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by BlackBear
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: He's back, and baking in the desert!
Replies: 5
Views: 266

He's back, and baking in the desert!

When last our intrepid wanderer appeared, he spent a woefully underprepared night on Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain. In the time since then, he finished his law firm gig, trained as a mechanic, packed his family into a 1976 motorhome and a Subaru, and moved to the middle of nowhere high desert i...
by BlackBear
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Long time wannabe from Las Vegas.
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Long time wannabe from Las Vegas.

Greetings from the desert! I live off-grid just outside of Kingman, so I'm not too far from you. Unfortunately we have little in the way of storage (and more importantly, temperature-stable storage) but we're working on it! We just got our first hole dug for an underground greenhouse/root cellar. We...
by BlackBear
Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Lessons learned on Katahdin
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Lessons learned on Katahdin

For those who don't know, Mt. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and the highest point in Maine at 5,267 ft. My friend Tracy and I tackled the mountain Monday-Tues. Left Lincoln, Maine at 0500, arrived at Togue Pond Gate at 0700. (Note: If you decide to go up Katahdin, and w...
by BlackBear
Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: my first hiking experience
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: my first hiking experience

Excellent! Never too late to start. I want to re-iterate the compass idea. I would buy a good compass before anything else. And, also as stated above, learn to use it. If you can't find anyone to show you, at the very least get your hands on a Boy Scout Handbook - worth it for that alone, but so muc...
by BlackBear
Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

Well, much to our dismay, we were not able to make it out to the camping trip. However, in the spirit of the weekend, rougen and I decided to take a trip of our own. We snowshoed in about a mile, then walked a half mile across a lake to get to this island. I'll post more details and pics when I get ...
by BlackBear
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB

OK, new guidelines.

Or, an additional one. Since I'm going with something this small, I would prefer to keep it carry-on, so it has to be 22" by 18" by 10".
by BlackBear
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB

There will probably be a small sleeping bag and poncho with it. The gear I have for a GHB is all used, or inexpensive (but functional) gear. Largely stuff I upgraded from as I fleshed out my BOB. A medium ALICE is not a bad idea, actually. I've never liked the look of them, but I must admit for the ...
by BlackBear
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=26&idproduct=474" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Hrmm..... Am I missing something, or does that really say it's only 500 cu in.? It looked half decent...until I saw the volume. The Kelty one doesn't look half bad - my BOB's a ...
by BlackBear
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ideas for a travel bag/GHB
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Ideas for a travel bag/GHB

Alright, here's the situation. I have a BOB, moderately well stocked. Now that that's set, I've started on a GHB, which currently resides in an old cheap-ass backpack. I'm going to buy a new bag to house all my goodies. However, I also have an upcoming trip to Ireland, and my intent is to use this b...
by BlackBear
Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Shaving with "mug soap"
Replies: 40
Views: 4641

Re: Shaving with "mug soap"

Yeah, you can buy the brush at Wal-Mart - but I wouldn't I used that brush for about 4 months - it's made of boar hair, and just about the worst you can buy. If you're going to stick it in a BOB, it would be a suitable substitute. If you're going to use it for everyday use, spend a few more bucks an...
by BlackBear
Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Taurus Model 92AF 9mm - Yay, Nay? It was yay.
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Taurus Model 92AF 9mm - Yay, Nay?

I had one of those - a 99, actually, the only difference being, if I recall correctly, that the 99 had adjustable sights. The one I had was incredibly reliable. I never had a failure to feed or failure to fire. It was a great gun. I got rid of it because I wanted something in a bigger caliber. As Br...
by BlackBear
Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: will the DOT make me a second copy of my license?
Replies: 19
Views: 1035

Re: will the DOT make me a second copy of my license?

One time, pre9/11 someone opened a trust account in my name and put 50k in it. They opened that bastard and never even met me. Now, I closed the account post 9/11 and had to be there for that. off topic in my own post, sheeeeiiiiiiiit. Well, I just want to point something out - I know, I'm derailin...
by BlackBear
Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

Sadness abounds in the BlackBear household. It has become too much of a challenge with my employer, and monetarily, for me to be able to make it to this trip. Or, in spirit of the way the thread has gone - T|-|i5 i5 t3h s|_|xx0r!!!11!!!!one!!!!1!!!!eleven!! Seriously, though, this sucks. Well, maybe...
by BlackBear
Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Survival movies, share yours
Replies: 77
Views: 3695

Re: Survival movies, share yours

Far from home What is this one? Anyone remember a movie about a kid who gets a hatchet from his mom for his birthday. Is taking a trip...someplace and the plane he was in crashes in a lake just like in The Edge? That sounds like Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen. It's a book, but I don't know if they ...
by BlackBear
Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

We've had a moderate 8" or so here since 3. I miss Northern Maine. Anyway, I have learned that due to unforeseen car troubles, my roommate and his girlfriend will not be coming with me. Therefore, I do have room for at least one more - I don't know if I could do two, with all the gear. But I can cer...
by BlackBear
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

I have a x39. Fine in NY so long as it's 922r compliant (stock or modified with correct USA part count). Mine is stone stock at the moment, I have some conversion parts but keep forgetting to order the rest. My Saiga 12 will be making the trip with me, as will my Win. 94 .30-30. Correct me if I'm w...
by BlackBear
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

My Saiga 12 will be making the trip with me, as will my Win. 94 .30-30. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure I can bring my Saiga x39, as long as I only bring the 10-rounder. Yes? If so, that'll be coming too. No pistol play, though. I don't think they make a 10 round mag for my pistol Off t...
by BlackBear
Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

Well, I just got confirmation that my roommate convinced his girlfriend to go, assuming she can get that weekend off. I'm definitely coming anyway, but if they can come, you can count on at least three from ME!
by BlackBear
Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

I'm totally psyched for this trip. I just froze my stove overnight (MSR Whisperlite International) And it performed like a champ. I'm also trying to convince my friend and roommate to come. There might be a hangup - his girlfriend, and that whole Valentine's day. The more I talk about it, though, th...
by BlackBear
Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Bartertown
Topic: Looking for someone who wants to trade a .30-30 for a sub2K.
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Looking for someone who wants to trade a .30-30 for a sub2K.

If this was a .40 sub2k, I'd be in like Flynn.
by BlackBear
Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Help with Mod 92 loading problem
Replies: 11
Views: 623

Re: Help with Mod 92 loading problem

You know, for years I thought this was the case with my Win. 94. As it turns out, all I had to do was press on the loading gate harder and it would shunt the round forward, allowing me to load more. So, to the OP: Have you ever been able to load in more rounds? Or has it always been like this? beca...
by BlackBear
Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

Thanks, that's what I needed.

I knew about the ILA, but for some reason it escaped my mind. Plus, I was lazy.

Wow, I knew there was another reason I don't generally go near NY. I love Maine.
by BlackBear
Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: Meeting Room
Topic: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09
Replies: 323
Views: 21687

Re: NNY09WCT ---> 2/13/09 - 2/15/09

Alright I have two questions. First: Guns. Can you give a quick rundown on what's legal, where, when, how many cookies? I know NY doesn't honor my CCW permit (or anyone's as far as I know) and of course I'll respect the laws of the land and the rules of the trip. But what is/isn't allowed? I know th...
by BlackBear
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Help with Mod 92 loading problem
Replies: 11
Views: 623

Re: Help with Mod 92 loading problem

I think I know what the problem is in both cases, but I can't say for sure. However, this is how I load all my lever-actions and pump shotguns and I've never had an issue. Grab the first round/shell, load it about 1/2 - 3/4 of the way, hold it in place, grab round/shell #2, use it to push #1 into t...

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