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[–] Titus-of-Voat 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I had an amazing weekend. @1WinfieldBlue you would have loved it.

Did a two night three day backpacking trip. Nothing backpacking vets would brag about, but it was an accomplishment for me.
I've always been an avid car camper but this was my first backcountry camping experience.

It is satisfying carrying everything you need to survive on your back and heading out into the forest, something I want to expand on, do longer and more challenging trips.

This trip tied into something else I have been working on, map reading. I only read about a third of the navigation book I bought last week, but the information was helpful. I stopped a lot on the trail and observed surrounding topography, referencing map and compass; trying my best to determine my position. As I progressed on my trip I felt my skill at finding my orientation progressed as well. Navigation is for another time, this trip I relied on the marked trail.

I ordered some trekking poles afterwards. While I feel my fitness is reasonably good, I bike and jog, as well as moderately work out. My calves and glutes were aching from traversing the altitude changes with 35 pounds on my back. I'm going to be hitting the Elliptical machine at my gym, that probably best simulates hiking up and down hills.

I should have paid better attention to my feet. I've never had any skin tear or blister issues with my hiking shoes, and I've been on day hikes up to 12 miles. However going down hill with a heavy pack put more pressure on my toes. This resulted in skin tears on my little toes. I felt a little pain on the first day but not enough to make me stop. This was a mistake. I thought my shoes were fine and that this was nothing. No, I should have stopped right away, took my shoes off and inspected my feet. I could have avoided the skin tears with what I had in my pack. The resulting damage to my toes caused me to only hike 6 miles on my second day when I originally planned to hike 12. I missed out on an extend loop of the trail. This isn't a huge deal, but in a survival situation I would not want to be burdened with such a stupid self inflicted injury.

I'm going to making some changes to my pack after this trip. I ordered a lighter stove and lighter sleeping pad. The sleeping pad is stupid expensive but I hope I get years of use out of it. Making other minor changes too, maybe after I finalize the pack for my next trip I'll post a list.

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[–] giantthrobbingcock [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good job! Hiking is a skill that a lot of preppers don't develop.

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[–] Titus-of-Voat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks. I definitely want to keep at.

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

35 pounds is a bit heavy, especially for a true top-to-bottom first time. How much of that weight was water?

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[–] Titus-of-Voat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I started with 4 liters, eight and a half pounds or so. Plus I had six and a half pounds of food.

I've identified ways to save weight although the 35 pounds was okay for my body. With the addition of trekking poles to assist with altitude changes that weight should be very manageable.

Still I strive to make changes which sensibly reduce weight.

I wanted enough food to give myself the option for a third night. Which is why I was heavy on food.

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[–] Pedersoli 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The old duece was a real gas pig. They roll easy as well. If it is currently running it is a good deal though at $500.

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[–] giantthrobbingcock [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think the base truck is an M215, but it has the front mounted winch. It was running five years ago, but has had a really hard life. Is there a source of parts?

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[–] Pedersoli 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You can get parts for anything if you want to pay the price and spend the time to fix it up. I had a 1966 army jeep I was going to restore, it was in good running order but needed some body work. I ended up selling it instead and bought a YJ. The YJ was actually better off road and you can get parts anywhere without ordering online.

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[–] pessimisticsteel 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Shit the truck is worth that much just for the scrap.

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[–] DillHoleBagHands 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Have about 21 days of emergency food. That does not include canned, jarred, and dried foods.

Working on getting 500-1,000 rounds of every caliber for multiple rifles and pistols. .22, 9mm, 7.62x39, 7.62x54r, 5.56, etc. I don't have any good scopes, so I am saving up for one.

I would definitely jump on that truck. I don't really have a bug out vehicle. Used to have a '67 C-20. Old girl refused to die until the rust reached the frame.

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[–] Negro_Nazi 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Uh. I refused to get high this weekend. does that count

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[–] giantthrobbingcock [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sure it does. A clear mind and body is the first step to being competent and prepared.

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[–] Negro_Nazi 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I agree

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Finished up the dental care series I've been rolling through for the last year or so. Being done with this is pretty fuckin' good news. Also, if you go to your regular teeth cleaning, they'll give you everything you need: floss, mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste, just a little LPT for you there.

Had the construction guy out to look at the camper on my truck.

  1. The roof construction is not safe.

  2. The huge back doors on it is not safe.

  3. He bitched about the exact same construction things I've been bitching about. He even said the exact same thing I said: "Guy had a great idea, his execution sucked, so you ended up with something only done half right."

I'll definitely be hiring him to help with the rest of it when I need more experience or an extra person. Being an office guy, I'm not well versed in construction. This also means that it's going to take at least two months longer to get this done than I really wanted. His rates are right though so....

Added to the food prep collection. Vacuum sealed and thrown in the freezer.

Got the dog a year's supply of dog food.

Had nothing but praise for my medical preps. Was cutting sandwiches (did you know that Arby's sold a venison sandwich on the 21st?) and cut the living fuck out of my finger (it feels weird having a knife running through your flesh, btw). A great first aid kit and 4 minutes later, the bleeding was stopped, the cut as clean as it could get, slather a few things on it, bandage and tape. I heal really fuckin' fast so the bandages came out that night, was a tad sore the next day. Now it just looks like a paper cut.

Heard back from the solar people again. Gonna talk with them Wednesday about moving forward. Was previously denied financing because my debt to income ratio was just at the upper limit but I paid off my car so that should clear that right up (this is why I paid off my car early). Too bad it's not the EMP hardened system but if an EMP hits, home probably won't be safe past the second or third day anyway.

Since Imma get solar, I turned the temp setting on the fridge and freezer to something less electricity intensive. No need if I'm gonna have backup power and that will save on the power bills meaning more for preps!

Truck repair people are gonna come look this week. I have $1500 ready to throw at repairs. I know what the problem is and how to fix it but my diagnostic skills aren't up to snuff. I want someone in who knows what they're doing just in case they can spot something I wouldn't know to look for.

Organized my ammo by type. Now each ammo type is in its own ammo crate. 38, 357, 45 colt, 22, 25 auto, 12 gauge.

Been using my prep kit gun cleaning kit. Looks like a copper colored metal dildo but it's every size I need. No room for oil, cleaner, patches but I can throw those into a small "water proof" case and call it good. Small, portable, relatively crush proof. I'm happy with it.

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[–] Titus-of-Voat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You probably already know this, but make sure the dog food is stored in a dry place. A tenant left a big bag of dog food in the basement, I don't know how long it was down there, but it turned into almost a paste and bugs were all over it. Gotta love how some people live.

Did you try the Arby's? I heard they were demoing that might role it out large scale. I'd make a stop to try it.

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The dog food is sealed. For now, it's on the back "porch" which is just an enclosed room without any heat or AC. It'll stay there for the winter unless it's a warm, humid winter. In that case, I have a closet just for pet stuff. It'll go in there with the treats, bones, canned dog food.

I did try the venison sandwich. It was incredible. So I bought a total of 4 more (had to go to other stores because they had a limit of 2 per customer). Those are now: cut in half, meat separated from bread/condiments, meat vacuum sealed, bread lightly vacuum sealed, stored in the freezer.

They did elk sandwiches in three states. Venison was all over the country.