Many folks have asked to see my INCH Bag. It is a Gregory UM 21 that weighs 12 pounds EMPTY. It is a heavy behemoth, but it is sturdy, well made and has a 5,500+ CI capacity as configured and is virtually "bombproof", which is one of the many reasons I bought it. (The other was it was on sale new for about $150.00 as I recall.)
My Bug Out strategy is to move by Jeep to my BOL if possible with the maximum amount of material and supplies as possible. IOWs, I intend to DRIVE to my BOL if possible, with everything needed for a sustained BO. If my vehicle is disabled for some unforseen reason or if driving isn't practical or safe, I intend to make multiple caches for all supplies that aren't in my INCH bag and continue slowly and deliberately on foot. My INCH Bag contains everything I need to make it to my BOL and sustain myself once I get there. My BOL is approximately 60 kilometers away from my house BTW.
Here is my INCH Bag and my Primary BO Fire Stick:
It weighs in at 93 pounds with water. Yes, I know it weighs a lot, but I don't intend on running 30 miles a day on the road like others. When I was in SF, we routinely moved extreme distances with 125-180 LBS rucksacks. I'm not a 22 year old SF Trooper anymore (and found this out on my bugout weekend described below
) but I can still managed this setup as I'm 6'0", 230 LBS. I just can't move as far or as fast as I could when I was younger.
Here are the contents of my INCH on display:
Individual Components are as follows:Load Bearing Vest (LBV)
It's a little outdated, but it's what I've carried in the bush since 1983. It has 6 individual mag pouches mounted on the chest and 6 Alice mag pouches on the belt. I also have two-2 quart canteens with a canteen cup, my ALCO Solution Knife, a drop holster for my .45 and 3 mags for it. It also has a pouch for my hand-held, map, compass, protractor and trigraph.Shelter Module:
Three-Person Dome Tent, two military ponchos, 200 ft. 550 cord, extra tent stakes, zip-ties, 8 OD Green Bungee Cords and two "S" biners.
I normally wouldn't carry the dome tent if I were to bug out alone (I normally use 2 military ponchos), but I was leaving with my nephew, so I decided for comfort over additional weight.Clothing Module:
I keep my clothing tight in a "Space Bag" that is then placed into a military waterproof bag.
The contents of the Clothing Module:
Heavy Norwegian Wool Shooters Sweater
Multicam Boonie, Baseball Cap, Desert Do-Rag, Tan Headover and Desert Digital cool down rag.
Gore-Tex Gators. An absolute must for cold/ wet weather!
Tan Nomex Gloves, Leather Sap Gloves and Extreme-Cold Gore-Tex gloves.
Gore-Tex Desert Tan Coat. I'd prefer something in Multicam, but for now it's what I've got.
Training shoes, to wear while boots are drying out or to bed if I am in a dangerous area.For the Record:
I also carry 3 Underarmour T-shirts and 5 sets of wool socks. I didn't think anyoune would want to see my underwear! Food Module:
I carry 3 homemade LRRP/MRE meals for each day for a total of 15 days. I can ration my meals to last 45 days if necessary.
I have once again utilized space bags to compress the Food Module and the module is then place inside of a separate military water proof bag.
All meals are marked with date packed and total calories.
Individual Meals.Water Module:
Two 100 Oz. Camelback Bladders mounted to the sides of my INCH Bag. As stated earlier, I also carry two 1 quart canteens on my LBV.
MSR Waterworks complete, Puritabs, Camelback cleaning kit and cloth pre-filter.Cooking Module
MSR Whisperlite International with two fuel bottles, spork, Spice Holder, Bic Lighter, Fuel funnel w/ screen, lightweight cooking grates, two Coleman Camp Cooking Pots. I love this setup! Cutting Module
Small Bowsaw, ALCO "Solution" Knife, Cold Steel Gunsite Folding Tanto, Swiss Combo Knife.
Photo with Alcos "Solution" Knife converted to an axe. It also has a working saw and gut-hook and a waterproof compartment that I have stuffed with fishing line, hooks, sinkers, waterproof matches and vaseline coated cotton balls and metal trip-line.
Smith's Diamond SharpenerSleep Module:
Hammock for sleep, rest or fishing.
Waterproof Bivy sack and light weight Sirius Sleeping Bag. (This bag is FULL OF FAIL!) I've replaced it with the rest of my military sleep system.Tactical Shit Kit
My TSK opened to display contents: Wipes, TP rolls (full of win BTW!) alcohol pads, Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, razor with spare razors, Wisks, do-rag.
Camp towel, body sponge and camp soap.
Folding Shovel/Pick to make Catholes when TSK utilization is needed!
Addition personal hygene/ FAK items.FAK Module
FAK contents on display. I think I have most everything covered for most emergencies and preventive medicine.
Sunscreen and bug juice.Navigation Module
Topomap, protractor, Military Lensatic Compass, Orienteering Compass, Camo Pac, Binos, Signal Mirror, Pace counter.Lighting/ Signalling
Solarlight/ Red Squeeze light/ Surefire/ Springfield XML
10ea Chemlights/ 2 M-18 Smoke Grenades/ 2ea Trip Flares with trip wire/ 2ea White Parachute FlaresCommo Module
Radio Shack Radio. My wife has the other in her bag. It's better than nothing though!
Tri-graph. For clandestine commo.
My SF and Ranger Handbooks
HP Mini loaded with documents, family pictures and reference materials. Can also be used for internet and telephone access.Firestarting/ Warming Module
Firestarting/ Warming Kit displayed: 4ea Handwarmers, 1ea Body warmer, 2ea bic lighters, 1ea Magnesium Bar, 1ea firesteel, 1 ea battery and wire, rubber hose, 1ea vile packed with Vaseline coated cotton balls, 1ea vile packed with log firestarter, 1ea vile fine steel wool.Sit-Your-Fat-Ass-Down-Module
Why carry it? Because my 50 year old ass needs some creature comfort on occasion! General Repair Kit
JB Weld, screws, nails etc. Fishing Module
Exterior of Fishing Module and Fishing pole.
Frog Gig, 4 Auto Fish Reels, Lure worms, Telescoping Fishing Pole, "Gulp" bait, Multi-tool, Fishing line and fishing kit.
Fishing Kit contents displayed: Bobber, lures, hooks, sinkers, screws for auto reels.Weapons Cleaning Kit
Marvel Mystery Oil secured in medicine vile. Marvel Mystery Oil is FULL OF WIN in all environments BTW!Tactical Breaching KitFirearms
Springfield Micro-Compact .45 ACP with 7ea loaded Magazines. Total of 50 rounds.
Title III M-4 Carbine with an 11.5 Inch Barrel. 15 ea 30 round 5.56 magazines plus 1ea 100 round C-Drum. 550 rounds total of 5.56. Yeah, I know it's a lot of weight, but I'm willing to hump it in an INCH situation. The wife, BTW will be carrying the suppressed Ruger 10-22 with 500 rounds of .22 LR in her INCH Bag so yes, we have enough ammo suitable for small game.BUG OUT TEST WEEKEND
My 11 year old nephew and I decided to take a trip to the Bug Out Location to test our equipment , do some shooting and all that other sort of male-bonding shit. LOL!
Here we are getting ready to leave my house. Note the digital mods I made with to a Camelback Desert Camo pack utilizing OD Green spraypaint:
We arrived at our BOL a little late. We had to move X-country for 3 kilometers over mostly clear-cut terrain, full of knee-knockers and ankle breakers. I didn't have time to show my nephew how to make a primative fire, but I did teach him how to start up and use the MSR Whisperlite and make some pine-needle tea! :
Making the tea!
Pine needle tea brewing!
First nights' fire!
Bad Moon Raising!
My nephew wearing his Survival Necklace.Saturday Morning Shooting at the Range:
Later on that evening, I taught my nephew how to make a fire with a firesteel. He wouldn't put the ball into the firepit for some unknown reason so I let him do it his own way. Please don't laugh! LOL!
Once he got the fire started, we got chow cooking and had a great time watching "Ranger TV"!
We resupplied ourselves with water from a nearby stream using my MSR Waterworks filter before it got dark. (Win!) I froze my ass off using the Sirius Sleeping Bag. Only use them for camping above 70 degrees! Other than that it was a great night!
The next day (Sunday) we broke camp and went back to the shooting range:
I had a suprise waiting for my nephew...he got to shoot a 1919A4 Browning!
He also got to shoot my SOCOM 16:LESSONS LEARNED:
I'm not 23 anymore. But even at 50, I found out that I am still in much better shape than my peers and can still hump heavy loads. I'm glad I tested the Sirius sleeping bag and got rid of it before a real Bug Out situation occurs. Yes, it's lightweight but it is no way a 50 degree F bag!
The other equipment I've packed all works as adverstised and is very reliable. I carried my SOCOM 16 with a basic load on this trip because I don't need any problems carrying a full auto M-4 in a non-SHTF situation. The basic load of the 7.62mm was heavy as hell, but I'd still carry it in a SHTF situation if I couldn't get to my M-4.
It was good to get some one-on-one time with my nephew and to get him interested in survivalism. Hope to do it again real soon!