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Roaming East

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#11 13 years ago

Course, nobody bothers to teach the greater skills of self sufficiency that were popular to children back in the day. Making a fire, trapping small animals for food and minimalist camping. Course i go hiking and hunting with buddies who have $3000 worth of 'survival' equipment so i might be in the same boat lol.

This thread reminds me to check my BOB when i get back home.




Crazy Wolf Advanced Member

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#12 13 years ago

"BOB"?Sorry, no idea which meaning you are using. I ordered a Gerber knife a few days ago, which, coupled with my other tools, and with the help of a magnesium fire starter, string, and my wonderful, wonderful brain, I hope I can go without the niceties of civilization, but in the meantime, I'm looking for a bicycle generator.




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#13 13 years ago

Earlier this year. the area I live in was hit by a HUGE ice storm that knocked out power all over the state. Let me tell you, when it's cold, you have no heating, and you can't cook food, it's scary. I mean, really scary. Luckly where I work there was a generator so I had a place to stay.

The roads were exteremly icey, there wasn't any place to get food near by, and hundreds of powerlines went down. Outside help was brought in to repair the powerlines, but it still took 5 (Maybe 6) days to get power to the area. In no time during my life did I feel so helpless as when I was laying in my bed on Sunday (Power went out Friday night) morning, cold, and without anything to eat. There would have been no way to stay out for 5-6 days in my house without bad things happening. It was very scary.

Thank god I was able to have a safe haven where there was heat and food.

In a place like Los Angeles, it would be anarchy in a matter of no time.




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#14 13 years ago

Matter of no time? Have you seen LA with electricity? =p

I really think we should recruit homeless for public works projects to improve and repair infrastructure for relatively cheap. Pay them, of course.




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#15 13 years ago

Crazy Wolf;3820531Matter of no time? Have you seen LA with electricity? =p

I really think we should recruit homeless for public works projects to improve and repair infrastructure for relatively cheap. Pay them, of course.

.....You go to far....:p

Haha, yeah, LA can be crazy. Specially Hollywood where I worked. So much weirdness - However it was awesome.




Roaming East

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#16 13 years ago
Crazy Wolf;3820480"BOB"?Sorry, no idea which meaning you are using. I ordered a Gerber knife a few days ago, which, coupled with my other tools, and with the help of a magnesium fire starter, string, and my wonderful, wonderful brain, I hope I can go without the niceties of civilization, but in the meantime, I'm looking for a bicycle generator.

Bug-Out Bag. The military forcefully 'encourages' us to keep a fully maintained mobility bag in the event we are suddenly activated for deployment as was the case during 9/11. I came upon the idea of doing something similar except for a more civilian application after a bad experience i had during hurricane Floyd. Basically its enough gear that can sustain myself for a week and be easily transported via ones own manpower should i ever have to immediately uproute myself say from natural disaster or SHTF scenario. Came in handy during Katrina when my base asked for volunteer for support (my tech school was at Keesler and i knew many people still there)




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#17 13 years ago

Ah. Sounds like a good thing to have prepared. I think I need to get a more durable bag for it, though... The real annoying thing is getting room for shoes, size 14=no good for compact packing.




Roaming East

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#18 13 years ago

How big you looking to go? i wear size 12 and am kinda experiance packing large shoes/boots. If your looking for an all around 24 hour bag i recommend the Maxpedition Falcon II. Got issued those before i left and wouldnt trade it for anything as far as a general light bag goes. Throw a compression bag underneath it with the retaining straps and you got enough space for 48 hour bag including sleeping roll and complete clothing change.




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#19 13 years ago

I'm starting to put some money towards survival gear and supplies myself, and honestly i think i will be alright if things were to go to hell, as long as crazy people and some natural disaster dont claim me that is.

The only thing im worried about is my family and friends, as i cannot possibly take care of them, and as far as survival goes they don't have a single clue.




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#20 13 years ago

Yes, we are dependent on electricity. We need a more decentralized power grid. There are some towns I have read about(can't remember where), where half of the town's power is supplied by people with solar panels and wind selling their excess power back to the grid.