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by rsnurkle
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Day hike and testing some kit
Replies: 16
Views: 1801

Re: Day hike and testing some kit

A good tent will be easier to keep warm with your body heat than a hammock system Not necessarily true. Reading the rest of your comment, I think you may be trying to say "a tent system is easier to add field expedient insulation material to than a hammock," which I do agree with, however I want to...
by rsnurkle
Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Malkoff MD2 initial field testing & mother nature warning.
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: Malkoff MD2 initial field testing & mother nature warnin

Nice report on your tests--new light looks good to me!

And yes...I can just imagine those sizable branches were tossed like toothpicks by mother nature--definitely a good time to be out of the woods.
by rsnurkle
Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: VWMBO - Now with more beard!
Replies: 17
Views: 1260

Re: VWMBO - Now with more beard!

Just echoing the chorus that this was an awesome trip and report, thank you for sharing! How does yourtraditional clothing deal with rain? Especially if you are wearing the mail, as well? You mention hoping Mother Nature will make up her mind about actual-winter or actual-spring--instead of this wei...
by rsnurkle
Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 2016 Winter MBO entry thread.
Replies: 14
Views: 4278

Re: 2016 Winter MBO entry thread.

EDIT: Quote of last year's rules removed, as Woods Walker has updated the official first post. For the curious: 2014-2015 WMBO entries are at https://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=114942 2013-2014 WMBO entries are at https://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=110559 2...
by rsnurkle
Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: IA Woodsman Survival Kit Fire Starter field test.
Replies: 11
Views: 789

Re: IA Woodsman Survival Kit Fire Starter field test.

Woods, thank you for experiencing the suck of cold water and filming it for the viewers back home! =) Like you've mentioned, the colds hands part seems to me to be the big weakness in this system. As I was watching, I was thinking about two things that would be nice to add to the system: * clear che...
by rsnurkle
Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Crowd crush during Hajj in Mecca
Replies: 10
Views: 964

Re: Crowd crush during Hajj in Mecca

My takeaway: avoid big crowds, especially fervent crowds of the type found at religious pilgrimage destinations, political rallies and protests, pop concerts, and holiday sales events. YMMV Quick note spurred by your "fervent crowds" comment, as the stampedes/crowd emergences in this specific pilgr...
by rsnurkle
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Camino de Sanitago
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Camino de Sanitago

I know two women who walked El Camino a number of years back, and so some impressions from their comments. It did not sound like a "camping" trip for them (sounded like there were regular village stops almost every night), so their packs were probably a cross between an mid-hike AT thru-hiker and a ...
by rsnurkle
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 20 metre Bugout: Modustollens' First Entry
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

Re: 20 metre Bugout: Modustollens' First Entry

Great report for a trip focusing on a topic I (clearly, in error) have not yet learned much about!

Thank you for sharing, getting my brain thinking. Definitely do another report if you do a Batteries Endurance Test trip.
by rsnurkle
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: History Channel Alone survival series
Replies: 159
Views: 22585

Re: History Channel Alone survival series

Someone over on BCUSA made a great easy to read list of the gear for the people on the show, since this forum doesn't have the same table code set up here is a screen cap of it. Good to see there's discussion about this show on ZS! I've actually been on ZS for longer than BCUSA, but have been watch...
by rsnurkle
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 2015 Surprise ZS Summer MBO contest chat thread.
Replies: 30
Views: 2686

Re: 2015 Surprise ZS Summer MBO contest chat thread.

Serious questions. How does this work? Can anyone announce their own MBO and location? Is it just a pictorial and review of an overnight camping trip or hike? Go to the official entry thread for more rules, explanation, and instructions on what you need to do and how to report it: https://www.zombi...
by rsnurkle
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Summer MBO #4. Run for the hills. Hammock overnighter.
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Re: Summer MBO #4. Run for the hills. Hammock overnighter.

I prefer ventilation whenever possible. The hammock itself is water resistant on the sides due to the fine mesh and sil nylon undercover. More headroom means I can cook (with care) even with a wood burning hobo stove under the tarp in the rain. Also with the tarp so far out it's very rare to have a...
by rsnurkle
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Summer MBO #4. Run for the hills. Hammock overnighter.
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Re: Summer MBO #4. Run for the hills. Hammock overnighter.

Woods, nice trip report! (And nice trip reports for Summer MBOs #1-3, too, that tindercraft made me want to practice and learn far more about creating embers...) I'm surprised at how far out your tarp guylines extend. Do you have a number on their length, and is that your usual setup to get nice ven...
by rsnurkle
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Apocalypse training in WV (MBO Entry)
Replies: 8
Views: 993

Re: Apocalypse training in WV (MBO Entry)

Nice fire protector! Didn't quite understand until I saw the pictures, but once I did, decided immediately to file that setup away for potential use. So to answer your question, the design looks pretty good--especially if you did any sort of thatching/start from the bottom with your leaves, to help ...
by rsnurkle
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My first documented MBO (not official entry!)
Replies: 6
Views: 981

Re: My first documented MBO (not official entry!)

+1 for hammock setups (I'm a big fan of hanging). Since it looks like you've got a flying diamond for your tarp, and you mentioned testing some thinks, I wanted to post a link on tarp setup: http://theultimatehang.com/2012/09/choosing-a-tarp-for-a-hammock/ In particular, if you haven't already, lear...
by rsnurkle
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My budget winter tent/stove
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

Re: My budget winter tent/stove

Agreed with WW: nice setup! Do you have pictures of the front with the door open? And where did you get your stove jack?
by rsnurkle
Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Rate my BOB
Replies: 28
Views: 2903

Re: Rate my BOB

Tampons are an amazing, single use, cotton medical kit add that are individually packaged in a sterile and waterproof plastic wrap. They can be packed in or around various wounds and are extremely absorbent. Those are the non-obvious bonuses of tampons, the obvious one is if you have ever been camp...
by rsnurkle
Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Cold weather auto travel prep (sparked by recent pileup)
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Cold weather auto travel prep (sparked by recent pileup)

Situation: A 90+ vehicle pile up on the freeway, including semis with fireworks and hazardous materials, in single digit temperatures, with subzero windchill weather and limited visibility. New report link: http://www.wwmt.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/I-94-shut-down-in-both-directions-by-f...
by rsnurkle
Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Mama's EDC critique
Replies: 20
Views: 2847

Re: Mama's EDC critique

Looks good, you have: Hygiene/Health Repair materials and tools Extra snacks Signaling Backup finances, and some emergency info Daily use materials (drawing materials) Since ZS does disasters* is there any emergency/problem that you're particularly worried about and trying to prepare for with this k...
by rsnurkle
Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Modustollens, Winter Mock Bug Out, Entry #2
Replies: 7
Views: 1153

Re: Modustollens, Winter Mock Bug Out, Entry #2

Great trip and report! Thank you for the details on your pulk--that looks awesome, even if it was a bit of a beast to pull in to camp.
by rsnurkle
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Advice on packing
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Advice on packing

Woodswalker, that article includes one of the standard diagrams I was (very briefly) searching for and did not find, thanks for linking to the article. http://www.ospreypacks.com/images_pages/AE_How2PackR2.jpg I have internal frame packs, so my default is always heavy items in the middle, like in th...
by rsnurkle
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Advice on packing
Replies: 21
Views: 1525

Re: Advice on packing

The "how" to pack any bag usually has two goals: * packing the bag so it rides well when you're wearing it * packing the bag so your most commonly used items are easily accessible There are many resources for loading a pack so it carries well. The main idea is to get the heaviest items you're carryi...
by rsnurkle
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Getting traction on my ultralight BOB
Replies: 5
Views: 1098

Re: Getting traction on my ultralight BOB

I just received the pack last week so I haven't had a chance to do any testing yet. It's a hybrid of cuben fiber laminated to 50d nylon on the outside for abrasion resistance. Here's a video link to the durability of the cuben fiber on it's own without the nylon laminated to it: http://youtu.be/8gf...
by rsnurkle
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: hammock question
Replies: 32
Views: 4035

Re: hammock question

quick update. I picked up a bear grylls bug net hammock from REI for $46 shipped. The suspension system is heavy and not reliable. I'm going to give it to my 10 year old and look at the Hammock bliss sky bed bug free and their XL tarp next 1. Stock hammock suspension can be swapped on pretty much a...
by rsnurkle
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Getting traction on my ultralight BOB
Replies: 5
Views: 1098

Re: Getting traction on my ultralight BOB

What situations are you building this BOB for, and have you tested the pack out yet? With ultralight stuff I'm very interested in both typical-use and non-typical use gear test reports, and people's impressions of the limits/best practices for UL gear. With the milspec/milspec-type of gear (specific...

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