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by Collie of Doom
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Rail Riders Gear Review - Khaki and X-treme Adventure Pant
Replies: 5
Views: 2340

Re: Rail Riders Gear Review - Khaki and X-treme Adventure P

I think for completely bomb proof (almost literally) pants, you'd do well to get a pair of Nomex or Aramid pants from a 2-piece flame resistant armored crew or flight suit. I lucked and managed to find a Nomex crewmember shirt at a mil surplus store, and nearly got away with getting it for a STEAL, ...
by Collie of Doom
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: What would you want on a map?
Replies: 70
Views: 2644

Re: What would you want on a map?

" Cool discussion. Hard decision points, sources of water, and locked gates were especially good pieces of advice. Given my slight memory issues, I'd probably mark up my maps with cryptic symbols, only known to me, with no legend to explain them to outsiders. And then I'd likely forget what the symb...
by Collie of Doom
Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: What would you want on a map?
Replies: 70
Views: 2644

Re: What would you want on a map?

Know where all the locked gates are. I do a lot of off-road riding. Not all the roads/trails shown are passable due to locked gates. That is a very very good point. A lot of the off pavement roads have locked gates. Some are open during certain hours, others certain seasons, and yet others only if ...
by Collie of Doom
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: What have you bought lately? (Bug Out Version)
Replies: 1764
Views: 275360

Re: What have you bought lately? (Bug Out Version)

Nice cap/balaclava combo. :clap: You should sell those. I'd shoot myself if I had to do that much 2x2 ribbing again any time soon. :P I had just finished knitting a bunch of kid/teen sizes of wool mittens and socks for a charity knitting project, and at least those were small and the ribbing was mo...
by Collie of Doom
Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Civil Unrest In Middle Eastern Arab States
Replies: 1127
Views: 59237

Re: Civil Unrest In Middle Eastern Arab States

According to Nawaf al-Fares, a recent Syrian government defector, Shawkat was running an AQII training camp in Syria. http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-15/middleeast/world_meast_syria-defector-interview_1_deir-ezzor-damascus-regime-bashar-al-assad" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That's...
by Collie of Doom
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Basic Minimum Essentials for a 24 Hour Scenario?
Replies: 34
Views: 2351

Re: Basic Minimum Essentials for a 24 Hour Scenario?

I've slept out of doors a few times down to 50 degrees, dry, with nothing but my normal street clothes. It wasn't comfortable, but it was not dangerous. Skill and experience are what count in this scenario, where the danger is not from starving to death, but in panicking and doing something stupid. ...
by Collie of Doom
Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Boots or Running Shoes?
Replies: 46
Views: 5923

Re: Boots or Running Shoes?

Tough call... Personally I carry running shoes strapped to my BOB and wear the boots on my feet. Turn it around and pack up the boots and wear the sneakers when the situation calls for speed and climbing or when the boots get too hot. I think it is a good idea to have an extra pair of shoes on hand...
by Collie of Doom
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:09 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: How to clean old boots?
Replies: 24
Views: 1759

Re: How to clean old boots?

It depends on where you are. In inclement climates where low temperatures or constant rain are an issue, the only way to get dry is stay dry. Especially if you will be under movement too much of the time for any of your gear to dry under cover. Nothing says miserable like days and days in wet damp c...
by Collie of Doom
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6662
Views: 326691

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Interesting weather headed for a lot of us. I got a weather radio couple weeks back. I'd better find it and stick some back up batteries in it.
by Collie of Doom
Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: WTF shelter designs
Replies: 33
Views: 4840

Re: WTF shelter designs

jehicks87 wrote:
jamoni wrote:
whataburger wrote:I guess nobody uses a plain ol shelter half anymore! lol
:D
I used to, but then I got a DD-214!
This post made me happy! Lol
Me too!!
by Collie of Doom
Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: How to clean old boots?
Replies: 24
Views: 1759

Re: How to clean old boots?

Suede, I hate suede. It's just not very practical outside a desert - inside a desert, you just apply more sand to any dark spots. :mrgreen: Outside a desert, I have washed a pair in the washer and air dried them. I suspect this would wear them out faster, and it certainly took off what little waterp...
by Collie of Doom
Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bridges out...best way to get my sweet hiney home?
Replies: 54
Views: 1827

Re: Bridges out...best way to get my sweet hiney home?

Also, having dealt with rapids and strong currents, 1) be careful, 2) don't put your feet down on the bottom if it's real bad (the current will push you under - but you can float right across if you manage to keep your body floating near the surface of the water), 3) if you get stuck in a current or...
by Collie of Doom
Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bridges out...best way to get my sweet hiney home?
Replies: 54
Views: 1827

Re: Bridges out...best way to get my sweet hiney home?

I'm so glad you went there, cuz I was going there next - "Caulk the wagon and float it across." Ah, Oregon Trail. The game is now available on your cell phone, if you're feeling nostalgic. But seriously. I think you'd do better with a good amount of rappel-quality rope, a floater, some carabiners, s...
by Collie of Doom
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I
Replies: 6557
Views: 999071

Re: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I

This looks like it could be a decent BOB for not a lot of money, 50% off today and free shipping: http://www.botachtactical.com/snslfo35.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Youtube Review Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0duDGMc2ofg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;...
by Collie of Doom
Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4402
Views: 237316

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

I just read an interesting book about the global banking crisis. It's called Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World. I do recommend it. It gives a run down on what happened, and takes a stab at the underlying cultural reasons, though really these are just theories. It's more politically balanced ...
by Collie of Doom
Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Army "Loads Carried By Soldiers" report
Replies: 46
Views: 3151

Re: Army "Loads Carried By Soldiers" report

A real lifesaver for me was learning to do my runs "barefoot" style. When I got out of the military back a few years ago, I would get bouts of knee pain so bad I hated running and was concerned about permanent damage. It was to the point where I thought surgery would be needed. Now, with my new run...
by Collie of Doom
Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Army "Loads Carried By Soldiers" report
Replies: 46
Views: 3151

Re: Army "Loads Carried By Soldiers" report

They want to get down to 48 lbs for approach weight, 72 lbs for fighting weight? The body armor and helmet alone weigh 35 pounds. Another 14 pounds of weapon and ammo (basic 7 mag load, doesn't count weight of scope or what have you.) Throw in 2 or 3 liters of water for good measure, though you neve...
by Collie of Doom
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Storing veggies in wet sand?
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Storing veggies in wet sand?

Storing veggies in wet sand?? Sounds like a recipe for kimchee.
by Collie of Doom
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World
Replies: 172
Views: 24258

Re: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World

Thanks for sharing, Tater. You have become very well versed in what makes you tick, out of necessity. The school of very hard knocks. You have more self-awareness of your liabilities and limitations than most of us do. And that puts you at something of an advantage. Sounds like just enough of an adv...
by Collie of Doom
Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Micro fiber towel?
Replies: 11
Views: 753

Re: Micro fiber towel?

I like 'em. And cheap is good, too. And, if they don't work out for you, keep it for washing the car, or the dishes. ALWAYS know where your towel is. And don't panic :mrgreen: I knew the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would come into this! :) I do have a very small MSR towel (hand cloth sized) in...
by Collie of Doom
Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6662
Views: 326691

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

It was yesterday, actually, went for a run first time in several months. 3.5 miles. The soreness is starting to seep in, now that it's been 24 hours (I always have a delayed effect for that.) Going to get back to 20 miles a week, but gradually. I also looked at the jumbled pile of gear in the closet...
by Collie of Doom
Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Cheap bulk foods for diabetics?
Replies: 21
Views: 2472

Re: Cheap bulk foods for diabetics?

Rolled oats and spelt grain, unprocessed? Finely milled? Somewhere in between? Unless you have the means to grind it on your property (not a bad idea if you have the money, time and space for it) you want grains that are as minimally processed as still makes cooking them feasible. Type I Diabetics, ...
by Collie of Doom
Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Quesiton for service members who served in A-stan and Iraq
Replies: 77
Views: 4959

Re: Quesiton for service members who served in A-stan and Ir

Doc, I'm glad you got a package from folks here and it was so awesome! I just sent out one to an old buddy of mine who they actually convinced to go officer. A lot of us Army folks who were recruited for language school after 9/11 already had degrees so they were ALWAYS trying to convince us to go O...

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