*

Hey, FNG here. I trimmed a bit from mine, down to 6.75lbs on my very crappy hanging scale). I left the PALS on as I might use that. The side PALS panel and rubberized bits need to go as well, I'll get to that. The lid is very meh but sewing on a roll top would be a challenge for me. But either the ...
by atod
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?

nolongpork wrote:my tip for packing tents is NEVER keep the tent and poles in the same bag.

Once tent and poles are separated packing options spring up like magic.
This is a great suggestion. They actually have two separate bags from what I recall. Thank you.
by atod
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?

I just used my USMC during a family campout last weekend. Looks like fun! The USMC tent is so heavy and bulky but a fantastic shelter. There is one option that might help. The rain fly with poles and pegs can be pitched as a stand alone shelter. That would save some bulk/pounds however could offer ...
by atod
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?

Thanks everyone for all the great replies. It sounds like packing/strapping the tent to the outside of the ILBE is the way to go. I tried it on the back with the Recon Bib, however suspect the over top or under the top lid will distribute weight better.
by atod
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?

Mikeyboy wrote: Are you sure you are not thinking of the little 2200 cubic inch assault pack (schoolbag) and not the 5500 cubic inch main Recon ILBE pack.

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I have the Recon ILBE pack pictured here.
by atod
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?

Wow, what the hell are they carrying on those packs?
by atod
Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

USMC Combat Tent: How did they carry it?

Hi Folks, I have a USMC 2-Person Combat Tent and am wondering just exactly how soldiers were expected to carry this thing on deployment. My only guess is that it was never intended to be rucked, instead passed out off of a supply truck. I have an ILBE Recon pack, which is the largest available, and ...

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