2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Mister Dark » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:02 pm

2 more days. YEAAAA. And the forecast keeps revising colder and colder.



Bring it.


...well, "cold" here, being mid to upper 20's, and cloudy but low chance of precipitation. But yea, bring, ummm, it...

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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Takaaco78 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:21 am

Think Woods Walker has a Rhododendron fetish... You should come to my house i have to beat the stuff back with a stick its everywhere
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Woods Walker » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:26 am

There were some real good entries posted in the last few days. Remember posting an entry in a ZS mock bugout = street cred so get off the sidelines. :lol:
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Woods Walker » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:28 am

Takaaco78 wrote:Think Woods Walker has a Rhododendron fetish... You should come to my house i have to beat the stuff back with a stick its everywhere
:D Often I have to head a little bit south to see them. Around my parts we have mostly Mountain Laurels.
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Mister Dark » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:55 pm

Bag is packed, everything finally in place for my WMBO hike. My mockSHTF starts early tomorrow morning. Looks like the weather will be interesting, to say the least.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. High 51F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tomorrow night: Rain showers early mixing with snow showers late. Low 33F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 60%.
Saturday: Becoming windy. Snow flurries in the early morning will give way to partly cloudy skies during the day. High 42F. NW winds at 10 to 20 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph.
Sunday: Flurries and windy. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper teens
OH YEAAA. Personally, I feel temps in the 30's/40's with precipitation can be more dangerous than temps in the single digits. Its just warm enough to fool you, a light drizzle can soak you just as deeply as a downpour, and hypothermia can sneak up quick. Should be interesting.

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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by the_alias » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:34 am

So I'm set to camp out tmr night just in the local woods - it is going to go down to around 5f I think at the lowest.

A friend is joining for his first wild camping experience! We will each be using our hammocks and hopefully won't have to bail because of the cold...

I for one might try another trip later in the month if the avalanche dangers start to lift :/
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by omega_man » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:04 am

Oh shit! The balloon just went up. Time to Bug Out!
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Post by xxxDarksidexxx » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:01 am

More trips this weekend, sweet! I just scored another fatwood log, so I may be giving up additional prizes for something like best shelter, camp meal, or fail... who knows. :lol:

This new score lights up real nice, burns great, and loves the wind. :D

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Post by mmaiolo81 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:06 pm

xxxDarksidexxx wrote:More trips this weekend, sweet! I just scored another fatwood log, so I may be giving up additional prizes for something like best shelter, camp meal, or fail... who knows. :lol:

This new score lights up real nice, burns great, and loves the wind. :D
I do have to agree there have been some really good bug outs the past few weeks...

It is nice to see that all worked out to your wishes darkside... It was looking bleek there for a minute...
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Post by Woods Walker » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:56 pm

Just got back from a Thursday-Sunday trip. Hope to read all the new entries from this weekend ASAP.
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Post by TheLastOne » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:48 pm

Good post there doc, looks like fun.
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Post by rsnurkle » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:07 pm

Great trip doc66--tell Junior I hope to see an awesome entry from her in about three years. It looks like she'll be ready to give these minimalists a run for their money by then. :D

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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by omega_man » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:14 am

my entry is in. awesome time, can't wait to do it again!
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by the_alias » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:53 am

Mine was cancelled my DIY setup was not up to the temps that were expected :(

If it eases up I'll give it another shot - I just don't want to freeze to death!
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Takaaco78 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:58 am

the_alias wrote:I just don't want to freeze to death!
that would result in Instant disqualification!!!
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Post by the_alias » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:03 am

Takaaco78 wrote:
the_alias wrote:I just don't want to freeze to death!
that would result in Instant disqualification!!!
It was set to get to 4-5f over night and my fart sack is only rated to 15f!
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Post by Gingerbread Man » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:26 am

My report is up, learn quite a bit. Mostly learned my limits and it's fine to quit and go home. :lol: And that my pack sucks. Recommend me a light weight pack that is good on space and is around $100. I also need a small two person tent. Everything worked I just need to tweak some things.
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by the_alias » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:38 am

Regular Guy wrote:My report is up, learn quite a bit. Mostly learned my limits and it's fine to quit and go home. :lol: And that my pack sucks. Recommend me a light weight pack that is good on space and is around $100. I also need a small two person tent. Everything worked I just need to tweak some things.
$100 might be a little tight there dude.

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Post by Gingerbread Man » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:05 pm

the_alias wrote:
Regular Guy wrote:My report is up, learn quite a bit. Mostly learned my limits and it's fine to quit and go home. :lol: And that my pack sucks. Recommend me a light weight pack that is good on space and is around $100. I also need a small two person tent. Everything worked I just need to tweak some things.
$100 might be a little tight there dude.

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I saw this, gets 5 stars. Any thoughts?

http://www.rei.com/product/816553/high- ... pecial-buy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by elricfate » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:15 pm

Regular Guy wrote:
the_alias wrote:
Regular Guy wrote:My report is up, learn quite a bit. Mostly learned my limits and it's fine to quit and go home. :lol: And that my pack sucks. Recommend me a light weight pack that is good on space and is around $100. I also need a small two person tent. Everything worked I just need to tweak some things.
$100 might be a little tight there dude.

Light , Cheap, Durable - pick two!
I saw this, gets 5 stars. Any thoughts?

http://www.rei.com/product/816553/high- ... pecial-buy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I got one of these awhile back (Jan 2011) for longer trips

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OZ ... 00_details" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It's not been bad. The clips can sometimes take a beating, but the seams have held up.
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Gingerbread Man » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:33 pm

elricfate wrote:
Regular Guy wrote: http://www.rei.com/product/816553/high- ... pecial-buy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I got one of these awhile back (Jan 2011) for longer trips

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OZ ... 00_details" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It's not been bad. The clips can sometimes take a beating, but the seams have held up.
Cool, I put in my Amazon cart for next pay day. Mr. Dark has a pack I'm going to check out but that looks good to me. Thanks!
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by the_alias » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:34 pm

35 liters seems a bit small for a BOB
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by Gingerbread Man » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:38 pm

the_alias wrote:35 liters seems a bit small for a BOB
Yeah, Omega Man told me I was doing it wrong @ 35L. I'm either going with Mr.Dark's 55L bag or Elricfate's suggestion with a 90L bag. I like big. [/Size queen] :lol: I'm new to all this pack thing since all I've ever used in a military style bag.
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Re: 2012 Winter Mock Bugout Contest "Chat Tread"

Post by TheLastOne » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:11 pm

Regular Guy wrote:
the_alias wrote:35 liters seems a bit small for a BOB
Yeah, Omega Man told me I was doing it wrong @ 35L. I'm either going with Mr.Dark's 55L bag or Elricfate's suggestion with a 90L bag. I like big. [/Size queen] :lol: I'm new to all this pack thing since all I've ever used in a military style bag.

If you have an rei near you, you can go there and try everything on. They have weighted dry sacks you can toss in the bags and walk around the store with them for as long as you like. I found my osprey 48 that way. Fits me nicely. Backpacks are one of those things that might fit one person well, and another person will feel like they have a monkey with knife hands on his back. Srsly recommend going to try em. Osprey is a little more expensive, but they are lightweight and of good material and construction. Rei outlet has mine and a 65L on clearance, higher than your budget still. Here's links just for fun

Mine:
http://www.rei.com/product/837184/ospre ... 1-closeout" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

the bigger one
http://www.rei.com/product/837187/ospre ... 1-closeout" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I also like how you can use the lid as a gear grabber clamp down thing too. I stuff a rolled usgi poncho and wool blanket under mine.
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