Page 1 of 1

Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:30 am
by KnightoftheRoc
Open invite to anyone interested in joining in.
I'm planning a 2 day over nighter to the peak of Overlook Mountain (near Woodstock, NY). There's parking at the trail head, across from the Buddhist Monastery, and last I knew, low risk of car break-ins. It's a 2 mile hike up the mountain, give or take a bit, with a not too-intense grade, and the trail is an old brick paved road, so it stays pretty clear.

Here's the part that will either turn you on, or off- I'm going to do this with a medieval mind set. Simple gear, and low-tech. Modern equivalents to medieval tech are ok, we're not filming a documentary, so a modern hunting knife instead of a dagger would be fine. I don't have woolen leggings, so I'm going with my synthetic ones, with longjohns under them, to simulate the warmth of wool. I have a denim vest with a sheepskin lining that I wear sheepskin side out- it's not period accurate, and I don't care- it does the job of keeping me warm while looking the part. This is not a period-nazi friendly trip- if you have experience with them you know what I mean. This will likely make their head explode :mrgreen:

Here's what I'm planning on taking, so you can get an idea:
cotton shirt, long sleeve, rather loose, with a LJ shirt under it (maybe- again, I don't have the wool to make it accurate)
synthetic tights, with LJ under layer
wool socks
tall moccasins
wool cloak
leather belt, pouch, purse, knife
pack basket containing a canvas tarp (USGI shelter half), food (jerky, cheese, bread, pemmican, that sort of primitive ration food), water skin, metal cup.

Modern equivalents could be:
water skin- 2 liter soft canteen
cloak-wool blanket ( I may pack an extra, just in case, or as ground cover)
tarp- something modern, but canvas would be better, even tho it's heavier
flint & steel- firesteel and knife (my "flint" is a magbar)

Use your imagination, with an eye toward keeping it primitive, in function if not form. The only thing really required is a total lack of a sense of shame :mrgreen: If I can be seen in public in tights, you probably have nothing to worry about. I want to do this in the Spring, when it's still cold at night.

Anyone interested, post here, along with when works best for you, so everyone can see what timeframe it's shaping up to be. I may be bringing a student or two of mine from my youth group, so this may not be a ZS only affair, but the students I've asked about it are prepping friendly, so we may get some new ZS'ers out of it. Firearms, aside from EDC CCW are discouraged, please, but that's only for a time period reason. Substitute a crossbow or bow if you like.

Being that it's a rather short hike, there will be plenty of daylight on both days for bushcraft, target practice with the bow, or, if you want, there's a nice lake nearby for fishing, season and licensing allowing. One of the branches of the Red Trail runs right through the area we'd be camping, so a day hike further in is an option, too.

Also, I'm leaving MY sword home, I'd appreciate it if you did, too. We don't need to be THAT accurate, and if wights and bugbears attack in the night, you can throw me at them as a diversion while you make a getaway.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:43 pm
by Manliest
How have there been no takers on this?!
I'll have to figure out my gear, and may wear boots, but I'm in.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:39 pm
by KnightoftheRoc
Yeah, the response has been decidedly underwhelming, so far. You make the third person to say they're interested, the other two were via PM's before I started this thread. I'm going to ask both of them to jump in here so we can arrange a date.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:18 pm
by Manliest
Maybe if a prospective timeframe were given, others would become more interested?
The weather is already turning nice...and will probably only get better.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:58 am
by KnightoftheRoc
I currently have my plans on a holding pattern- my daughter is gonna make me a grandpa again any time now, and I'm trying to stay close to home till the baby gets here. That should be by the end of the month. So, starting in April, maybe? Let's hear input on what works for folks, so we can set it up.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:23 am
by KnightoftheRoc
How's the second weekend of April looking for people? I'm open to suggestions, but this seems to be the earliest available time for me, unless the new grand daughter decides to show up early.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:43 am
by KnightoftheRoc
OK, the grand-kid is here, everything's fine with both her and her mommy, so I'm ready to set this up! How's April looking for everyone? Pick a weekend, and let's make this happen!

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:39 pm
by Manliest
I have a concert to attend that weekend, and dare not cancel on my date.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:20 pm
by KnightoftheRoc
Manliest wrote:I have a concert to attend that weekend, and dare not cancel on my date.
what, EVERY weekend? Pick one that's open for you, we'll see how it shakes out.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:44 pm
by Manliest
Finals week next week. After that I have to fix my Subie then I'm down.

Re: Getting Medieval on a Bug Out...

Posted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:34 pm
by KnightoftheRoc
Well, I doubt the wool stuff will be needed by the time I get out, but I'm still interested in doing this. I'd have already done it, but Life keeps throwing me curve balls lately, hopefully finishing up this week- Sunday, a very good friend of mine suddenly up and died (only 32- massive coronary). Anything more comes at me, and I'm going to start getting real nasty to be around.