Slipping Through The Night

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As many of you know I have been a survivalist for last 30+ years. Not only do I run my own survival group, But I help others establish their group, And teach them the lessons that I learned the hard way.

I’ve written books, and thousands of articles about survival, Sustainability, And the geopolitical climate affecting survivalism.

It is with much distress That I’m seeing the demise of survivalism, And the rapid assimilation of a war like movement Gearing up to do battle with the United States government and military.

It is very distressing to me because that is absolutely the WRONG WAY TO DO IT!

Let’s put things into perspective here:

If everybody bugs out, who will hold the line. Who will stand shoulder to shoulder with the next Pissed off Fed up patriot?

Why is it that the majority of survivalist that I see on Facebook Are 100% totally focused on Civil War, Instead of survivalism?

When some 27-year-old kid, With absolutely no military Training, Tells me that he’s a survivalist, But doesn’t have one week worth of food stockpiled, Yet can rattle off the nomenclature and operating procedure of nearly every assault weapon—Scares the shit out of me.

That’s not a survivalist in my book; He’s anarchist looking for a war, Or at least excuse to go to war…

The fact is real simple people: You all need to get your head out of your ass, And start thinking in terms of reality instead of this Hollywood bullshit I see going on.

I personally think that far too many survivalist Get caught up in the plethora of Fear Mongering And conspiracy Theories blasting across the Internet today.

Many of these website, And so called experts a really good at pushing buttons of fear, But yet when it comes to the solution, They want you to buy something from them. If it’s that damn important–share the knowledge without restriction.

Many of you have been my friends on here for years. You know where I stand Politically. That is an undeniable fact.

But I got to tell your friend, I’m really glad that you post links on Facebook pages Exposing some of the Nefarious events going on in the world, But what the hell are you going to do about.

Nothing that’s what!

I already know this for fact because the vast majority of Facebook user Are simply playing on the Internet, And to chickenshit to stand up for what they believed in.

Fact check: If I write something silly, stupid, or humorous, I get all kinds of likes. But on the other hand, If I write something anti-government, Or offer a solution that would require personal ambition-The piece that I wrote gets just a few likes.

That my friend tells me everything that I need to know. There are a few of you on here that I know have the same attitude that I do. My respect to you collectively, And individually.

But to the rest of you bugging out I have this much to say to you: Your food will run out.
Your wife will get tired of living in the woods.
You will not be alone out there.
You will not be sitting all around a campfire roasting marshmallows, And singing cumbyah.

You alone, without help, cannot go to war Against the military. I don’t give a damn if it’s America’s military or United Nations foreign troops. You will get your ass shot off!

The problem is this: What will be the trigger which sets you into motion?

How will you recognize the event trigger for what it means to you personally, And the rest of society?

Do you think that bugging out into the woods will solve the issue?

How long can you maintain your safety and security, Without coming back into the affected areas In order to resupply yourself?

Are you simply going to execute a one man suicide mission?

That’s where the bullshit factor comes into play…!!

You’re just bullshitting yourself and everyone else if you subscribed to this dumbass theory.

Given the current political climate flowing out there, I see things getting we worst every stinking day. It’s almost a certainty that Civil War will Explode in America unless there are some rapid policy changes occurring.

Firearms are essential to survivalism as freeze dried food. But neither mean diddly squat unless you have friends who have your back. By that I mean real friends, Not Facebook Friends!

If Civil War should erupt in America, Like we have witnessed in the Mideast countries, It will not be a pretty sight Or beautiful experience.
That is the reality factor!

How will you initiate your one man war?

I guess whom?

What targets will you strike?

How will you determine if your victorious?

How will you get the support of The indigenous population?

As I’ve said time and time again; How many of you are willing to die to make a fucking political statement!

When the men in Black blow through your front door in the middle of the night, And you resist–They will shoot your ass off just to make an example of you to scare the rest of us Into submission.

FACT CHECK:
When the Feds Took down hutaree Of Michigan based purely upon contrived and manufactured Evidence, None of which held up in court–a large number of established militia groups, As well as Individual resistors, Immediately distanced Themselves Because they were too chicken shit to be outraged!

During Hurricane Katrina Where was the outrage When the feds and police departments were kicking in doors and illegally seizing firearms from law abiding citizens!

Who got rightly pissed off this year, when 150 Heavily armed federal officers swooped in during the night And descended on a Pennsylvania survivalist who made disparaging remarks against Obama on one of those stupid ass preppers shows!

When the murdering police thugs are violating someone’s rights, Or beating them to death, Why is it that most people will stand around and just videotape it—Instead of going and kicking some ass!

All of these are documented facts….

Survivalism and resistance Are two distinctly different animals. One does not go with the other.

Ask yourself this real simple question: While I am out there fighting the government, Who will take care of my family?

How will I resupply my ammunition?
From the enemies dead bodies you say… Better take the time to check the technology that they are using on personal and crew served weapons!

Remember that these military Units train for this shit every day. This is what they do for a living.

One man might take one or two of them down, But unless you have friends backing you up, You’re on a suicide mission.

Word: Helicopter gunship….!

Are you starting to get my point now? Forget all of that “Red Dawn” Bullshit you watched at the movies. Real life doesn’t work that way.

So what’s the answer to this dilemma?

You’ll know what to do, When to do it, How to do it, And with whom to do it with—When the time comes!

Stay tuned for more later…

The Bug Out Vehicle

One of the primary element of my own family survival plan is the ability to quickly get away in the event something happens.

Here in Alaska we are faced with several real potentials for disasters. All of our plans detail our little family being able to stop whatever we are doing, and jump into the main BOV that awaits us in the driveway.

I have outfitted with old Suburban 4×4 with a brand new 5.7L 350hp engine, reworked all of the electronics, and outfitted the truck with programmable scanner, mobile HAM/Commercial radio, and a standard Citizen’s Band radio.

Double stuffed winter tires, and extra lights keep us on the road during those long and dark winter nights when seeing 50 yards up the road is almost impossible without High Intensity Discharge (HID) spotlights. They are tinted in blue in order to cut through the snow.

Inside the 4×4 we keep extra a clothing, wool blankets, tools, and our personal survival gear. Theirs is 1-month worth of food in back, as well as a full blow EMT kit for medical emergencies. Extra fuel cans, motor oil and fluids round out the inventory.

The roads in Alaska are ALWAYS glazed over with ice. Unlike the lower-48 states where the snowplows keep the roads clean; here in Alaska we have so much snow, that it is always ice covered and dangerous. Whiteouts occur with little or no warning, and oftentimes the weather will change in a heartbeat. Those who venture out into the remote areas have to keep basic survival supplies in the car, or they could potentially die within a few miles of the nearest gas station. Most small (mom & pop) gas stations close a little after dark-thirty.

The radios utilized by The Alaska Watchmen Group are Yeasu FT1900R 55-Watt mobile HAM radio that have the MARS/CAP option installed. The radio is capable of receiving and transmitting on the 136 MHz – 174 MHz band. In a SHTF event, a 100-Watt power amplifier cross-linked to a repeater system allows the group to maintain constant radio communications with each team

The Southern Threat

South American is a continent that has been consumed with wars, diseases, disasters, revolutions, and an out of control crime epidemic that is creeping northwards into the American heartland. For decades, the potential for continental war has been brewing amid the squalor and insufferable decadence at the hands of military juntas seeking to rule with the absolution of military might.

 

If it weren’t for the United States, the people of Central America and South America would experience a higher infant mortality rate, lower life expectancies, and an economic climate that pales in comparison to what it currently is.

Women in those third world countries have four times as many children as their counterparts here in America. Family planning initiatives have failed miserably due largely to conflicts with religious beliefs. Overpopulation is inevitable, and already America is seeing the results of decades of arbitrary government mismanagement.

The increased birthrate is already crushing most South American economies. A discernible division between the poor and the wealthy has created an imbalance that is pushing poor people into poverty; while the wealthy are forced to hide themselves behind armed-barricaded walls. These wealthy enclaves of the South American elites are the ones shown on American television commercials urging tourists to spend their “gringo” dollars that support these elite communities.

Rural areas are not able to maintain their own economies as more of the middle-class city-dwellers transition into the rich farmlands of South America. Farming communities are forced to watch helplessly as family farms are forced out of business by greedy land developers. Migration into the already desperate cities leave few choices for income starved families. Yet; the cycle perpetuates itself because there are no jobs to be had in the cities. The cities offer little in the way of resources, since many coming from the rural areas have little technical skills or education. Parents are sending their minor children to work in sweat shops, just to put food on the dinner table. The substandard pay scales continue to feed this vicious cycle that swallows entire family clans.

In many cases; third world countries are witness to an increasing number of riots, civil unrest, and outright civil disobedience. These events play out on American television stations almost weekly, but the lingering images of burning cars and dead bodies sprawled in the streets are soon forgotten as another reality show distracts the population. Sadly; the South American elites have systematically clamped-down on these “peasant” riots with brutal and oftentimes, deadly response.

Mexican Elite Police

 

This brutality by their own government, has turned many people into the waiting arms of insurgencies that have operated in the region for decades. Under severe economic conditions, and lack of jobs, the South American insurgency has flourished, as well as gained popularity among the disenfranchised population.

As a result, the governments have lost even more control and started directing horrific violence towards their own citizens; thus creating even more insurgents who fight because the government control has effected their families, or displaced them even further into the cesspool of third world politics.

On top of all the woes in South America; the ethnic hatred remains as functional today, as it did in the early colonial days.

Brazil is mostly Caucasian, The dominant religion is Roman Catholic, and the official language of the country is Portuguese. Venezuelan’s are Mestizo, practice the Catholic faith, and speak Spanish. Guyana’s population is comprised of East Indian, Hindus, and they speak English. Meanwhile; The French Guinea are Mulatto, attend Catholic churches and use French as their country’s primary language. Multicultural diversity is oftentimes forgotten as gunfire replaces dialog.

Even out in the dark jungles of the rain forest; a warrior tribe consisting of the Yanomamo Tribe is emerging. These are the indigenous people that until the early 1940’s, never had contact with the outside world–the last of the head-hunter tribes. Their tribal villages are spread out across the borders of nearly every South American country. These villages play an important role in the transportation and protection of the drugs being transported through their respective areas.

The instability of the South American governments have provided rich opportunities for the major Drug Cartels. Throughput the years, the cartels have offered jobs, schools, and hospitals to impoverished villages. Starving families were put to work producing or transporting drugs. When a Chieftain, Mayor, Police Commissioner, or Politician couldn’t be bought—he was assassinated.

Since the American “War On Drugs” was initiated in the early 1980’s; the drug cartels ability to operate with impunity has been reduced. This forced the cartels to organize, train, and equip their own armies. Sources indicate that these South American armies have a strength that far exceed a hundred thousand soldiers. The sales of drugs financed these rouge armies. Weapons, equipment, munitions, explosives, and modern communications gear is bought from willing countries such as North Korea, Iran, and former Soviet states. Cartel armies are, in most cases, better equipped and financed than many South American military forces.

 

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The commanders of these cartel armies have learned much from their Iranian and Korean Special Forces instructors. When attacked by the government troops, they systematically begin a terror campaign targeting the government soldiers family members. When Cartel leaders are apprehended or killed, government buildings, as well as civilian targets are hit with bombs, tourists kidnapped, school children slaughtered, and snipers kill police officers on the streets and in their homes. It doesn’t take long for the underpaid soldier or police officer to understand how the game is played. This is one of the reasons the Mexican Drug War has spiraled out of control.

 

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[ Source: http://www.npr.org ]

There have been many reports flowing out from the Nightly News networks detailing critical information about Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. yet; it is rare to hear about the possibility that Iran already has acquired a nuclear weapon courtesy of North Korea, and smuggled it into the United States. Considering the following reports:

“Since September 11, 2001, DHS has reported a 41 percent increase in arrests along the Texas/Mexico border of Special Interest Aliens,”

According to the report, “hundreds” of OTM illegal aliens from special interest countries from countries including Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Russia, Yemen, Albania, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan have been apprehended in the South Texas region alone since September 11, 2001.

“Just recently, U.S. intelligence officials report that seven Iraqis were found in Brownsville, Texas in June 2006. In August 2006, an Afghani man was found swimming across the Rio Grande River in Hidalgo, Texas; as recently as October 2006, seven Chinese were apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas.”

A jacket with patches from countries where al Qa’ida is known to operate was found in Jim Hogg County, Texas by the Border Patrol. The patches on the jacket show an Arabic military badge with one depicting an airplane flying over a building and heading towards a tower, and another showing an image of a lion’s head with wings and a parachute emanating from the animal. The bottom of one patch read ‘martyr,’ ‘way to eternal life’ or ‘way to immortality.‘”

Confirmed Terrorists Apprehended
A few of the apprehended OTM illegal immigrants with confirmed ties to terrorist groups listed in the congressional report include:

Neeran Zaia – arrested on September 8, 2004 – headed an organization responsible for smuggling more than 200 Iraqi, Jordanian, and Syrian nationals into the United States. When he was arrested, U.S. Customs agents discovered that Zaia had a prior conviction for human smuggling.
Mahmoud Youssef Kourani — pleaded guilty on March 1, 2005 to providing material support to Hezbollah. “Kourani is an illegal alien who had been smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border after bribing a Mexican consular official in Beirut for a visa to travel to Mexico.”
Salim Boughader Mucharrafille – was arrested in December 2002 for illegally smuggling more than two hundred Lebanese, many believed to have ties to Hezbollah into the United States.

[ Source: http://usgovinfo.about.com ]

 

SURVIVAL STRATEGIES:

When SHTF, those people and families living on, or near, the borders must be prepared for an immediate infiltration of massive illegals, many of whom will likely be OTM’s whose only purpose is to kill Americans, and sow death and destruction.Survival groups operating in those areas must strategize, plan, and prepare for this eventuality.

 

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An Open Letter To Mahmud Ahmadinejad

Franke Schein Alaska Survivalist

 

Dear Mr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad,

I’ve been listening to you ranting and raving against America and Israel for years. Day after day, week after week, you, or one of your people get onto television and threaten the world with your military might, or that you will close down the Strait of Hormuz.

You look like a clown pointing your finger in the air, trying to convince the world that your army is the most powerful, the meanest, and ready to battle America and its NATO allies.

German, Italy, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, China, Mexico, they all thought that they could fight the most powerful military force in the world. They thought wrong, their armies were destroyed.

I would bet every dollar in my bank account that if you asked the people of Iran if they want a war with NATO, the answer would be much different than what you think. I would submit that you, like other petty dictators, are gorging yourself, while other Iranian families are wondering where their next meal will come from.

In case you don’t know this, allow me to show you something very important:

The American Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:

 

First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it.
Second, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England.

Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

Do not foolishly believe that the American public will want out of a war that you helped to start. Killing Americans will anger many fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters of our soldiers. The wrath of a free nation will decent down upon you like the plague. In the end, you, like other petty war mongering dictators will hang, just like Saddam Hussein.

 

Nobody in America wants a war with Iran, but you seem intent on having your way. If this is the case, then I fear your days are numbered. remember this, a few years after you are gone; the people of Iran will hardly remember you.

 

Another thing: Israel is America’s closest ally. The Jewish State has many American citizens living in its borders, and many Israelis have family members living here in America. Attacking Israel is like attacking America. Our countries are connected through the blood of generations of our families. We will not stand by and watch you attack our families.

As far as your nuclear weapons ambitions; let me take  moment to explain something to you; American submarines prowling the deep oceans carry more nuclear weapons that you ever imagined. Detonate one single nuclear weapon in the world, and you will find out how hot the sun feels. Americas weapons are used as a deterrence; unlike you and your regime that want a nuclear weapon to threaten the free world. Don’t mistake America’s reluctance  to use our big weapons as a sign of weakness–that would be your final mistake.
 
 
 
Arabic Translation:
عزيزي السيد محمود أحمدي نجاد،

كنت استمع إليكم صراخ وهذيان ضد أمريكا وإسرائيل لسنوات. يوما بعد يوم، بعد أسبوع الأسبوع لك، أو واحد من الناس الخاص بك الحصول على التلفزيون وتهدد العالم بالقوة العسكرية الخاصة بك، أو أن كنت سيتم إغلاق مضيق هرمز.

لكم تبدو مهرج الإشارة بالإصبع في الهواء، ومحاولة إقناع العالم بأن الجيش الخاص بك هو الأقوى، اللئيمة، ومستعدة لمعركة أمريكا وحلفائها في الناتو.

الألمانية، إيطاليا، وفيتنام، وأفغانستان، وإيران، وكوريا الشمالية، الصين، المكسيك، جميع يعتقدون أنهم يمكن أن مكافحة أقوى قوة عسكرية في العالم. ظنوا خطأ، دمرت جيوشها.

أود أن الرهان كل دولار في بلدي حساب مصرفي أنه إذا طلب الشعب الإيراني إذا كانوا يريدون حربا مع حلف شمال الأطلسي، فإن الجواب سيكون تختلف كثيرا عن رأيك. أود أن أقول أن كنت، مثل سائر الطغاة البسيطة، هي جورجينج نفسك، بينما الأسر الإيرانية الأخرى يتساءلون من أين تأتي هذه الوجبة القادمة.

في حال كنت لا تعرف هذا، اسمحوا لي أن تظهر لك شيء هام جداً:

النسر الأصلع الأمريكية اختير كرمز للانتصار لسببين:

أولاً، أنه لا يخشى من عاصفة؛ أنه قوي، وذكي بما يكفي أن يرتفع فوقه.

وثانيا، أنه ترتدي لا ولي العهد المادية. أننا مجرد كسر من “ملك إنجلترا”.

لاحظ ما يحمل النسر في بلده ومخالب. وهو يحمل غصن الزيتون والأسهم. هذا البلد يريد السلام، ولكن لن نكون ابدأ أخاف أن نكافح من أجل الحفاظ على السلام. النسر يريد دائماً أن تواجه غصن الزيتون، ولكن في وقت الحرب، يتحول له نظرات تجاه الأسهم.

لا بحماقة نعتقد أن الرأي العام الأميركي يريد الخروج من حرب التي ساعدت في بدء تشغيل. وسوف غضب الأميركيين قتل العديد من الآباء والأمهات وأزواجهن، زوجات، أبناء وبنات جنودنا. وسوف غضب أمة حرة كريمة أسفل عليكم مثل الطاعون. وفي النهاية، يمكنك، مثل الحرب البسيطة الأخرى يتاجر الطغاة سيتم إنهاء، تماما مثل صدام حسين.

لا أحد في أمريكا يريد حرب مع إيران، ولكن يبدو أنك النية على أن يكون طريقك. وإذا كان هذا هو الحال، ثم أخشى الخاص بك أيام معدودة. أن نتذكر هذا، قبل بضع سنوات بعد أن كنت ذهبت؛ وسيتذكر الشعب الإيراني يكاد يمكنك.

شيء آخر: إسرائيل هي الحليف الأول للولايات المتحدة. الدولة العبرية قد العديد من المواطنين الأمريكيين الذين يعيشون في حدودها، والعديد من الإسرائيليين أفراد الأسرة الذين يعيشون هنا في أمريكا. مهاجمة إسرائيل أشبه بمهاجمة أمريكا. بلداننا متصل عن طريق دم الأجيال لاسرنا. ونحن لن يقف إلى جانب ومشاهدة يمكنك مهاجمة أسرنا.

وفيما يتعلق بطموحات الأسلحة النووية الخاص بك؛ واسمحوا لي أن أخذ لحظة لشرح شيء لكم؛ الغواصات الأمريكية يجوب المحيطات العميقة تحمل المزيد من الأسلحة النووية التي كنت يتصور ابدأ. لتفجير سلاح نووي واحد واحد في العالم، وسوف تجد الحرارة الساخنة كيف ستصبح. وتستخدم أسلحة الأمريكتين كرادع؛ وخلافا للنظام الخاص بك ويمكنك التي تريد سلاح نووي يهدد العالم الحر. لا تخطئ ممانعة أميركا استخدام أسلحتنا كبيرة كعلامة ضعف اليوم أنه سيكون خطأ النهائي

Cold Weather Survival

 

Being afraid of extreme cold weather is a natural thing. Most people have the tendency to stay indoors next to the wood burning stove when the temperatures dip into the sub-zero ranges. But, some of us enjoy the challenges of facing the extremes—a Man against Nature challenge. Most people think that I’m nuts when they hear that I’m heading 150 miles into the Northern interior of Alaska. Sometimes I believe them too…
Nonetheless; being out there in the thick of winter is both a way to test my gear, and myself. It allows me the quiet time that I need to recharge myself, and the opportunity to get my survival mind-set used to the frigid weather.
 
But it starts at home through meticulous selection of the gear that I will be trusting to keep me safe…
 
Clothing:

Base Layer:

  • Fleece (Stretch) Union Suit
  • Polypropylene Socks
  • Thermax Sock Liner
  • Polypropylene T-Shirt

 
Mid Layer:

  • Wool Pants
  • Wool Pull-Over Sweater
  • Polar-Tec Insulated Jacket

 
Outer Layer:

  • Gortex Parka
  • Gortex Gaiters
  • Gortex Gloves
  • Fleece Face Mask
  • Fleece Watch Cap
  • Snow Goggles
  • Cold Weather (Bunny) Boots
The list above includes everything that I wear. It looks like a lot of clothing, but in reality, it is three layers that help to trap body heat, and keep the cold wind, as well as the wet snow from the “creeping chill” that signals the start of hypothermia.
 
Choosing my gear is very important. If my life will depend on a piece of equipment, or clothing, you can be assured that a lot of thought has went into it, before I lay down my money. The Parka is one such piece of gear that is essential. I don’t play around when choosing what Cold Weather Parka.
  • Snag proof Zippers
  • Multiple Inner-Pockets
  • Multiple Outer Pocket
  • Draw String Waist
  • Snow Skirt
  • Adjustable Collar That Reaches To The Nose
  • Fur Trimmed Hood
  • Nylon Sleeve Skirt: (Keeps the snow and wind off the wrists)
  • Waterproof (Not Water Resistant)
  • Armpit Venting Zippers
The multiple inner-pocket hold the survival gear that I consider essential out in the cold weather.
Extra Insulated Socks are layered in both (large) lower pockets. Having them rolled-up creates unwanted bulk, so I keep one sock in each pocket. It reduced the bulk; most times it’s easy to forget about them until they are needed.
 
Extra Cell-Phone Battery is stored in one of the upper zippered pockets. The battery is wrapped in wool, and then placed inside of a small zip-lock bag. The wool helps to protect the connections from snapping, and in a pinch, the wool can also be used as an emergency fire starter. The zip-lock bag can be used to melt snow for water.
 
A Mini-Flashlight is kept in another chest pocket. During the Alaska winter months there isn’t much daylight. The sun rises about 10:30 AM, and stats setting around 3:30 PM. By 4:30 it is already dark. Having a flashlight handy is a blessing.
 
Disposable Lighter & Waterproof Matches are likewise stored in a zip-lock bag inside of the Parka.
 
In one of the upper-pockets an Emergency Blanket rides along in case I am forced to hunker-down and get warm. I carry both the standard blanket, and the Emergency Space Bag. Both are essential survival gear that I don’t want to get separated from.
 
Zipper-Pull Mini-Compass and Temperature Gauge complete the ensemble. Sometimes it’s beneficial to know what the temperature is, and during darkness or white-out conditions, the little compass might help to determine travel direction. But, during a blizzard, hunkering-down is the only way to survive. It’s easy to get lost out there, or walk right off the edge of a cliff, or stumble into an ice filled stream.
 
A small Water Bottle that is kept half-filled rides near my chest. Keeping it half-filled insures that in the event that I fall down, the water bottle isn’t crushed, and end’s up exploding inside of the parka. Keeping it next to my chest insures that it doesn’t freeze.
 
A pair of Extra Gloves are not only an essential item, but a part of the survival gear. Gloves get wet, or ripped open on sharp ice. Having a spare set of gloves insures that my time out in the woods is uneventful.
Oftentimes a few granola bars, and chocolate bars are stashed away in the pockets for added energy during the arduous trek across the frozen landscape.
 
Peppermint candies gives a little energy boost. A few soft tissues will help to defray the “runny nose” problems that are associated with cold weather. Soft Berber Fleece works really good, as does pieces of Marino Wool from worn out clothing.
 
 
 
Having quality Cold Weather Boots is paramount to survival out there in the snow country. I prefer the military “Bunny” boots. They are rated to –60 below zero. Topped-off with a set of gortex gaiters to keep the snow out from the top of the boots—keeps my feet in good condition.
 
Tinted Snow Goggles are also a must out there. The sun reflecting off of the snow can quickly create conditions called “snow blindness”. Blowing snow, or ice-fog are likewise deflected by the goggles.

Basic Survival Equipment:

  • Rucksack/Backpack
  • Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
  • Gortex Bivy Cover
  • Sleeping (Ground) Pad
  • Folding Stove w/ Heat Tabs
  • Canteen Cup
  • Arctic Canteen, w/ Carrier
  • Eating Utensils
  • Ka-Bar Knife
  • Sharpening Steel
  • Leatherman Multi-Tool
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fire Making Kit
  • Parachute Cord
  • 8′ x 8′ Canvas Tarp
  • Chemical Lights
  • Chemical Heat Packs
  • 3-Piece Mess Kit
  • Individual First Aid Kit
  • Lensatic Compass
  • Waterproof Map Case
  • Lip Balm
  • Complete Change of Clothing
  • Small Thermos Bottle
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Poncho

The one thing that I always try to keep in mind when I am out there, is that weight can be the enemy. Humping around a heavy backpack means that walking in the snow requires more effort. Minimal gear which fulfills the requirements for cold weather survival is the only way to go. The added space in the backpack is filled with extra food.

Food Supplies:

  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Instant Coffee
  • Instant Soup
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tea Bags
  • Raisins
  • Dried Pineapples
  • M&M (Crushed) Candies and mixed with Brown Sugar
  • Emergen-C Vitamin Drink
  • Sugar Packs
  • Non-Dairy Creamer Packs
  • Salt Packs
  • Pepper Packs
  • Mountain House Freeze Dried Scrambled Eggs & Peppers
  • Mountain House Freeze Dried Chili Mac
  • Mountain House Freeze Dried Beef Stroganoff
  • MRE Wheat Bread
  • MRE Crackers
  • MRE Peanut Butter
  • MRE Jelly


Emergency Gear:

  • SPOT-Satellite “Messenger”
  • Arial Signaling Flares
  • Signaling Whistle
  • Orange Signaling Smoke Markers
  • Fluorescent Orange Marker Panel

When I am “just playing” out in the woods; there’s always a chance that I could get myself into serious trouble. Being alone out there when the temperatures are 30-50 degrees below zero, can mean death if a broken ankle, or deep laceration occurs. Having and extra cell-phone battery is alright as long as there is a signal, but most times there isn’t a tower nearby. The SPOT Satellite device works wonders. It’s easy to summon assistance. But once the search and rescue airplanes are overhead, you have to help them find you. Orange panels, smoke bombs, and signal flares will make it easier for SAR to get to you. All of these items can be wrapped inside of an old Blaze Orange hunting vest, and then secured with rubber bands.

 

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