Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

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Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by magdelaina » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:21 pm

The weather's great and I'm bored. Headed out the door with the dog and what's on me right now for a spontaneous bug out drill. The BOB's not coming because I've been a very bad prepper and left it in the middle of a re-pack for weeks. Write up and pics when we get back tomorrow. :)
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by madwolf » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:34 pm

Good luck with that, hope you got a good car kit! Be safe.
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by Ducky » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:39 pm

GLuck

Don't forget your esentials, porno and chocolat milk. :lol:
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by anewcowboy » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:57 pm

Ducky I may have to add option A to my B.O.B. lol :wink:
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by hdandb » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:03 pm

That's weird, because my EDC is porno. Have fun and enjoy the truck, you'll for sure take a very nice nap tomorrow on your bed.

I've slept in my truck enough to know that the next day nap is the best!
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by American_Infidel » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:14 am

When my mother was in a hospital two hours from home, I got by at night by bugging out in my car. I had a pretty good setup of gear in the car at the time that I just had to augment with some food I bought at a grocery store across from the hospital.
Only thing I really missed was a full sized pillow.
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by Smü » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:18 am

Get on of those:

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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by magdelaina » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:12 am

We're back!

Sorry guys, should have been a little clearer. I didn't spend the night INSIDE the car, just used it for transport and limited myself to the gear already packed in it. ;)

I decided to check out some public land we'd never been to for this run so I wouldn't know what exactly to expect. Here are a couple of shots of the trail in. The first mile or so was open fields, then it led into a wooded area. It was already past 7:00 at this point, so the light's starting to fade. It was dark by the time we found a place to settle in.
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This is where we set up camp, pics taken after cleanup this morning. It was a naturally sheltered area, with stone walls on three sides trees on the fourth. The first pic is looking in from the trail, the second is the view down behind it from on top of the rock at the back.
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I tried to throw up a hammock using a blanket, but it ripped. Ouch. :oops:
I wasn't really worried about over head shelter since the weather was fine, but pitched this little tent just in case. It's a shower curtain draped over a ridge line with stones and earth piled up along the edges to anchor it. The ends are tied in place with separate pieces of line. I had a second shower curtain to use as a floor, but didn't bother. We ended up falling asleep next to the fire and didn't use it.
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I dug out a little pit and built up a ring around it with stones, then lit a fire with a ferro rod and some lock de-icer (it's mostly isopropyl alcohol).
There was a lot of great wood around the site thanks to some helpful rodents knocking trees down. :)
I had a cooking pot in the car but walked off without it. Luckily someone had left a can near the trail, and I was able to use it to make dinner.
The stone walls kept in the heat from the fire so well I didn't notice the ambient temperature had dropped 20 degrees until I wandered out grab some more fuel.
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Here's a break down of what I actually had with me, pics taken this morning:

The loaded pack. It's small and lightweight. I threw in some water bottles and dog food from the car, and carried a machete from the trunk on my belt. The compass, bandanna, mini FAK, and paracord braid strapped to the outside are usually in the side pockets, but I moved them to fit in the water. Keys, wallet, phone w/extra battery, headlamp, and pocket knife carried but not shown.
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Shelter items: A couple of shower curtains and some clear garbage bags, cable ties, paracord, some cheap nylon cord, a sheet, a shovel, a knit beanie with socks and a extra t-shirt in it. This all rolls up together and rides in the bottom of the bag.
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Sanitation and Safety: Goggles, respirator, blaze vests, mesh bag, coffee filters, toilet paper, camp soap, tooth brush, baby powder, extra baggies. It all rides together in a gallon zip top bag. There used to be a little bottle of bleach and a whistle in here, don't know what happened to them.
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Other Stuff: Stainless steel water bottle, Rx Sunglasses with hard case, crank radio/light, notepad, foil, pliars, glass marker, lighter, de-icer, one-handed ferro rod (orange thing), can opener, keychain knife, carabiner, Sharpie, lip balm, slip collar/leash for dog, binoculars. Rides in various organizational pockets built into the pack.
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Food: Cornbread stuffing and seasoning packet in baggie, Couscous and Lipton soup packet in baggie, protein bars, water, peanut butter, baggie of dog food.
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Lessons Learned: I thought this trip was gonna suck, but turns out this pack can hold all I need (not want) for excursions around here for 8 months out of the year. Cooking in old aluminum cans makes food taste like old aluminum. Make sure your hammock can hold you before you string it up over jagged rocks. Dog food doesn't weigh much, but it takes up a lot of space, so she need's a pack to carry her own grub. When all the works done things get kinda boring, so some (*ahem*) reading material would have been nice. :lol:

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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car

Post by Smü » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:21 am

magdelaina wrote:We're back!
Congrats on returning safely. The pictures look great.
magdelaina wrote: Dog food doesn't weigh much, but it takes up a lot of space, so she need's a pack to carry her own grub.
EzyDog and RuffWear make some decent packs. For serious outdoor activity, I'd suggest the Ruffwear Palisades pack. I don't own one but what I have seen and read about it made me settle upon it for as soon as my dog is fully grown. Detachable packs and internal water bladders ftw.
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by congochris » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:04 am

The only thing I don't see would be a collapsible water bowl for the dog. Not that one is required, but it might make things nicer for your pup.

Otherwise, good car kit, and it looks like you had fun. Or at least a good experience. Sometimes those are the same, sometimes not. :lol:

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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by TacAir » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:45 am

Thanks for posting. If I may ask

Are ticks an issue in this AO? As a young'n we used to surrer with 'chiggers' (sp?) when in KS, do these nasties infest the area?

Shower curtains? I can see where they would have low 'theft value' and so in the car might be the best choice.... Just curious on the thought process.

Nice dog, I take it both of you had fun....
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by madwolf » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:55 am

Welcome back!

Looks like you've got yourself a pretty well thought out and useful kit. Good on ya for taking it out and using it! There's nothing worse than finding out your gear sucks or you don't know how to use it until it's a real life emergency which is what makes exercises like this a great idea even if only for the sake of practice :)

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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by man in black » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:48 pm

you should get a real tarp, just about as cheap as a shower curtain and bigger than shower curtains. maybe you should build a hobo stove and keep it in your car as well as a small mess kit. you should think about getting some protection for yourself in your car and your edc as well, you are in arkansas right? mountain lion territory right? just something to think about. just sayin' but hey you learned something right? then it was worth it.
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by Collie of Doom » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:53 pm

man in black wrote:you should get a real tarp, just about as cheap as a shower curtain and bigger than shower curtains. maybe you should build a hobo stove and keep it in your car as well as a small mess kit. you should think about getting some protection for yourself in your car and your edc as well, you are in arkansas right? mountain lion territory right? just something to think about. just sayin' but hey you learned something right? then it was worth it.
There's no mountain lions here in Arkansas. :lol:

I think the shower curtains are actually not a terrible idea. Eventually you might want to step up into using a tarp as they are a little more durable, but both serve the general purpose of keeping rain off you/keeping you off wet ground/collecting and holding rainwater in a pinch. Shower curtains are cheap as heck at the dollar store. And as such could likely still be procured for a bit after Zombipocalypse in case your better gear craps out or is stolen.
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by omega_man » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:07 pm

There's no mountain lions here in Arkansas.
Unfortunately, not any more.

Anyways, looks like fun. Here's how omega_dog packs her chow:
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by man in black » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:45 am

haha oops see this is what happens when i don;t research before i say shit mon mal. anyways, the point still stands all alone out in the night in the woods maybe bear spray or a pistol or something would be a nice idea.
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by Fenris » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:46 pm

Acty...the lack of mountain lions is just a matter of opinion. For some reason the experts are never ae to find them, but they are around... I've found scat and tracks, as well as heard them yell in Ft Chaffee.

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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by anewcowboy » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:54 pm

by Fenris on Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:46 pm

Acty...the lack of mountain lions is just a matter of opinion. For some reason the experts are never ae to find them, but they are around... I've found scat and tracks, as well as heard them yell in Ft Chaffee.

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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by ODA 226 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:54 am

Collie of Doom wrote: There's no mountain lions here in Arkansas. :lol:
My daughter and I saw one 3 years ago outside of our apartment building in Suffolk, Virginia! :shock: They are as far East as that!
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Re: Overnight With EDC and Car (Completed!)

Post by DeepSea1985 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:46 pm

omega_man wrote:
There's no mountain lions here in Arkansas.
Unfortunately, not any more.

Anyways, looks like fun. Here's how omega_dog packs her chow:
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That looks just like my dog Bogie, where did you get that pack?

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