Anecdotal Evidence

Wow! Out from the darkness, only to have to go under cover for a while longer.

Spent the weekend building the tribe and gathering like minded individuals who see the gathering storm clouds. Making preparations is becoming normal to some of this group. Cut down trees, hauled debris, grilled, and talked treason.

Also, via the parking lot, picked up four new disposable arms to be cached in strategic locations. I understand the mantra that, “if it’s time to bury them, it’s really time to use them”, though this not through that lens. It is through the lens of preparedness and long term strategy. Stack. It. Deep.

Also, spent time in deep, prayerful meditation with my heavenly father. Preparing your spirit only helps to harden your body and mind.

More later.

Caching Essential Gear

Since transitioning into a different day job a year ago, I fond myself having to travel to the west coast on a regular basis from Atlanta. The TSA being what they are and the security theater being what it is, I long ago decided to cache some essentials with a co-worker.

Here’s the list in case you are interested:

1. Good backpack with a 3 liter hydration bladder, USGI poncho, USGI MSS, USGI poncho liner, hammock

2. Spare water purifier with a small bottle of bleach and one extra filter

3. Match case, firesteel, tinder kit, lots of paracord

4. Ultra-light AR Carbine with light (extra batteries) & sling, cleaning essentials, a few spare, loaded PMags, 500 rounds of match ammo

5. Good carbon steel fixed blade with field strop and stone

6. A good pair of broken in boots, several pairs of good wool socks, and an old pair of Vibram Five Fingers – DO NOT knock these until you try

7. Sealed and packed venison jerky, dried beef, beef jerky, high fat trail mix, and various other staples that last forever and a day when stored

8. SAC (Swiss Army Knife)

9. Compass & GPS (spare batteries)

10. Clothing – various for different seasons

These are merely the first ten essentials to this. YMMV. My goal in doing this is to keep enough gear out west that would facilitate a walk to a better location feasible. Would I be able to walk to Atlanta? Not sure. I doubt it, but having all of this out there helps my peace of mind when I get on that Delta flight out of Hartsfield.

One might venture to say that the AR is a bit much. Sure is, but I had an extra one and my co-worker did not. These things work themselves out. In the event that something happens out his way while I’m not there to take advantage of the gear, he gets a good rifle to use. Who says your tribe has to all be local?

Since I’m out west this week I thought I would share.