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Title: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: Socrates on October 19, 2018, 01:12:40 AM
Found this great source for ultra light gear (http://www.hikelight.com/shelters.html).

I'm interested in ultralight gear for a number of reasons:
- if you're bugging out and on the move, you need to maintain speed and not get worn down by the weight of what you're carrying
- you're more likely to keep a light and smallish bug out bag with you
- ultra light means more space and weight for other important items
- i consider a tent a primary item and only ultralights offer acceptable size and weight
- i'm outfitting a MOLLE belt above which i'm thinking a small backpack; this is because i've experienced that packs during warm weather are a disaster. They both wear down the shoulders and get very uncomfortable. A small/light pack can be carried over either shoulder [i.e. alternatively] if your back gets hot or tired; the heavy gear can then be carried directly on the hips by way of the MOLLE belt.
(https://images.ecosia.org/iwoQWb9vnZwQMveJ1Tx91vDi9ws=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Faz321826.vo.msecnd.net%2F6296bc8112c245309be1258f3a08eb6a%2FImages%2FProducts10867-1200x800-485660.jpg)
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: ilinda on October 19, 2018, 10:02:34 AM
Those tents have come such a long way, some weighing in ounces, rather than pounds!  Looks like a good tent selection, especially when you click on one or another and see how much larger they might be, as pictures can be deceiving.

One was 100" long for the tall sleeper.
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: Yowbarb on October 19, 2018, 07:01:22 PM
Found this great source for ultra light gear (http://www.hikelight.com/shelters.html).

I'm interested in ultralight gear for a number of reasons:
- if you're bugging out and on the move, you need to maintain speed and not get worn down by the weight of what you're carrying
- you're more likely to keep a light and smallish bug out bag with you
- ultra light means more space and weight for other important items
- i consider a tent a primary item and only ultralights offer acceptable size and weight
- i'm outfitting a MOLLE belt above which i'm thinking a small backpack; this is because i've experienced that packs during warm weather are a disaster. They both wear down the shoulders and get very uncomfortable. A small/light pack can be carried over either shoulder [i.e. alternatively] if your back gets hot or tired; the heavy gear can then be carried directly on the hips by way of the MOLLE belt.
(https://images.ecosia.org/iwoQWb9vnZwQMveJ1Tx91vDi9ws=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Faz321826.vo.msecnd.net%2F6296bc8112c245309be1258f3a08eb6a%2FImages%2FProducts10867-1200x800-485660.jpg)

Socrates, great idea for a new Topic,
good stuff,
Barb T.
Title: 18 lbs bug out bag
Post by: Socrates on October 22, 2018, 08:35:25 AM
This ex green beret (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EJQQPKHtJw) shares what's in his 18 lbs bug out bag and why.
This is a very detailed vid and i think this man sounds as common sense and knowledgeable as he does experienced/wise.

I have been spending a lot of time watching youtube vids on tent/tarp/bivy options and ground covering/matrasses [a 3rd big one would be sleeping bag/covers]. My main interest is weight since [like the man above] i believe it is a big deal.
Mind you, i'm planning on having heavier redundancies. For instance, i have my Cold Steel
(https://images.ecosia.org/6XQH0BTGsXWax7HrsNQdAUpjl0k=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thebushcraftstore.co.uk%2Fekmps%2Fshops%2Fbduimportsltd%2Fimages%2Fcold-steel-special-forces-shovel-with-cover-13966-p.jpg)
... but then i'd also like to get a Fivejoy multitool, which is smaller and lighter but good quality:
(https://images.ecosia.org/e5NEkEYPeGTxOzY2vItNwBl2ApE=/0x390/smart/https%3A%2F%2Fimages-na.ssl-images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F51U7bN0S-5L.jpg)

After all...
2 = 1, 1 = NONE

Some larger items might also be buried somewhere, or covered in concrete, for that matter. Who knows, some kind of FEMA-like organisation may steal all i have and i'll be sent on my way, lucky to keep my shoes... It would then be great to have a cache of all necessary items for survival and homesteading lying around somewhere.
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on October 23, 2018, 05:19:36 AM
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Who knows, some kind of FEMA-like organisation may steal all i have and i'll be sent on my way, lucky to keep my shoes...

Hopefully any major blackout that affects you and us will also affect them... :-X
Title: shelter/ground cover/sleeping bag
Post by: Socrates on October 28, 2018, 11:36:34 AM
I believe these are the big 3, in more ways than one. Too big or heavy a shelter/tarp/mattress and your backpack really gets to be a pain in the butt. So i've been scouring the internet in search of good options. Today i think i finally ran into the tent i've been looking for:
the Zpacks Plexamid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tBkJvscnc).

At under a lb [422 grams] it has it all:
- enough height to sit up straight in
- 2 walls
- bathtub bottom covering
Going at $ 550 (http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/plexamid.shtml) it ain't cheap, but then few great items are.

I was looking at getting myself a good tarp [some folks are doing amazing things with tarps, folding them into tents and everything; tarp origami] and getting a nice bivy for underneath, but the above Zpacks tent is even lighter than that kind of setup would be (and probably easier, roomier and smaller to pack up).

Still researching other gear options. So many to choose from. Will keep you posted.
(https://images.ecosia.org/HDDEy2Zx75dzO5UXBJ-HIUo6rFM=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Fzpacks.com%2Fimages%2Fshelter%2Fplexamid%2Fplexamid-sitting-l.jpg)
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on October 28, 2018, 11:59:06 AM
That is a nice looking tent Soc!

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tarp origami

  :)
Title: tent vs hammock vs bivy
Post by: Socrates on November 02, 2018, 10:39:12 AM
Tent vs Hammock (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYZcS-9Tejc)
In the above vid Backpacking with a Hammock lists a bunch of pros and cons related to hammocks and tents.

My 2 cents... are based on
1: my personal experience, i.e. especially in semi-arid regions
2: an post-apocalyptic scenario in which there ARE no trees to which one might attach a hammock
Actually, most American and UK survivalists are busy in the woods. They're dealing with getting food there, sleeping there, dealing with wildlife there, etc.
As far as i'm concerned, the kind of scenario in which 99.9999% of humanity gets killed does not allow for forests to keep standing. Hell, if things were that easy, i'm sure we could not trace all human genetics today back to 33 surviving female lines (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWqEFiHxpvM)...
Megagales, megatsunamis and megaquakes, yet limited catastrophe enthousiasts would have us all believe that forests will be fine. Yeah, right...
So give me a tent over a shelter that requires trees to function.

In Tent vs Bivy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbRuQU-BMxU) Darwin on the Trail debates the minimalist bivy [plus tarp] vs tent.
I was on the fence about this one until i learned about the less-than-a-lb cuben fiber tent out there (in which one can sit upright and has a bathtub bottom).
Title: camping trowel
Post by: Socrates on November 02, 2018, 11:17:11 AM
Darwin on-the-trail: Necessary or Nonsense? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyL9guVCRHM)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41wC%2BGNUEKL.jpg)

(https://images.ecosia.org/KAJvhJwufFJx0Qm-igSq_fNWo6w=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coolthings.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F08%2Fvargo-dig-dig-tool-1.jpg)

Ya gotta be able to dig. If you've ever been in the wild you know this to be a fact.
Why did Zach Fowler win Alone season 3? Well, for one, he took a shovel with him. And though i love my Cold Steel shovel [that i have thanks to Zach Fowler], it is really heavy [which is one of the reasons it makes a great defensive weapon...] and maybe not something to take with you on a long hike. Well, if you did, you wouldn't need the trowel...
Title: bugoutbag / backpack / EDC bag
Post by: Socrates on November 03, 2018, 02:41:14 PM
I think i just had a eureka moment  :D
- i'm outfitting a MOLLE belt above which i'm thinking a small backpack; this is because i've experienced that packs during warm weather are a disaster. They both wear down the shoulders and get very uncomfortable. A small/light pack can be carried over either shoulder [i.e. alternatively] if your back gets hot or tired; the heavy gear can then be carried directly on the hips by way of the MOLLE belt.
I've been looking into bags and i believe i've run into a wonderful option [one that i'd never considered before]: the sling bag.
(http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/auc-waiper/cabinet/item01/ha/b2/hab282705101_1.jpg)

When hiking and climbing, it's great when a bag can be moved around a bit. And there are really only 4 options:
- on the back
- over one shoulder
- on the front
- in your hand
Now this Hazard 4 sling bag hits 3 out of 4 well, whereas traditional backpacks only do the back well and the other 3 poorly:
- the straps are not made to rest over one shoulder
- too bulky to ride comfortably at the front/chest area
- too heavy and big to carry in one hand [as it will touch the ground]
But there's more...

- The Holmes can ride higher or lower on the back or to the front, giving you a chance to let certain muscles rest or areas of the body to cool down/dry out
- It slides easily to the front [why it's also called Messenger] so you can access it's contents without having to take it off
- It comes off in a second
- The fact that it can be adjusted to be worn in so many positions means that you can get it out of the way when forced to navigate difficult terrain [i.e. like when climbing]
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/L48BZwYKGPA/hqdefault.jpg)

I think i'd like to put my most bulky but lightweight gear [sleeping bag, tent, mattress, etc.] in the 20 L bag and leave heavy things like tools on my MOLLE hip belt.
This bag is made from first rate materials and has MOLLE options all over as well.
The alternative to a pack like this one is a larger and heavier bag that wears down the same muscles all day and gets your back all sweaty (and therefore potentially too hot or cold), one i've had uncomfortably hanging on one shoulder in turns (because it's pretty uncomfortable), hanging on my chest [also uncomfortable since the straps are not made for this] or even in my hand [which only works for a short time because it's too heavy for this].


One caveat: such a bag demands truly minimalist gear, like the ones i've mentioned in previous posts in this thread. Larger tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, etc. would not work; there just isn't enough room. But then, like i said, experience has taught me that one doesn't have a choice; in order to be able to walk all day, day after day, one's pack needs to be much smaller than most people consider normal. Like, yeah i've walked up a mountain all day with a heavy pack, but then i needed 3 days to recuperate from that! In a true SHTF situation, one will likely neither have time nor opportunity to recuperate if one overexerts oneself. So travel light, smart and properly outfitted.
Title: hiking / bug out; what NOT to bring
Post by: Socrates on November 08, 2018, 11:40:10 PM
Great vid here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLPPwEb4ZFU) from a guy who started hiking in '13 and talks about his evolution of gear since then.
Yeah, better to learn from people like this than to reinvent the wheel and unnecessarily make the same mistakes. We can tweek the contents of a bag according to our SHTF expectations but for the most part, the kind of things hikers on long trips learn also apply to TEOTWAWKI situations.
Title: the importance of a proper bug-out-bag
Post by: Socrates on November 09, 2018, 11:37:44 PM
My interest of late has been directed at creating a good bug-out-bag. It didn't used to be.
What changed?
This vid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk6wmbMJz5I&t=579s) maybe explains it; i love Simon Sinek but especially this Evan character made a point that hit home for me:
'Your greatest pains determine your passions'. As he explains, his own failures and miseries in becoming a successful entrepreneur motivated him to helping people out in achieving success. So how does this relate to me and why should you care?

A week from now it'll be 3 years ago exactly that i was kicked out into the street by police and wife. Out of the blue i get a phone call from the police that (after 6 years living where i was) i was to vacate the premises immediately. I was not told why, i was not offered enough time to gather my things. Worst of all, i was immediately in shock because i was actually being told that i was losing my son [which really hit home since i'd already lost my daughter through similar State interventions].
I gathered a few things and left the house. No car. No money. Just a few things i'd collected and remembered to grab, things i'd bought previously, prepping...
I learned the hard way just how UNprepared i was.

I almost died in the following weeks. Literally. Okay, for one, i didn't have a tent with me. Bloody fatal mistake. But in general i did not have a bug-out-bag READY and in retrospect even if i had had one ready back then, it would not have been a good one, i.e. prepared for many worst-case scenarios.
This passion of mine today stems from that traumatic experience 3 years ago; i don't ever want to go through something like that again and by that i mean, being so (unnecessarily) vulnerable and unprepared.


You should care because if you're anything like where i was 3 years ago, you're hoping and thinking you're fine because you even friggin' have a bug-out-bag, right?!
I mean, hardly anyone has a bug-out-bag so you're doing well, right?
And my point here and now is: No, not right; that's placing the bar far too low. Just because you have a bug-out-bag means next to nothing. What you need is a bug-out-bag that will do what a bug-out-bag needs to do. And most bug-out-bags are probably based on wishful thinking and counting on all kinds of things to go right for it to have any use at all.

The biggest problems people face are these:
- it can't be over 20 lbs
- you need the proper equipment [tent, mattress, sleeping bag, water filtration, etc. etc.]
- good quality light-weight equipment is usually expensive

Please allow me to be blunt: a bug-out-bag that ways you down so you become exhausted and slow should not even be called a "bug-out-bag" since it depends on all kinds of things like you having a car (at your disposal), cars working, roads working, government allowing you to drive, etc. etc. etc. All kinds of things could throw a wrench in a strategy that demands that most things stay the same. But since we're talking worst-case scenarios when we're talking bug-out-bags, that's not realistic.
When TSHTF there might not be good roads, government might become your worst enemy and try to stop you from moving, there may not be any gasoline, etc. etc. etc.
And that is the eventuality you are preparing against.

So to put together a bug-out-bag that has the right to be called a "bug-out-bag", you need to look to what thru-hikers and such put in their bags; these people go out on the trail for months at a time. But to be clear: they are generally trained and chances are you are not. And that means you're going to need every edge you can get, for the pack the trained thru-hiker carries and is comfortable with, will probably end up being at least a little uncomfortable for you. Now compare that with a 50 lbs bag [i.e. as opposed to the proper 20 lbs one] on your untrained back... Instead of making 20 miles a day, you'll probably end up making as many miles per week!


You may have your life on your back just as i had 3 years ago. No mercy, no help, no money to buy your way out of trouble. You may be in shock. That's no stretch of the imagination since we're talking about preparing for the 'end of the world'; chances are you will lose loved ones too stubborn to prepare or react reasonably [let alone listen to you]. And hard choices are bad enough but when you don't have the time to process, even the best of us won't have all of our mental capacities at our disposal. You must be ready to function even though you can't think (straight) anymore. It's that or die...

So forget 'lame' bug-out-bags that weigh 50 lbs, full of food and water, etc. etc. If that's your 'bug-out-bag', then you don't really have one and you might as well be honest with yourself that that's the case. At least from that point of honesty you might then perhaps reconsider your priorities (and start working on putting together a proper bug-out-bag).
What 'prepper' doesn't have a proper bug-out-bag? Just sayin'.
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on November 10, 2018, 05:26:35 AM
Regarding the abrupt summary expulsion from your home:

Sounds like the work of Dragon Lady (M-in-L)?

You've inspired me to work on a bug out bag this week!
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: Socrates on November 10, 2018, 09:14:55 AM
Sounds like the work of Dragon Lady (M-in-L)?
Truly, i believe i have been under attack all of my life. Every great change i have ever attempted led to some kind of disaster coming out of nowhere. I mean, i know that sounds paranoid, but i have good reason to believe it's true [also coming from certain sources i trust].

You've inspired me to work on a bug out bag this week!
:D
At any rate, i've given you an idea about a great tent to get (which took me weeks of research to find). Btw, i think the best 2-person version is the Duplex (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCV2AgGG49g). Is also Cuben fiber.
[You know what they say: "Buy smart and do it right the first time"...  ;)]
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on November 10, 2018, 10:07:54 AM
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Truly, i believe i have been under attack all of my life. Every great change i have ever attempted led to some kind of disaster coming out of nowhere.

Sounds typical of the Matthew 24 description of the Elect.  Supposedly it gets better...
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: Socrates on November 10, 2018, 10:32:49 AM
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Truly, i believe i have been under attack all of my life. Every great change i have ever attempted led to some kind of disaster coming out of nowhere.

Sounds typical of the Matthew 24 description of the Elect.  Supposedly it gets better...
still waiting...  ;D
[Okay, kidding a bit; actually things seem to have eased up a bit [I actually saw a Project Camelot interview years ago that might explain why; long story...] and are not too bad at the moment [still not acceptable, mind you!]...  >:(

 8)

In fact, i'm thinking about starting up a(n online) business concerning all this ultra-light gear and such. Y'know, i was walking around in the local 'outdoor' shop and i notice they lack many of the most amazing products i've been learning about online lately: less-than-a-lb tent, sling rucksacks, heelless shoes (http://www.xeroshoes.com/), etc. etc. Not to be found.
I'm thinking about putting up an Ebay shop and such where one might get all of these items [i.e. without having to scour the net looking for them!] and a great bright side to that would be... i'd have a collection of such ultimate gear with me if the sht ever hits the fan [talk about bartering gear...]. Anywho, nice dreams. Maybe within a year [and those are much better prospects than i've had in about a decade].
Mercy...?  ::)
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on November 10, 2018, 10:46:10 AM
It sounds as if you may have found a much-needed niche, as prepping is increasingly on people's minds right now - even going mainstream.

Would love to hear about the Project Camelot interview when you have time to share.  :)
Title: Project Avalon...
Post by: Socrates on November 10, 2018, 12:04:57 PM
Would love to hear about the Project Camelot interview when you have time to share.
... interview with Inelia Benz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvQHcgP8RV0).
Perhaps you can 'understand'...
She claims she has never been incarnated before. She claims she 'fought' with the ultimate evil on Earth and then it repented and disappeared from this realm... At which time i was liberated because it was the head of a coven to which i had been affiliated in previous lifetimes... [This is not what she claims; it is my take on the matter. Conceited, i know...]
Pfff, right?
Really, who can take me seriously after a statement like that? Still... It's my truth.

So, if this interdimentional being left this realm and freed me from his wrath/vengeance [though not freeing me from the wrath/vengeance of the the coven he once led...], i had a chance of becoming free again.
I'm just saying... I have fought battles that most people would find imaginable or unbelievable. Which to me is quaint since they are very real to me... [and had awesome real-world consequences!].
Anyway, so i take these things quite seriously though i'm sure there are billions who would laugh to my face for discussing them. Eben, as the German say [translated: "whatever"].
To me it is all quite real. To this day.
Eben. [= "even" = "equal" = French "égal" = Spanish "iqual", i.e. 'whatever', what does it matter? French: "'Ça m'est égal" = "How do i care?", i.e. "even/eben = equal/igual.]]
 ;D


P.S. and btw, again, one of the many values of posting on this forum... by finding this interview i learned that she has a youtube channel... Awesome! I had no idea and i'm investigating now [i.e. thanks to your inquiry].
Title: clothes for in the bug-out/EDC bag
Post by: Socrates on November 10, 2018, 10:48:55 PM
Layering clothes (https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,6400.msg107891.html#msg107891).
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on November 11, 2018, 10:05:49 AM
Socrates,

How did you come to learn this information about your past?

Her comment that we have access to a whole range of under-used abilities (telekinesis, remote viewing...), but that they may lead to a dead-end in terms of spiritual development if used in service to ego, made sense.  Of course, some of it can't be turned on and off, such as dreaming.

Interesting that she explained the link between the gifts of healing and speaking in unlearned languages (tongues?), e.g. the conversation with the Brazilian.

The ability and willingness of a human given over to such advanced evil to repent and be transformed @ around 1:02:00 was powerful.  Also unexpected: one usually expects STS beings to remain on that trajectory, but apparently this being had reached the apex of worldly power of his STS journey and found the end point to be empty...in other words he had reached bottom.

Very instructive that she could only be of use in that situation without judging it.  Weaker humans might need to discern the evil and separate from it, in the same manner that she had advised the skilled exorcist fellow not to enter the house.  But she wasn't an ordinary weak human.  One wonders about the early childhood of the man who had followed the pure evil path.

Also interesting that she uses the adjective "beautified" to describe what happens to a being that repents of pure evil.

Am wondering how she was able to sit quietly in his presence without his having attempted to compromise her, given the STS propensity for conquest over good and theft of innocence.  The timing must have been just exactly right, and his ripeness for transformation must have somehow provided the energy that drew her into that situation.

How instructive that she and others like her were summoned by a call for help from Lightworkers who were inundated.  Perhaps we could agree to try that now? 

May we receive Divine assistance at this dark hour in which those who would do harm seem intent upon overtaking the Earth.  May the Earth be reserved as a place for the pure Light to infuse and raise the frequency of every being who passes this way, for the greater good of all.  May the Universal human right to freewill and unimpeded evolution be reinforced and refereed. May darkness either elect to be transmuted or depart at this time, and may we be of service wherever can be used in this sacred task.

And for Soc:
May he be released from any dark associations in the distant past, and from any oaths which he either knowingly or unknowingly might have sworn, or any indebtedness, to any negative group or entity at that time.  From this time forward, may he be free to walk in pure Light and fulfill his mission in service to others, with joy.
Title: Re: the dark/light
Post by: Socrates on November 12, 2018, 04:33:00 PM
thank you, Lori, for your intention.
For now the joy lacks but the mission remains.
Quite frankly, [The Power of Now in mind] i believe things like 'joy' and 'happiness' are overrated. Though it might be logical/understandable/forgiveable that those in distress cling to things like 'happiness', there are bigger issues at hand [I believe/live].

Anyway... yeah; there's more to 'life' than surviving it. Eben. [I would say "amen" but apparently that has Anunnaki connections (like "Amon").]

How did you come to learn this information about your past?
10 years ago while i was preparing to move to La Gomera [and ended up living there for 5 months] i learned about a "Spiritual Warrior workshop" taking place somewhere in Amsterdam, where i was living at the time.
I had become interested in such things because i'd become convinced that i was being viciously attacted on subtle levels by my Moroccan wife's family. Not too far-fetched a notion since Moroccans are well-known to dabble in dark magic; this people call themselves "Muslim" but they are as superstitious as they come and magic is quite popular in their culture.

I did the weekend workshop but the guy doing the workshop was so impressive that i arranged a private session with him, as well. Also because he was impressed with how much i had to deal with in the way of curses stuck in my aura and such [which he dealt with].
In this private session he went into some detail concerning my past and why i was dealing with so much negativity and how i could defend myself against it.
I take his input seriously because of all the things i saw him do during this weekend workshop, because of his story and because of his character. Also, in the following months and years i applied a number of techniques he taught me both during the workshop and in private. It was the beginning of great changes in my life.
Actually it's funny you ask, for i don't think about it too much anymore, but the fact of the matter is that that period in my life was a source of great change and assimilation of knowledge that has greatly effected me ever since.
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on November 12, 2018, 06:30:24 PM
It sounds like you met him at a good point in time. 
Maybe some of his teachings and methods might make a good thread?
Title: (DIY) bug out mattress
Post by: Socrates on November 16, 2018, 12:17:55 PM
ReallyBigMonkey1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=holUJTCDpP8) has this awesome new vid on a superior bug-out-gear mattress he devised, made and tested:
foam-mylar-foam-mylar-foam in cloth.

As your mattress is really one of the Big 3 in camping and survival, and as weight and quality are a big part of that, this is truly an awesome addition to real-life survival life.
Youtube 'experts' are already quoting reallybigmonkey's ideas and it's no wonder.
Check this guy out if you are at all interested in effective and affordable survival options.
Title: super matches
Post by: Socrates on November 16, 2018, 12:38:58 PM
Fire... one of the survival essentials. But then there's 'fire' and there's (awesome[!]) fire...  :o

So, Titan Stormproof matches are a good place to start. But here's a vid on making a supermatch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFQ4Lkv0cYk&t=2) using Titan Stormproof matches.
"Why?, you ask.
Well, i've tried to light a fire out when it's not too cold but windy; quite the challenge. So...
now imagine it being wet outside, cold, windy and your hands are stiff... I guess this might be one of those time the supermatch comes in.
Check out this vid; it is friggin' amazing.
Title: hardware 'BIG 3': knife, axe/hatchet, saw
Post by: Socrates on November 16, 2018, 09:53:18 PM
The bug-out or EDC bag is necessarily lighter; so i guess i'd exclude hardware like the Coldsteel Special Forces Shovel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-lEGxEuZ0g), though with a heavy heart. It's not one of my favorite survival tools for nothing: it helped Zach Fowler win Alone season 3, it's an awesome hatchet, good-size shovel and makes a very decent weapon.
Okay, i might try taking it along and dump it if i can't carry it anymore because my arm gets tired...  ::) 
But, you know what they say: If you can't carry the big sword, get bigger muscles...
I digress.

KNIFE:

Of all the knives i've reviewed, maybe i'm most impressed with Survival Lilly's APO-1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UaqwIkCXD8&t=33s) [short for "apocalypse 1"]; see the link/vid to understand why, but it's also because it's small enough to be part of an EDC or bug-out option but big enough to be a serious knife.

AXE/HATCHET:
Just maybe not...
After watching the following 2 vids yesterday [Saws vs Axes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw-3PDFq_gA&t=511s) & Wood Harvesting Tools for Preppers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwqn7hG5BIk)], i'm thinking to cut the axe/hatchet option from my lightweight kit for good. That's because it's easily the heaviest of the EDC big 3 and if you have a good knife and a good saw option already with you, it's kinda a luxury you shouldn't be carrying around with you. Also quite bulky.
I love my axe head [i wouldn't carry around the handle because of the weight, which also means it's not ready to use, i.e. also not as self-defense option] and consider it a potential tool for generations of use, so again with heavy heart... no.

SAW
I'm happy that my recent research confirmed a purchase i did awhile ago: the Silky Gomboy.
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81kC7JisKAL._SX355_.jpg)
Especially after watching the vid i just mentioned under axe/hatchet, it's clear to me that Silky's are the way to go when chosing a folding saw. That's why youtube survivalists, preppers and bushcrafters almost all seem to favor them. And the type of Silky they seem to agree on as the best for all-round use, is the Gomboy: big enough but not too big.
These folding saw options don't weigh much, are affordably priced [though by no means cheap], saw like crazy, last a long time and don't take up too much space [they also make less noise than an axe does, i.e. when you're trying to not draw attention to yourself].
They seem to have a single drawback: they cannot be sharpened. On the other hand, they will last a very long time. So this is where doubt creeps in, for an axe will last forever and can be sharpened over and over again. BUT... for an EDC option, the weight and bulk of the axe just makes it too much effort for that long-term promise. So bury a good axe in a cache or bug-out location and keep your Gomboy on your person.


My 2 cent's worth after a lot of research. Don't forget, there's a lot of wonderful [!] hardware out there we'd all like to bring with us in a pinch, but the hard reality of EDC and bug-out is that it has to stay light (and not bulky) which demands compromise.
I guess the bug-out option just always also means having some choice picks buried at some opportune locations as well, ideally. That way you can kinda have your cake and eat it, too...  :P
Title: Re: hiking / bug out gear
Post by: R.R. Book on November 19, 2018, 02:21:44 PM
That's a really nice looking saw - looks as if the blade locks open with the lever clamp?  Why would it not be sharpenable with a file I wonder?

The pole saw in the film also looked handy, though I'm curious as to whether it might be wobbly...I wouldn't have the nerve to try using it while standing on a roof though - that fellow is brave!  :)

Even though they rated the hatchet as being less useful, we'd get a lot of use from it here in chopping off the heads of fish, but someone probably makes an even smaller model for that purpose which might weigh even less?

Those tools remind me of this film:
http://123hulu.com/watch/LxRK6nGO-alone-in-the-wilderness.html

Title: Re: super matches
Post by: Yowbarb on February 24, 2019, 10:21:47 PM
Fire... one of the survival essentials. But then there's 'fire' and there's (awesome[!]) fire...  :o

So, Titan Stormproof matches are a good place to start. But here's a vid on making a supermatch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFQ4Lkv0cYk&t=2) using Titan Stormproof matches.
"Why?, you ask.
Well, i've tried to light a fire out when it's not too cold but windy; quite the challenge. So...
now imagine it being wet outside, cold, windy and your hands are stiff... I guess this might be one of those time the supermatch comes in.
Check out this vid; it is friggin' amazing.

Yo,
awesome, Socrates, I am copy pasting this post so people can also see it over in the firemaking videos topic (a name similar to that.
You come up with good stuff. :)  ;D