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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #80 on: August 30, 2014, 01:10:54 PM »
 Packed up the trailer, added extra security features

Food-2 months
outdoor gear
tools- gardening, axes, saws,generation
clothing
propane-improv wood burning stove
tidy tank
extra deep cycle battery
mosquito/fly warfare items- netting,coils,repellants
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Water pump/ filtration system 12v
Plus stuff WDTA

This has actually been ongoing since I purchased the trailer at the beginning of the month..,.
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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #81 on: August 30, 2014, 02:45:01 PM »
Forgot to mention, also picked up 20 boxes of trail mix with 28 packages in each box for only $4 a box.
Just went to all.most perfect and grabbed every spelt rice cake package they had. So 12 packages for $1.25 each.
Since I am now also supposed to be wheat/gluten free, these help with the options to eat healthy safe and fast meals.

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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #82 on: September 01, 2014, 08:19:30 PM »
Last week was prepping my fitness and my get home bag after the Bob talk at the meeting last month.  I decided to test it out and walk from  work in London to home in Woodstock, approximately 48km.  The bag worked out great, coming in at 10lbs but my feet gave out at 23km with huge blisters, even after I tried to fix the hot spots at the 10km mark. This just showed me the even though I was capable of walking the distance, my feet had not be hardened to complete this distance. The biggest point I learned was to test your preps. Is not good enough just to have the plan but put that plan I action before you need to do it for real.

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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #83 on: September 01, 2014, 08:41:21 PM »
+ 1 Karma for the blistered feet walk !!!


Excellent feedback, by the way what were you walking in as well as what types of surfaces were you walking on?

A few tips I learned in the military for forced marches was the following as well as hiking on weekends for fun;
1. always wear two pairs of socks,
1b. preferably a moisture wicking sock first layer on skin

2nd for a few days before if you can the 2ndary work sock over the thinner sock should be worn a half a day or so. This allows it to be worked in a bit, flattened.
2b. When you put the work sock on the foot, turn it inside out. So the side your normally wear against you is now outwards.

3. Make sure your boots (I prefer boots military or high end hiking boots) are well fitted and broke in. If they are new, you will hurt.

4. If the boots are new, you need to wear them for at least two weeks before a march or..... ouchies...

5. Breaking in the boots or shoes is best done after a good soaking in hot water, then strap them onto your feet and walk and work in them all day.

6. It does help the feet to soak them in heavy mix of salt water for a few days before. The salt kinda dries up the skin and helps form caluses.

6b. Soak them in salt water the first night of the forced marching if you can.. see above  ////

7. Needle and thread for blisters. Push needle through and leave in the thread so it continues to drain.
..... Second Skin ..... awesome to put over blisters

8. forget walking,,,, ride a bike if you can __________  >:D
 
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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #84 on: September 01, 2014, 09:03:19 PM »
My walking shoes are Merrall with Vibram soles that I've used for over a year, even when I was working as an outdoors inductor and counselor at a youth custody establishment near South River. They are well broken in.

I'm not a huge lover of boots after forced marches in high leg boots in the military also. I was using alcohol to rub on my feet to dry out the soles.

I used moleskin on the hotspots which usually works but not this time.

Surface was hard roadway, Gore Road, which is 30km+ straight as an arrow.

I have thought about a folding bike and am looking at keeping it in car.

Will rest my feet for a while then try it again as I want to do this so badly.

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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #85 on: September 01, 2014, 09:14:47 PM »
folding bikes are very expensive !!! Why not get a good dual purpose, off road and road bike with shocks, then remove the front wheel with the quick disconect, take off the rear tire as well, same way. I am thinking that this is only slightly larger, stronger, more comfortable and O so much cheaper.. er um... for us... thrify...


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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #86 on: September 01, 2014, 09:19:05 PM »
My walking shoes are Merrall with Vibram soles that I've used for over a year, even when I was working as an outdoors inductor and counselor at a youth custody establishment near South River. They are well broken in.

I'm not a huge lover of boots after forced marches in high leg boots in the military also. I was using alcohol to rub on my feet to dry out the soles.

I used moleskin on the hotspots which usually works but not this time.

Surface was hard roadway, Gore Road, which is 30km+ straight as an arrow.

I have thought about a folding bike and am looking at keeping it in car.

Will rest my feet for a while then try it again as I want to do this so badly.

Curious what your time is for the 23k. Also curious what your age is?
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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #87 on: September 01, 2014, 11:17:21 PM »
I did the 23km in under 6 hours with a thirty minute lunch break to do a video for my channel and time to fix my feet so all in all about 5km per hour.

I am 49 this week and over weight at 260lbs so I as pleased at the time and pace.

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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #88 on: September 12, 2014, 11:46:11 PM »
Wilderness Twin,

Good for you!!!

I found a similar situation last year (2013). Had the gear, but hadn't taken it for a walk in a while. I did a road march from a nearby town to our Scouthall. 16Km's with a 38lbs pack. Good weather, Spring. Mix of asphalt roadways, gravel shoulders, even a bit of farm fields before getting to the sidewalks of town. I was 44 and 215lbs-ish. My boots were Bates lace-to-toe, and I was using a double sock system. I finished my 16km's in 3 hours. But, my feet were not as hard as they once were.

I learned/remembered the purpose of daily walks in my boots.....just like in the old days when we would take our rucks or webbing for a walk. It wasn't to air out our packs or webbing it was to keep our feet hardened. The things we let slip from our memory, as we start to live a softer life......

Although, moleskin and 2nd skin are the recommended short term fixes, I will throw my support behind duct-tape. It is not friendly, but you can tape - even raw feet, tight enough to finish a hike. So, if you have to make it to the end & stopping is not an option; keep a roll of duct tape in your get home bag/bugout bag.

Post-hike care. It may take a couple of weeks after a duct-tape treatment to get your feet back to normal. They will be tender. At the end of the hike, immediately soak your feet in ice water if you can. It will help reduce swelling and bring tissues back to their normal state. It will take your breathe away, but your feet will thank you.

But, I guess the moral of these stories is an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Keep you feet hard if you plan to depend on them.

Cheers,

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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #89 on: November 30, 2014, 05:44:51 AM »
Just purchased a 26' 5th wheel trailer

fully winterized with insulated tarp coverings
6 deep cycle batteries banked
F-250 with a 460 ci carburetor, points and coil (80 000 km|)
truck ir totally rebuilt bumper to bumper
air ride suspension
all comes with a 5000 watt genset (silent)
Camper has built in bay that fits 3 40lbs propane tanks

So far so good. As I"m posting this, it's -32C outside and 22C in here, and the furnace is not constantly running

Almost forgot, 6 months worth of dried goods from Dri Harvest. Price 800 bucks


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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #90 on: November 30, 2014, 12:21:31 PM »
Sounds like the perfect outfit. I like the store capacity for your propane. Mine only has room for two 30 lb tanks. You can never have too much propane. The truck sounds like a gem. I had an old 8cly GMC with a carb etc. and no electronics. It only has 125,000KM on it. The fenders were rusted out so I replaced them but then the box needed work. I had not worked on it for a few years so I got rid of it. I have kicked myself ever since. I always thought I could pick up another one but haven't seen anything since.
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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #91 on: December 01, 2014, 06:53:24 AM »
bot 10 lbs yukon gold spuds on thurs.. after last month's disaster drying spuds, I re-read my how-to,s..

last month i forgot to blanch them. and they turned black.
 
this month after peeling and shredding, (a food processor makes the job easy)    I cooked until change of color.. almost translucent.. then cooled and drained and put in the dehydrator.  6 hrs later, they were fully dried and took up the space of less than 2 1qt jars.
 
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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #92 on: December 01, 2014, 08:30:05 AM »
This week grabbed another half dozen pckgs of heirloom pepper and tomato seeds. Brewed another 23 litres of Mead, ordered another resource book from amazon on natural plants, herbs, and their uses (with good color photos). Repacked all camping gear for winter instead of autumn.
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Re: What have you prepped this week?
« Reply #93 on: December 28, 2014, 09:43:01 AM »
Other than the awesome gifts from my wife and son:

commercial grade dehydrator(80 L)
more cast iron cook ware
ammo
fishing gear
3 burner propane stove for out door canning
metal detector
Ruger Scout rifle in .308

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