Ran for my life out of the woods.

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Ran for my life out of the woods.

Post by Woods Walker » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:58 pm

The plan was simple. I have not bivy/tarp camped during a storm in a few years. Basic kit. Ridgerest closed cell pad, 10x8 tarp, sleeping bag, USGI Gortex bivy. Also wanted to do a video and pics of my pulk sled for the forums. Two birds one stone. Do the video and pics of the pulk sled then spend the night. So I hit the trail with the pulk. Setup my shelter then finished the pulk video. Then it all went to hell in a hand basket. The wind picked up. The snow turned heavy and wet. The trees bent way over. Then I had an epiphany..... I must get out... As in right now!!! So packed it all up and did the short 1.5 miles to the trail head. Trees branches, soME widow maker class where coming down. Made it out and had an awful ride back. Now it appears the power is ready to go out as it's blinking so will post these pics right now.

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So anyone else ever run for their lives out of the woods?
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Post by FlashDaddy » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:30 pm

I love your posts! You are constantly going out in the wild with minimal gear. You showed us the right moves here, too. Get out when things turn deadly!
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Post by woodsghost » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:01 pm

Woods Walker wrote:
So anyone else ever run for their lives out of the woods?
Once.


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Post by flybynight » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:27 pm

So anyone else ever run for their lives out of the woods?
You kidding? A master outdoorsman and frontier type like myself?... Nearly every time :awesome:
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Post by echo83 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:30 pm

So what you're telling us is that you had to bug out from a...um..a bug out?

Seriously, thanks for these pictures, thanks for the post, and thanks for making it out in one piece. It takes an expert to know his or her limits, even when the best preparations have been made.

Those conditions look insane!

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Post by Brekar » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:18 am

Woods Walker wrote:So anyone else ever run for their lives out of the woods?
If being chased out of the woods by a large angry bull during deer season counts, then yes I have... :D

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Post by Stercutus » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:52 am

Good call. The ground is over-saturated in a number of areas. The last round of storms killed a number of people, many through falling trees or branches and two guys driving through water (including one LEO, second one to die that way in a year).

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Last month we lost a lady who was out walking her dog in the rain when a tree fell on her.

I have never run from the woods but I remember a particularly bad thunderstorm at Ft. Bragg a few decades ago when they steered us into the woods due to lightening. I wasn't a fan of squatting out in the woods while bolts were raining down on the trees. I would have split for the vehicles if it had been an option.
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Post by Woods Walker » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:24 pm

Still no power so in the other house. However the flashlight hobby paid off last night. Everyone in the house got something.

1. My sister got an old D cell LED lantern. It was from Sportsman's guide, Nitecore LR30 and a Fenix LD10.

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2. My nephew got a Luci Lux, Nitecore NU20 and 4/7 Smart Quark.

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3. I Had a standard version warm Tiara headlamp, Luci light Outdoors V2 and a AT Partner warm 2XAA flashlight.

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Charging the phones.

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Downed trees and branches in the yard. There are more than this but snapped these shots on the way out.

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The inline big junkerac died after a storm a few years ago so replaced it with a cheaper one which I ran for a few hours to chill down the fridge and keep the fish alive. The fish (one neon tetra) is with me now along with two very very angry parakeets.
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Post by Woods Walker » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:44 pm

Area lighting. Tricks of the trade.

18650 powdered Fenix lantern is nice.

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But if yea don't have something like that ceiling bouncing a flashlight or headlamp works really well for no glare area lighting.

Wizard white standard version headlamp running 18650.

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4/7 Knight EDC 1XCR123 or in this case 16340.

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Post by Woods Walker » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:53 pm

Very very sticky heavy wet snow. From last night.


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The road got taken out from a fallen tree. If I waited an hour longer odds are couldn't of done the drive back to the house from the woods given the closed road.
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Post by taipan821 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:34 pm

It's good to hear everyone is safe, pays to have a hobby!

And yes, I've run out of the bush before, the truck with the aircon had arrived (we don't get snow)
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Post by Woods Walker » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:04 pm

Power back on per neighbor as not there right now. Today they dealt with the two issues on the road. One down line and tree earlier today.

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Post by TacAir » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:28 am

Looks like a hard hat is now required for winter camping....

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Post by Asymetryczna » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:11 pm

In a pinch you could have found a depression, or a larger tree already down for protection but I suspect you are aware of that and made the right call. I've been run out by rising water, changing weather, bees, hornets and bulls. Maybe its just me, but the better prep/survival story is making the right call to enjoy another day even if that's not the people that make the evening news.
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Post by EBuff75 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:59 pm

You know, when I opened this thread to read it, I was really hoping for a story involving sasquatch... :crazy:

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Post by flybynight » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:27 am

EBuff75 wrote:You know, when I opened this thread to read it, I was really hoping for a story involving sasquatch... :crazy:
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Post by Zimmy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:57 am

Woods Walker wrote: So anyone else ever run for their lives out of the woods?
I've been proven to not be smart enough a couple of times..... it's a good thing I'm durable. :wink:
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Post by dan1775 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:54 pm

You should have ran, WW, because down will kill you!

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Post by MPMalloy » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:34 pm

Woods: You make damn good posts. I agree. It was time to di di mau.

I've had to do that numerous times before.
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Post by moab » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:30 pm

A friend of mine and I got stuck in a storm while hunting. And then turned around and lost our bearings heading overland to our pick up point. We just kept following drainages until we found a road. I knew where all the roads headed. Just had to find one. It took a few hours to find one. But we eventually walked out. Missing our ride. We did get a hitchhike ride about halfway back to town. But my pants were ripped from about mid thigh down. I don't remember what I ripped them on. But it was a cold long walk. That was the only time I ever got tripped up in the woods. I mean not really. We knew where we were and how to get out. We just couldn't find this little logging road where we had been dropped off. I had just gotten out of the Marine Corps. So I was confident in my ability to get out. But if the weather had been any worse. Or someone that doesn't understand simple geography. It could have been not so good.

The bad part was I let my buddy bring his new tent. It was a total POS dome tent. That promptly filled the bathtub with 2 inches of water at about 2am. I was so pissed. He was even more pissed driving his knife into the bottom of the tent just to get some of the water to drain out. Which didn't work. Soaking sleeping bags and clothes. I didn't bring anything extra with me. Because the storm was a complete surprise. I never did that again. Hard lesson.

I had another similar event in the Corps. But we hunkered down in a 6 man poncho shelter we built. And rode out the storm. You could get local tv audio broadcasts on our PRC77. So we listened to Jeapardy or some other shit for like hours. lol. Eventually we hiked out of the steep canyon and got picked up by helicopter.

The good news is you were prepared. Even if you had to stay you had the equipment to do so. And at least stay dry. I've never gone into the woods since without rain gear of some sort. At least a poncho.
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