Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread (winners announced)

Items to keep you alive in the event you must evacuate: discussions of basic Survival Kits commonly called "Bug Out Bags" or "Go Bags"

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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Ducky » Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:51 am

Im heading up to Alaska in 2 weeks to visit family and friends.
If I get the chance I will spend a couple nights out.
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Post by Privateer73 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:40 am

Im in! planning a mock bugout, drive and hike from city to first rally point for my team. Although it will only be me the oldest son and the neighbors teen. Giving myself a 20 min window to grab gear and hit the trail. We will experience a "mock breakdown" and have to hoof it the rest of the way.

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Post by HossDelgado » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:23 pm

Im in :) Hopefully i can get a couple days off work, and borrow the family bronco to go out.


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Post by Bastard_1 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:20 am

I'm in, going as part of the "twinkie brigade"

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Post by jackpine » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:34 pm

I'll give it a shot, if there are any other Minnesota or western Wisconsin participants PM me if you want to try to coordinate something.
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by JLB » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:08 am

I think I want in on this one.

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Post by Blackdog » Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:53 pm

OK. lets get this show on the road. The plan was to walk up a valley, hit the main ridge line of the mountain chain and drop down a spur thru the pine forest you can just see the beginnings of. Day one was to be getting close to the top, day two was to be moving down the ridge and dropping into the forest for a gear show and tell along with a little bushcraft and then walk up a dirt road to where I stashed my truck. Didn't quite work like that.

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Moved up the valley until I was just a relatively short hop from the top and tossed out my tarp.

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Here is a shot of how I use a hiking pole if there are no trees to be had. The carabiner on the white para cord allows the ridge line to be adjusted by increasing the length or the pole or adjusting the length of the ridge line. The ridge line uses two prussic knot loops (the modified WW) to lock in the tarp after the para cord frame has been set.

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The place I set up was as flat as I was going to find and had running water near by.

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My good and faithful guardian watching for varmints. Pretty sure the big girl spent most of the night out side of the tarp, the little rat dog stayed pretty darned close to the boss.

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Not used but part of my shelter kit is a bug net. Too windy for the little creeps to be much of a bother. Got to get a compression sack for this and the tarp, it just plain takes up too much room.

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It may be a summer bug out contest but there is still snow up yonder.

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Looking down valley as the sun was going down

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It was a whopping 45 degrees or so when I hopped out of the sack at 5 o'clock. Conditions during the day would range from cloudy (foggy?) to near white out. The wind, chill and damp sure didn't feel like June that's for sure.

Brewed up a little Joe, slammed down a MRE and refilled all the water containers. Brought my Katadyn Pocket but have a bunch of water tabs that have been in the kit for a while, time to use them up and replace them. Being cool and all it was no big deal to wait the half hour. The knife and firesteel were prizes from the winter bug out, thanks guys great stuff.

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Worked my way up to this. Drive in movie screen? RF reflector?, I don't know. What I do know is that you can see it from all over this neck of the woods and makes a great check point.

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Headed up the main range ridge.

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Going pretty well, making time and getting higher.

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Not long after I shot this video things started going hinky. You can see the GPS and know that there is a pretty good drop of but you can't see the drop because of the clouds.

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Not too long after I shot this video I stopped to put on a wind jacket. I leaned my pack against my leg. Bottom line it fell over and started cart wheeling down the drop off. Kind of a drag watching your junk disappear into the clouds. Just crazy to watch it just spin down the hill like a magic square wagon wheel.

Boogied down the hill and found my sleeping pad and later on a water bottle. I don't know the distance it traveled but it lost over 400 feet of altitude according to my altimeter.

The pack itself was laying at the base of a Cirque. Everything was pretty much intact other than my GPS getting it's screen cover knocked off, a dented water bottle and it looks like my Kindle has gone to Kindle heaven. Amazing because there were more than a few rock out crops.

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Now I am at the bottom and have to get back up, now Murphy strikes for the second time. My right foot slips in some scree and my left knee goes under me in a funny way ( only I am not laughing too much ). Not too bad but not right either. I have some nice stuff in the med kit to make it all go away but not worth it for a exercise. Decide just to work my way down this valley and call it a day. I am sure the doggie scamps were wondering what the hold up was, lots of breaks going down, ouch. :( I may be eligible for AARP but rarely manage to hurt myself too badly. By the time I hobbled back down I was like: screw a gear show and tell, next time I guess.

Bottom line things happen, the mountains are sometimes funny and you can't count on the weather cooperating. All good, tons of fun, stayed out 24 hours and a day in the mountains is worth 2 on the flats. Now got to get straight and hit it again.

Being June and all my good friend had a real good time in the snow. She really likes the winter more than the summer anyway.

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Have fun and stay safe out there.
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Woods Walker » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:23 pm

Kifaru Pointman have been dropped out of helicopters without issue but it must have sucked watching your bag do the hoopla. If I have the order of operations correct aka time line this incident combined with extra physical activity probably was the back drop to getting injured. Anything that plays havoc with concentration is bad news in the hills. I liked the tarp setup and double walled can stove. The wood cup is cool. Heck your trip almost looks like winter camping.

No shame in calling the trip early. I am packing up now so will be away for a few days.
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Post by xxxDarksidexxx » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:18 pm

great trip and photos as always blackdog!

i must admit though im a little disappointed as i thought for sure that woods walker would have posted 2-3 trips before anyone else. :lol:

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Post by Woods Walker » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:50 pm

xxxDarksidexxx wrote:great trip and photos as always blackdog!

i must admit though im a little disappointed as i thought for sure that woods walker would have posted 2-3 trips before anyone else. :lol:
I went out a few days before June 1st and hitting the trail again on the 12th so it was a very near thing. :P
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Kudzu » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:37 am

I'm in for this.

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Post by surgecj7 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:21 am

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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Blackdog » Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:26 pm

Woods Walker wrote:Kifaru Pointman have been dropped out of helicopters without issue but it must have sucked watching your bag do the hoopla. If I have the order of operations correct aka time line this incident combined with extra physical activity probably was the back drop to getting injured. Anything that plays havoc with concentration is bad news in the hills. I liked the tarp setup and double walled can stove. The wood cup is cool. Heck your trip almost looks like winter camping.

No shame in calling the trip early. I am packing up now so will be away for a few days.
When the pack went over I couldn't see the bottom for the clouds and was a bit more concerned about losing the green rig on a big steep rocky green hill than I was worried about breaking anything, I will on occasion manage to break something. :roll: Losing stuff drives me nuts, breaking stuff is just part of life. Still it is nice that not a whole lot of junk got damaged.

You are correct about losing concentration. Many bad things are set off by one random minor event that triggers a whole chain of events. In retrospect I should have taken a break, had some lunch and got my "wind" back before making a move to get back up as there was no life and death importance involved, my mistake. Making poor decisions even when you know better is easy to do and I guess a part of the human condition. In spite of my embarrassment I think there is value in telling the story when things don't go quite to plan as a possible aid to someone in the future and a reminder to myself not to repeat the mistake.

I am quite confident that in a jam I could have "completed the mission" but glad I didn't do it this time just goofing off. Today I have a bit of a hobble and the feeling that a little bit of a twist would not be a good thing. The next link in the chain of events could well have been truly jamming myself up by really twisting the slightly tweaked knee again farther along.

In my book sometimes there is no choice but to bite down and make it work and once in a while it is quite OK to call it a day, the trouble is knowing which day is which and not developing a "quitter" aptitude by bailing out at the drop of hat.

I knew the trip wouldn't really match the spirit of the contest, but it is in fact summer here (a freaky summer for sure, this winter was pretty mild but doesn't seem to want to ever end) and the mutts and I really do like the snow. In a little while I will saddle up and do a trip more in keeping with the spirit of the contest.
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Post by the_alias » Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:31 pm

Looks good Blackdog, glad you are ok. I was up on a day hike today in the mountains and it was pretty darn nippy up there.

surgecj7 is going to be creating a paracord survival bracelet for a prize. Thanks surgecj7!
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Post by Blacksheep » Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:34 pm

dang it, I was hopeful I would have the first entry... oh well... editing my post on the first page so you can see it in a few
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Post by Blacksheep » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:11 pm

OK I think Im maxing out what you cant put it one post, so rather than have one half on first page ( :cry: ) Ill do 2 posts and have them together

Tonto and I went for a nice short little bugout, in retrospect we could have done much more hiking for sure, but we did aim for the most hardcore section, it says serious hills, such an understatement, map says we did something like 5.5 miles in? felt like 9 with all the hills. we also did a good mile on the road to simulate having to walk on the side of a road (okay so I just made it up, but it works!) These pictures of the trail don't do the hills justice
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I currently don't have a decent stuff sack for my summer bag so I had to pull it out (to the left) to give you a better view of the bag, its honestly more organized than it looks..
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my tarp, hammock straps, and para cord "thingamabobs" my hammock suspension is more than a little macgyver'd together and probably more complicated than it needs to be, but it works for the time being *shrug* Its on my to do list
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I just picked up a light diffuser wand for my fenix ta21 (awesome light) I got up to urinate, figured I should take a picture of how well lit up it was, wouldn't show up, so I decided to turn the flash on, in my half asleep state of mind seemed like a good idea... nearly blinded myself, should have just turned the light up.. :roll:... (notice the reflective guyouts though.. AHHmazing)
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my ENO double and tarp set up. the eno doubles make a GREAT couch\chair
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my LARGE tarp, and unfortunately its not a sil-tarp yet, that stuffs $$$, a bunch of you hammock guys have these tiny little tarps, personally I don't like to take chances on staying dry, the weather in Michigan can be quite psychotic at times....


so once shelter was up, instead of immediately making fire, and having to scavenge high and low for dry wood, to keep it going when we didn't need it, I decided to test out my Kabar Cutlass, and filter some water, even though there was a pump nearby, *sigh* cheaters
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In summary, Kabar is a helluva chopper, Tonto Liked it better than his cold steel hawk, good edge retention, only a tiny bit of rolled edge, but I'm pretty sure it was there when I got it, (like new used).... also note to self, seasoned hickory, is a brute (least I think it's hickory, my woods and vegetation knowledge is lacking)
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Post by Blacksheep » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:18 pm

worked up quite an appetite chopping away, time to make some food, need water, lets go filter it!, (even though there's a pump 50 feet away... cheaters)
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YAY now I wont die of dehydration 15 feet from a lake, I love this pump btw super fine filter, will filter out most virus's I believe, some have had issue with it clogging, I haven't and my filter still filters out all the test dye, score..

now on to fire, I decided to bring my Sterno folding stove, to test with wood, even though I don't need to do anything but boil water on this trip, now onto fire making, or rather fireFAILING, my original plan was step 1, scrape top of esbit fuel tab with my neck knife, which I love... for fire starter(since it had just rained for 2 days), step 2, bed of pine needles to move it once I got a flame going if needed, step 3, use ferocium rod to light esbit,
step 1, easy peasy...step 2, no sweat,....step three... utter fail.
esbit is very hard to light with sparks or at least for me YMMV Ill upload some videos of how much it sucked, be patient,
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No more shiny bottle :-(

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Its ok, we've got beef stew..

ok cool... now what?... if only something were to go wrooooo..oh... my boot lace.. what the heck? (this picture doesn't show that it was only 2 strands of thread holding the lace together..and the loop was already severed, I pulled the string and tossed it forwards... and it was no longer connected..)

Paracord power ACTIVATE!!!, form of... A SHOELACE!
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SHAPE OF!!!, a convenient way to chill your alcoholic beverage of choice in the lake !!!!
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breakfast the next morning
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It got REALLY cold during the night, HAMMOCK GODS I appologize for doubting the power of a under-quilt and nessicity of a pad, please forgive me mid 40's plus 15-20 mph winds.... I wanted to die.... however.. I am most certainly ALIVE.. and not a zombie, therefore I humbly submit this entry into the summer bugout contest
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Tonto » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:27 am

Over the 11-12 June 2011 weekend Erie Quiet and myself undertook the Mock bugout challenge by abandoning our vehicles and setting out to hike into a zombie free area called Blind Lake campground at the Pickney State Recreation Area near Hell Michigan. Except for weapons loadout, this pack contains all my 72hr gear I normally keep in or attached to a med. Alice pack frame but decided to try out a Campmor Catskill internal frame that I've had for 10 years but only recently 'refound it' while cleaning the basement - being into preparedness sometimes gets a bit cluttered and loose track of where things disappear to. Sure it's not in a tactical cool color, but it was comfortable and carried everything I had easily. With 48oz of water, 3 days of food and what I've put together as a bugout pack since the Y2k days my ruck came to a total of 37lbs, that included the REI half dome 2 tent I decided to add that morning instead of using the hammock/tarp I've recently been using. I decided to add the tent for the 70% chance of rain/thunderstorms that never materialized, but instead we were rewarded with 25mph gusts and temps dipping into the high 40's.

Yes I cheated and used the well pump after doing some reconning and letting fellow survivors use it first and declare it tasting cold and clear. I did have my old PUR Scout purifier with me, but decided not to use it since I know it works. 99% of the gear I brought I use on a regular basis for camping or for BugOut kit material - they are one in the same. We do have a Unisex bag that sits in the closet that either one of us can grab and use for 3 days solo.


Man, why can't I figure out how to post pictures!?!?!?! Talk about epic fail.

Really, I did the mock bugout, I even had carried my coldsteel hawk because well, nickname of Tonto, you MUST carry a hawk - right? Started the night fire with blastmatch and the old reliable vasline and cotton balls - heck, I even helped out a younger couple err... fellow survivors.. get their fire started because all he was doing was making a lot of smoke. I even ate some Mountain House Lasagna packet with a Best by date of November 2006 stamped on it. It was good but the cheese tasted a little rubbery.

It really drove home Sunday nite after coming home and relaxing for a few hours how sore my Calf muscles were, to the point that it's hard to walk until I get moving a little bit to stretch them out. There were other campers..err.. survivors who walked the entire 17.2 miles, while we only did maybe 5-6 miles over the two days. Just sitting behind a computer saying I've got a Bugout Bag ready means nothing if you can't carry it for a distance if a vehicle isn't available.
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Jamie » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:30 pm

Festus and I had a great weekend trip. We met up on Friday afternoon to camp at Jone Pond, up in the Adirondacks...sorting gear and talking about our plans for the next 2 days...

Our plan was to hike 11-12 miles on Saturday with full packs from Saranac Lake to Onchiota, along a retired railroad bed through a mix of swamp and forest...the fact that it was predicted to rain most of the weekend, and that it was (and is) the buggiest Summer the Adirondacks has known in a generation, didn't change our plans, although our preps and packing did change a bit...

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I was trying to reach a balance between lightweight and practicality...I rocked a Hennessy Hammock (to provide me some protection from the bugs), along with their tiny sil-tarp to give me minimal weight while still getting enough coverage for 2 nights of rain (including one night of horrific thunder and lightning)...since I was planning to bring long underwear bottoms and a fleece top anyway, I wanted to try and trim weight by skipping a sleeping bag, so I slept in my fleece and wrapped myself in a microfleece blanket...the first night was in the mid-40s, and the second night was in the mid-50s...I tend to sleep warm, and was fine both nights...

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We got the cars and boats (more on that later) settled early the next morning, and were on the trail by 8am...it started to drizzle about 40 minutes into the hike, but I was comfy leaving my raincoat on top of my pack, keeping the top dry for the moment...

I bought a GraniteGear Virga, an ultralight backpack, about a year ago, and wanted to try it out on this hike...the pack weighs only 19 ounces, and is rated to carry up to 20 pounds (which I exceeded by a couple of pounds)...the pack adjusted very well to my back and the hike and the weather, and didn't seem to mind the extra weight I loaded into it at all...i consider it a win, and will use it again...

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We walked for a couple of hours in the rain, swatting more flies than seemed possible...we saw lots of deer prints, a fisher cat, bear tracks, a beaver slapped water right next to us, and a mink crossed the trail about 10 yards in front of us...we took a couple of minutes at this beaver swamp, took off the packs and ate/drank for a bit of rest...we had just crossed a stream over a bridge we made from a downed tree...using our walking poles for balance/support...

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We finished up the hike by a couple of minutes past noon, and made our way to our boats, to begin the second leg of this trip...a paddle from Onchiota up Lake Kushaqua to explore a bit before finding a nice island to camp on for the night...it was still raining the whole time, and cooling off enough that we both wanted to put on our raincoats, more for warmth than to keep dry (that ship had sailed hours ago in the swamp...

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We paddled the length of Kushaqua, a manufactured lake, to the dam at the top, and then back down a bit until we found a nice spot to camp for the night...

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The rain broke for long enough to allow us to setup our hammocks, and hide what dry clothes we still had inside the hammocks for later...we didn't think there was much point in changing into dry clothes that would only get wet before we wanted to go to bed...

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Some ducks came by close enough that we could have bagged the mother and probably also all of the babies we wanted, had we been hungry enough...we also talked about bringing a fishing kit next time to get some fish, and a small gun of some flavor to pop some of the squirrels that chattered at us all afternoon and evening...

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While exploring the little island during the remaining hours of daylight, we found a bunch of coyote poop, but never heard/saw one while we were there...

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We stuck with best practice and hung our food using the PCT method, which worked as well as it always does...

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Festus used his alky-stove, I used my JetBoil, both worked perfectly... I tried some new Coleman freeze-dried food, enjoying both quite well (bigger than a MH single portion, but not as much as a a double portion)...

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By the next morning, we had spent the night being woken up every hour or so by loud/bright thunder/lightning, and our boats had more than inch of water in them...the hammocks (both of them hung with HH tiny tarps) made it through the night essentially dry, although it rained hard enough to splash more than a foot up from the ground...

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We paddled for a couple of hours from our spot on Kushaqua down through the Rainbow Lake Narrows, and eventually down into Rainbow Lake...these lakes are all long and narrow fingers, gauged out by the last ice-age, and connected by tiny cuts between them that were pretty tricky to find in a couple of cases...

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The rain picked up in earnest by late morning, and we got back into our rain gear for the final push through Rainbow Lake, which is filled with loads of tiny islands, including some that are floating masses of sphagnum moss, some big enough to have trees growing on them, that move back and forth across the lake with the winds...

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We pulled out at the bottom of the lake after two days of rain and bugs and living rough in temperatures in the 40s and 50s...I tested my UL pack, a lightweight sleeping system, some new foods, and a new raincoat, along with a bunch of tried and tested gear over a broad range of terrain and activities...we portaged our boats and gear about 150 yards out to the road, and hiked the short distance to the car we left at the bottom of the lake...cold and wet and tired and bitten and dirty and happy!

We hiked about 12 miles and paddled about 8-10 miles, and lived/slept out in rainy/buggy weather for about 48 hours, living out of the packs we carried...

It was a great trip!

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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Woods Walker » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:34 pm

I set off with my uncle from the Bear Mountain tower in NY. Our destination was the William Brien Memorial shelter/primitive camping area. The total round trip with side excursions came in around 12 miles. My pack weight was 28 lbs including water and food.

Bear Mountain tower and overlook.

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The AT often crosses roads, bridges and even though towns. Playing frogger crossing the Palisades Parkway.

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High scrub is my all time favorite terrain. The short bushes/trees are nice plus someone can get a great lay of the land. There are often wild edibles and beneficial plants in the scrub but we will go into that later. The primary downsides being exposure to sun and storms and lack of clean water.

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Speaking of storms something was brewing.

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We made it into camp around 7ish and meet a few hikers. The first question I ask anyone is “where/how is the water” as this is a priority. We were told the best bet is to head down a steep hill around .4 of a mile to a steam which is stained dark yellow. Honestly I wasn’t in the mood for hiking nearly a mile just to get water but setup camp and headed down. Firewood was lacking in the area so took whatever was available during the trip to the stream.

The rain hit as we returned to camp. I took along my larger tarp which was used for a hangout/cooking area. Also worked great to keep the firewood dry though everything was damp from the get go. I packed my hobo stove with DIY alcohol stove backup. It was a risk running the stove under my hammock and fly. I have burned fires under cheap tarps before but when the price tag is 200+ overhead it gets questionable. :shock:

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The prevailing winds shifted during the storm and smoked up my hammock a bit. Then again all my gear smells of wood smoke which suites me just fine.

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When not cooking the hobo smoked less. For safety I tried my best to keep the fire low. We burned mostly Mountain laurel, Chestnut oak and Black birch. Thinner sticks burn easier than thicker wood if damp.

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I will often collect tarp runoff for additional or even my primary water source. The trick is to give a little time for the tree/tarp grit to wash away first. I use whatever is at hand to collect rain water.

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My standard warm weather camp Hennessy Explorer DLX with undercover/open cell pad and Equinox 8x10 siltarp on it’s own ridgeline. The temps dropped into the lower 50’s with damp air. Not overly cool but enough to make packing under insulation worth while.

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The local watering hole wasn’t all that desirable and the toilet paper only 15 feet away made it a no go.

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The filter wasn’t able to remove all of the tannins from the stream water. No big deal. Always pack extra water storage options as this will increase your range from a water source.

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My DIY alcohol stove, wind screen/pot support combo. I used that rather than a fire to boil water for breakfast.

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The lean-to looked more like a bomb shelter. I was told about a resident rattlesnake which frequents the lean-to but it was MIA.

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I packed a Mora 546 and A.G. Russell Woodswalker with a DIY Kydex sheath. There wasn’t any real need for a larger knife on this trip. Heck I mostly used the neck knife. The Fenix HL20 headlamp rocks for throw.

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Some of the trail was moderate in difficulty but nothing I would consider hard.

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The mountain laurels were in full peak bloom. The window for this is very short and felt lucky to see it. This spectacle went on for miles.

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Critters.

The area does have rattlers but all only seen this dangerous NY killer serpent. I risked death taking this photo! :lol:

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I have no clue as to what this male ruffed grouse was up to. The crazy bird followed me 10 feet off the side of the trail for 150 feet never giving up the chase until cutting me off just before a hill. My best guess is this was a young male defending his territory. Whatever the case the bird disappeared once I left the area.

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The mosquitoes and flies were around but not so bad. I found 2 deer ticks crawling up my shorts and wasn’t happy about that. Lack of bugs is one reason why I actually prefer winter camping.

Bushcraft.

I didn’t have much free time but was able to find some wild edibles.

Cattails growing in a swamp. Come to think of it this swamp had a beavered out look if there is such a word. I don’t know the area well enough to verify if the rodents are still roaming about.

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Beaver water is well known as a no go without treatment therefore was careful pulling out the cattails. I removed the green outer growth and slime layer.

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Fearing potential beaver fever I cut a few more outer layers and ate the core of the young growth raw.

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Violets.

The bloom is long over but the leaves are also edible.

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Apples.

I have no explanation as to how this single small apple tree got here but it wasn’t ready for prime time. Maybe early fall it might be good to go.

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Blue/huckleberries

The wet spring seems to have produced a bumper crop of both blue berries and huckleberries. Like the apple these were still green. Guessing 3 more weeks on these but hard to tell.

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Sweet fern.

Not really a fern at all but useful just the same.

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I read the leaves are used to make a healthy tea which can treat diarrhea. Never ate any part of the plant but believe the agreeable smell of the crushed leaves is disagreeable to bugs. It may help with itchy woodland conditions like poison ivy exposure. I crush a few handfuls and rub the smell on my skin and clothing. Also heard the leaves will help keep fruit longer. Some of this maybe crazy bush talk so take it with a grain of salt.

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A good trip but being only 12 miles/24 hours was a bit on the short side. The Mountain laurel extravaganza was the top attraction by far. The extra hike for water the biggest downer. On a side note don’t eat or rub any plants in your face without doing your own research.
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by Woods Walker » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:16 pm

Erie quiet.

The stainless Nalgene canteen looks better blackened as it screams of used anti mail ninja gear. I also use a Fenix or Quark with diffuser for a camp lantern. I agree with the larger hammock tarp but have packed my smaller tarp which is just like Jamie’s.

Speaking of Jamie that looks like a great float trip. :D
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Post by Woods Walker » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:00 pm

Blackdog wrote: bad things are set off by one random minor event that triggers a whole chain of events.
Picking A over B is always the best move but I have done the B thing even knowing the risks. :oops: No accident happens in a vacuum.
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Post by Blacksheep » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:41 pm

Woods Walker wrote:Erie quiet.

The stainless Nalgene canteen looks better blackened as it screams of used anti mail ninja gear.
I know... but it was sexy :(
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Re: Summer Mock Bugout Contest Entry Thread

Post by rsnurkle » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:20 pm

I am a fan of the actually-used anti-mall ninja look for gear, but the first time I blackened a ss cup and a ss bottle in the fire, I realized the loose crud that fell off it when I put it back in my pack was not ideal. Time to look into some crudifiable bags for these items, I guess?

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