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by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 24 hour search/'Go' kit
Replies: 30
Views: 3753

Re: 24 hour search/'Go' kit

usually a quick shake out is good enough to clean the cup before boiling water in it for me, other views? If I'm worried about mine, what I usually do is give it a quick rinse with clean water, then upend it over the fire for a minute or two. Not in the flames, per se, but close enough that you get...
by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Help: Bag/pack options?
Replies: 39
Views: 5378

Re: Help: Bag/pack options?

The best way to think about weight distribution and how it affects your body long-term was explained to me by an old Vietnam vet: Think of your waist and hips as a pivot point. The further you have to lean your upper body forward on that pivot point, the more stress you're putting on your shoulders,...
by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Help: Bag/pack options?
Replies: 39
Views: 5378

Re: Help: Bag/pack options?

For measurements: I am about a 17.5 inch back, and about a 28-31 inch waist (hot active days vs. fat & happy days). I am a tallish, skinny guy with a slightly short torso. I think the ALICE is fitting me well, but I could easily be wrong. It would not be the first time. Being tall and skinny, pay c...
by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Fort McMurray Evacuated
Replies: 69
Views: 7845

Re: Fort McMurray Evacuated

I suspect that if a bunch of firefighters and assets showed up uninvited no one would mind and I doubt anyone would to see visas. Agreed, but unless and until an official nod is given somewhere, you're probably more likely to see volunteer FFs showing up with their own bunker gear and kit on their ...
by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Fort McMurray Evacuated
Replies: 69
Views: 7845

Re: Fort McMurray Evacuated

My insurance comment was addressing your cost concerns. It is another sovereign country they have to request aid, but I know they send firefighter aircraft to the US so I am sure if they ask through channels help would be given. One other caveat is that the conditions that led to the wildfire there...
by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Fort McMurray Evacuated
Replies: 69
Views: 7845

Re: Fort McMurray Evacuated

This is going to be the costliest disaster in Canadian History. Are we going to do something about it? I am not smart enough to figure out "what" by myself. This is the problem with disasters of this nature. The government has been cutting back fire prevention programs in order to remain fiscally r...
by Maeklos
Sun May 08, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Awesome MRE reviews
Replies: 3
Views: 1144

Re: Awesome MRE reviews

Thanks for posting this! I'm having a lot of fun watching this guy review MREs. Thankfully, his accent isn't as thick as some Kiwis that I've known. I've lived with MREs ever since I was a kid in the '80's, and the evolution of American MREs has been interesting - comparing them to MREs from around ...
by Maeklos
Sat May 07, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Help: Bag/pack options?
Replies: 39
Views: 5378

Re: Help: Bag/pack options?

I actually found an old post of mine where I talked about my BOG (Bug Out Gear) setup. Might give it a once-over as an alternative to having everything in one pack. I tend to favor the layering approach, as it lets me adjust what I'm carrying as well as letting me have things I consider vital on me ...
by Maeklos
Fri May 06, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: The Price of Intervention
Replies: 9
Views: 2370

Re: The Price of Intervention

In answer to witnessing a shooting I would draw my CCW find a defensive position behind cover and be a good witness. Unless it was absolutely necessary I would not engage the target, unless I was attacked. +1. The only time I would consider direct intervention if my life wasn't directly affected is...
by Maeklos
Fri May 06, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 24 hour search/'Go' kit
Replies: 30
Views: 3753

Re: 24 hour search/'Go' kit

Hm, only other thing I could think of would be a small LED lantern, something that you can hang/clip/set down to provide a constant source of light. I've always found these easier to use than a headlamp when I'm doing fine tasks with my hands in the dark.
by Maeklos
Fri May 06, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 24 hour search/'Go' kit
Replies: 30
Views: 3753

Re: 24 hour search/'Go' kit

Don't know what type of comms you use - radios, walkie-talkies, etc - but might give some thought to an inexpensive solar charger. Might give some thought to tossing a space blanket in there and maybe even a disposal emergency raincoat. Not just for your own use, but also in case a recovery needs 'em.
by Maeklos
Fri May 06, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?
Replies: 59
Views: 16687

Re: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?

Eat pet food? No way in h3ll http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/shocking-truth-about-dog-food/ Ick. I think industry standards have changed quite a bit in 26 years, especially considering the various "shocking discoveries" and public outcries that tend to crop up every few year...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Evaluating your current location???
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Evaluating your current location???

If you're looking to start up some self reliance in your local community, don't pitch it as disaster preparedness. Pitch it as financial preparedness, especially with a middle-aged and older population. Touch on the memories of previous generations, base ideas around the Great Depression and how fol...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?
Replies: 59
Views: 16687

Re: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?

Once you've done it once or a dozen times like I may or may not have, it's not a big deal. I think cultural norms and stigmata will give way to survival and nesecity in a PAW. I actually came to like roasted crickets smothered in butter and garlic. And I would not turn my nose up at the ants they e...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?
Replies: 59
Views: 16687

Re: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?

Though I do have a general thing about small animals under the size of a rabbit. If times are not lean, I just can't advocate the taking the life of them for such small returns. This is why I pack a pair of heavy-duty rat traps. They work much better than snares and primitive trapping techniques, a...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?
Replies: 59
Views: 16687

Re: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?

I remember the WD episode and remember thinking that was one of the stupidest messages in the WD. To pass up real food when it is presented due to out dated BS concepts of it is only for pets. That sort of thinking is what causes people to die of starvation when there is still food around them. Dra...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 20 dollar 2.5 oz. TOAKS Titanium fry pan. Chupacabra skull!
Replies: 7
Views: 1189

Re: 20 dollar 2.5 oz. TOAKS Titanium fry pan. Chupacabra sku

Great post! Always love a good meal in the woods. FYI, if you can find the Hormel pepperoni sticks (two come in a package), they're great for taking out as hiking food. They don't need to be refrigerated before opening, and each stick is about an inch in diameter and 5-6 inches long, suitable for a ...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?
Replies: 59
Views: 16687

Re: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?

Honestly, most of those "fancy" cat and dog foods that cost a buck apiece probably have more wholesome ingredients than a dollar can of human food... As for what goes into most canned pet foods, there's nothing that can go into them that would hurt a human. They're made to a higher standard than pro...
by Maeklos
Thu May 05, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: "The Survivalist" Movie
Replies: 8
Views: 933

Re: "The Survivalist" Movie

I never heard of making lamp oil from Birch wood before. Does anyone know of any other way of making lamp oil besides using fat. Birch oil was a pretty common household good - still is, in some parts. It's kind of a thick, blackish substance and is good for a wide range of things - from a topical a...
by Maeklos
Tue May 03, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Are bugout locations necessary?
Replies: 133
Views: 10796

Re: Are bugout locations necessary?

Chalk another one up for flexibility through mobility. Am hoping that nothing serious ever happens and when I am 99 years old I can pass off my gear to another generation. :clap: Yeah, but it'd probably clash with their shiny silver unitards. Besides, I doubt their robot overlords would let them ha...
by Maeklos
Tue May 03, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Wisdom of the Wall Tent
Replies: 25
Views: 1819

Re: Wisdom of the Wall Tent

Actually found an old post from the '09 VA chapter MBO that shows my first BOB (a JanSport that sucked total ass and fell apart within 4 months of light/moderate use - worst $200 pack ever) as well as the modular system I replaced it with - including my very same USGI knock-off. http://www.zombiehun...
by Maeklos
Tue May 03, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Wisdom of the Wall Tent
Replies: 25
Views: 1819

Re: Wisdom of the Wall Tent

Can't speak for that specific pack, but I've got a West German field pack that's mighty similar that I picked up from a surplus store about a decade ago. The heavy canvas and leather still hold up well, even though the pack is a good 30, 40 years old by now, and still sees occasional use (it's my 'f...
by Maeklos
Tue May 03, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: Grass and its Deadly Little Secret
Replies: 13
Views: 1764

Re: Grass and its Deadly Little Secret

Thanks for the info! One of the key takeaways I gleaned from the sources seems to be that the best way to fight ergotism is to have a proper crop rotation methodology. This not only helps eliminate any ergot infestation (since the spores only live one year) but is pretty necessary for keeping soil h...
by Maeklos
Tue May 03, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Wisdom of the Wall Tent
Replies: 25
Views: 1819

Re: Wisdom of the Wall Tent

New Wisdom of the Wall Tent up. In this one, Dave's talking about what he's packing for a 4-day Scouting class he's teaching.

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