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Old 01-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #11
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A possible alternative could be a second pack with the less-than-essentials, like extra clothes, a tent, etc, that could be quickly shed if necessary.

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Old 02-02-2010, 06:01 PM   #12
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Why carry anything on your back at all, except for maybe a rifle or shotgun scabbard? A simple travois can be made with a harness having a quick-release latch. Equipped with wheels and properly packed, it puts very little weight on your hips and none on your shoulders and back. Nobody here (I hope) would even think about strapping a refrigerator to their back and trying to carry it; but the same refrigerator can be taken a considerable distance on an appliance dolly, can't it? Native American women, children and dogs were able to carry their own body weight without discomfort over distances of several hundred miles without the wheels. Done correctly, it can even serve as a one-person lean-to style shelter and provide some cover if you are fired at.

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Old 03-09-2010, 05:31 PM   #13
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Patience is not only a virtue, but a great primary weapon too Shadow, so Kudos to you Sir. Give the Zombies enough time and they will make a mistake, either revealing themselves or their intentions, giving you the opportunity to size them up and decide how to react, whether to engage or exfil and what would be the best way to do either. Most people are so focused on what would be the best primary carry weapon, that they don't realize they come factory with the best weapon, "Their Minds". When they realize that, they will be one step ahead, and to anyone who is already aware of this, then you are two steps ahead !.

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I go through 30+ face cords of hardwood each year. I went to the gym 4 days a week until my back gave out. It's better now so it's back to the gym in a week or two. I snowshoe up in my 70 acres of woods as well.
I'll be staying right here as I live in a very rural area. I'm getting closer each day to being prepared for a SHTF situation. Food and water is no problem. Heat and security is taken care of as well.
The way I'm setup, I would be the one enjoying the element of surprise rather than the bad guy.
I do have one area of concern though. When and if the time ever comes (I hope it never does) that I have to dispatch an "unfriendly" will address that concern. I've never had experience in "live combat" as many of our brave soldiers have. Mentally, I'm prepared as anyone that's untested can be. Technically, I shoot thousands of rounds a year and know my weapons well.
I guess the rest is only learned with experience.

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Old 03-14-2010, 08:33 PM   #15
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I go through 30+ face cords of hardwood each year. I went to the gym 4 days a week until my back gave out. It's better now so it's back to the gym in a week or two. I snowshoe up in my 70 acres of woods as well.
I'll be staying right here as I live in a very rural area. I'm getting closer each day to being prepared for a SHTF situation. Food and water is no problem. Heat and security is taken care of as well.
The way I'm setup, I would be the one enjoying the element of surprise rather than the bad guy.
I do have one area of concern though. When and if the time ever comes (I hope it never does) that I have to dispatch an "unfriendly" will address that concern. I've never had experience in "live combat" as many of our brave soldiers have. Mentally, I'm prepared as anyone that's untested can be. Technically, I shoot thousands of rounds a year and know my weapons well.
I guess the rest is only learned with experience.
Well said.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:49 PM   #16
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I work out a Golds Gym 3 times a week for an hour on an eliptical. I am also a bicyclist. I guided a 34 cycle group through the Colorado National Monument. 50 mile trip. That is about a 2400 foot elevation gain in 6 miles.

A year and a half ago I was twenty pounds heavier and couldn't run around the block. I would encourage people to join a gym. Start out slow at your own pace. Build up gradually. No one will ever mistake me for a body builder. But I can run with the big dogs just the same. If things get ugly that would not be the time I would want to find out that I can't carry a 30 lb pack.

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The main pimary weapon for me is the brain ( stop and think first )

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I would say that most people are just living there lives on autopilot, not really planning for any disasters or things of that nature...Also in America we have the luxury of not being a 3rd world country, we have running water, electricity, a Govt that well governs...People do not care about their overall health and fitness because they can get away without it...Exceptions to the Rule Soldiers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Construction workers...ect ect..My point being it is just the way the American culture has become...A side note being, you dont need a 50 pound backpack in a SHTF scenario...All you need is an AR-7, a box of ammo (500 rounds) A poncho liner, 300 Feet of 550 cord, 2 tourniquets, 1 roll of medical tape, 2-3 Bandages, 1 box of matchs-1 lighter, 4-5 Highprotien bars (more if you want) 1 canteen cup-A water source (canteen)-1 Multi tool-1 Fixed blade knife...and thats it Now you could always Lug your rifle and extra mags and along but thats up to you...Are you being invaded or is their a natural disaster, did your hunting partner get hurt and you need to hike 50 miles to town for help..Just some things to think about

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With all due respect LittleBear your assessment may have some shortcomings. While you're accurate about the electric, water and law enforcement this only works while they exist. Now what if I present you with a scenario like the following. Perhaps China and Europe decides the US Dollar is too risky so they go to Euros as their primary currency. Now the repercussions in the USA are the dollar is devalued to the point that our economy resembles Germany's post WWI Weimar Republic. Everyone demands to be paid every 4 hours because the dollar is losing value by the minute. A loaf of bread is now $1000.00. No one can pay for electric anymore.
Taxes can't be collected as people won't work for worthless paper. You intend to read the paper to see how bad it is in other places but when you turn the light on, darkness remains. The grid is down at this point. You pick up the phone to ask why but the phone is dead. You know the faucets will remain dry but you turn the faucet anyway to no avail. Now your alarmed so you jump in your car to look around. There is a house on fire but no firefighters are on the way. (They don't work for free either) Look around, the looters are breaking in stores and no police anywhere. All the gas stations are closed as the pumps don't work anyway. At this point the whole economic system has crumbled. Your AR-7, a brick of .22's a canteen full of air (you need at the very least iodine to make surface water potable) and a few power bars, bandages, some rope and a few strips of tape aren't going to get you too far. It takes a lot of work to be prepared but if the SHTF you'll be happy you went a bit farther with your preparations.

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I keep myself busy and fit with this. I started 2 weeks ago. Eventually I want to join Crossfit.
All I have to say is, Holy ****! Man I have 2-a-days comin up for high school football in the middle of August in 100+ heat. I highly doubt I could even attempt to run half of the distances given. Push-ups, yeah, I could do that. Sit-ups, yup. Dips, uh-huh. Swimmin, nah, probably not. But the runnin, huh-uh, not close. I would probably only run a 7 min mile... so at a 8:30 pace for that long would be torture.
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