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Bugging Out - 1st try

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Hydrocram
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Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby Hydrocram » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:56 am

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I'm going to be putting my Bug Out preps to the test next week. A friend and I are heading out for 5 days on some Quebec crown land. Here is the quick show and tell of what's in my pack. It's a High Sierra 75l backpack. It currently weighs 35lbs loaded without the shotgun and with the 2.5l Hydra bladder empty.
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Shotgun is a 12" Dominion Arms Grizzly (Rem 870). Will not be used for hunting... only warding off hungry critters that are known to be where we are going. Next is my Les Stroud jungle machete. I've heard mixed reviews on it, including that they break, will have to try it and see. Next is my Cold Steel GI Tanto knife for bushcraft and some cheap spear tip knife that I just like. The slingshot is mostly for fun but if I'm lucky enough to hit a squirrel or rabbit it would be a nice treat.
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I like to have a little comfort in my shelters. My friend on the other hand is more than content sleeping on the bare ground in a lean-to. I have an ENO ProNest hammock with an MSR e-wing tarp to overtop. The cammo ground tarp is optional and will stay home on this voyage. As always about 150' of 550 paracord and a folding stool as my luxury item.
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Hydrocram
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Re: Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby Hydrocram » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:58 am

Continued:
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Homemade wood gas stove, mess kit, firestarters/lighters saw and shovel, water filter/purification etc.
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Food, fishing, and snare.
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Toiletries, first aid, and communications. not shown are change of clothes and GPS. I'm sure I could probably do just fine with less than all this, but I'd rather have too much than not enough.
I will try to take some pics and video of our bug out trial and update how well my preps do or do not sustain me for the week.
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Re: Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby anitapreciouspearl » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:10 pm

Have a great trip!! Sounds like fun - aside from the bears ;) !
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Re: Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby Lysa » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:42 am

Love to hear about this - what would you change for next time??
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Hydrocram
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Re: Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby Hydrocram » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:52 pm

well I'm back and it was AWESOME!!! Unfortunately neither my friend nor I remembered to pack a camera so there is no documentation of all the provable events....such as the many black bears and cooking/eating snakes.
All I do have are the GPS images of where we went. Keep in mind this is all on foot, cutting our own trail with machetes.
I left a few items behind...I did not bring the shovel or stool. And the entire time I was away I wished I had a stool and shovel.
I could have brought less food. I suppose it's better to have too much than not enough, but we way overpacked food items. I would not bother packing a change of clothes other than dry socks. I spent the entire week in the same pants and long sleeve shirt. Changing into shorts would have been a death wish with all the bugs and sharp branches. Hammock camping is absolutely great. Perfectly comfortable but you must layer correctly to stay warm between 4 and 6 am.
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Re: Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby pustolov » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:13 am

How did you like your Les Stroud jungle machete ?
How long did you guys stayed?
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Re: Bugging Out - 1st try

Postby Hydrocram » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:55 pm

we were gone 4 days. Not very long.
The machete was great. I loved it. No negative issues at all. Planning another trip in February or March. promise to bring a camera this time.
Here's a pic of my shelter setup from another outing at our cottage. And I forgot to post the GPS pics, will do that also but I have to compress them a bit as they are too large to post.
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