Continued from: The Tao of the BOB (please read first)
INCOG MAN’S BOB SET-UP: My main pack is the Ultimate ModGear pack from Cheaper than Dirt (actually made by Voodoo Tactical), which costs an affordable $60 (picture below, mine is OD green). Pros: Plenty of pockets for organization freaks to love. Cons: Weighs too much at 5 lbs, but you could probably cut away a bit of extra strap length (pay attention to what you need to grab hold of when cinching up).
This bag is under 3000 cubic inches in volume. This limits you to how much weight you can put on your back (you’ll fill it, if you can). Those 4500 to 7000 cubic inch backpacking jobbies are way too much for a good BOB and still have any degree of speed or combat effectiveness. Humping it to a base camp, maybe.
My BOB sleeping bag is the HALO Recon 3 — the same one the military uses ($130). It’s comfortable down below freezing and has a zip-out mosquito net. A super compressible and breathable bivy bag cover from a British company named SnugPak ($130) keeps me snug as a bug. You can get a used US military Gortex bag cover in woodland camo for around $75. My BOB suffices as a pillow (as if I need one).
My HALO sleeping bag might sound expensive but it’s not, really. High-end mountaineering or Special Ops bags cost $200 to over $400. “Sleep systems” can be the hardest purchase decision if compressibility (volume of packed bag) is important. Or you could just buy the warmest regular one you can afford and roll it up and tie it down to the outside top or bottom of your BOB and be done with it.
In rainy weather, I can quickly set-up cover using my grommeted German army surplus poncho, using light steel stakes, 2 alligator clips, pre-sized and looped lengths of poly camo cord, the main one running to any old tree (works great). Or I can just toss it on top of low-lying branchs. You would be surprised how nice and cozy it all looks — that is, if you are even able to spot where I’m at.
Take a hard look at the lay of the land before you hunker down for the night. Don’t set up in a gully — it’s a gully for a reason. Nothing is more miserable than waking up wet as a poodle at 3 am when a rainstorm hits (it’s happened to me).
Oh yeah, I also have one of those compact three-quarter length Therm-a-rest self-inflating cushions. I usually keep it in my car camping set-up, but I always wuss out and strap it to my BOB when I go backpacking since it’s so comfortable to sleep or sit on.
One inexpensive option is getting a light weight hammock bivy for around $75 and supplement it with a $10 Swiss surplus fleece sleeping bag. Of course, you would freeze your tushie off half the year.
Get it out of your mind carrying around Himalayan expedition tents and arctic sleeping bags all by yourself and still be able to move fast. However, two people can share the load on a nice backpacking tent (I have one of those in my car camping cache too). You will just have to decide according to your own personal dictates and situation.
Besides what I’m wearing, I also keep in my BOB 1 extra short sleeve tee shirt, underwear, socks. Also, 1 long sleeve tee shirt and a full set of black silk underwear including both silk socks and gloves (I know that sounds awful faggy but it’s plenty warm and fits into 1 very small ziplock bag). Although I rarely have to use it, I keep a small lensmatic-style compass and at least practise the art on occasion. I also have one silver mylar emergency sleeping bag, inexpensive hunting gloves and a brown knit watch cap. Make sure you have those no matter the season.
First Aid kit with: Celox blood clotting agent, metal splint, tourniquet, extra ziplock bag containing pressure compresses, gauze, a good assortment of strip BAND-AIDs. Also tweezers, hemostat, surgical scissors, forceps, scalpel and suture needles with thread, latex disposable gloves, 2 N85 face masks, antibiotics, pain pills, antibacterial and burn ointment, iodine and alcohol swipes.
NOTE: Putting together a medical kit is another huge topic by itself (your doctor might help you out). You’ll probably be better off buying a military surplus first aid kit and supplement it with any specifically prescribed items. Make sure to have a trauma clotting package and chest seal.
MAG-LITE C-size flashlight. I’m meaning to change this out to a high quality LED powered with rechargeable “AA” batteries (more on batteries in a minute). I also keep a good pair of sunglasses, ear protection and camo mesh head net, since bug repellant weighs too much and runs out.
Food: 3 or 4 Mountain House pro-paks, freeze-dried backpacking dinners (effin’ things are great), a sealed pack of a slim-jim type meat sticks, 3 big candy bars, a bag or two of Teriyaki beef jerky, some packs of Kool-aid, a dozen or so Coffee Singles (coffee in a teabag).
I also keep a small duffel bag handy with 10 or so Mountain House dinners, one #10 can of 8-10 serving size freeze-dried dinners, 1 pack of 9-section Mainstay marine survival food, more coffee, extra bottle of HEET (more in a minute), trioxane tabs, extra batteries and other snack type foods. I’m always adding and rotating snack stuff out of here to keep things reasonably fresh (the dinners last years).
Depending on the sit, the duffel is for grabbing on the way out and can be strapped to the outside of my BOB, or carried by hand. My main bag should allow me to live for 4 or so days, while the secondary duffel will serve as initial food source for up to a month. After that, I’ll just have to scrounge from ZOG dead or something.
I use a large 18 oz. GSI Outdoors stainless steel bottle cup, doubling as both my coffee cup and pot to boil water for my freeze-dried dinners. I hit the bottom with a spot of high temp black engine spray paint to speed up heating (saving fuel). I keep all my little camp items in a small polyester cinch bag inside of this (which can double as a filter). For utensils, I have a very light weight titanium “spork” — a neat combo fork and spoon. Forget the dinner knife.
Camp hatchets and fold-up shovels go in the car camping category, even though those things do come in handy when afield.
For fire, I have at least 6 trioxane tabs, 2 little round containers of survival matches, a BIC butane lighter still in the package (get the BIC), one survival candle and a magnesium fire starter. I’ve also added a homemade stove made from coke cans (for real) using denatured alcohol or HEET winter gasoline additive (methane). The thing works absolutely great, just as good as commercial backpacking stoves costing major bucks and weigh tons. I’ve used it twice now in the field. A INCOG reader turned me on to it (thanks, Fleur de lis). Go HERE for video on how to make one.
I keep two bundled 25′ (approx.) sections of strong but thin poly camo cord, 1 gallon collapsible plastic water blivet, 30 or so sterilization pills and my trusty, beat-up aluminum 1 quart canteen from my boy scout days (nothing is as good), which I’ve alice-clipped to my BOB. Being a fisherman I also have a small spool of 4 and 8lb. monofiliment, general purpose flies and fishing hooks (this stash is for emergencies).
I also have a couple of short range Uniden FRS1400 2-way radios (which I take out for regular solo backpacking trips) and a small shortwave, AM-FM Grundig radio, which I might replace with a hand-cranked Eton if I can find a small one with SW. Personally, I think shortwave will be critical.
Now for the battery part: I’m gearing everything over to revolve around rechargeable “AA” batteries, specifically Sanyo Eneloops (holds charge the longest). I want to get one of those fold-up solar panels with AA and USB charging, but the market is a bit confusing right now — I’m still researching the matter.
Make sure you have some kind of poncho or rain gear. Try to get the lightest you can, but well constructed — even poncho buying can be tricky all by itself. From the reviews I’ve read on Amazon, the Stormtech might be a good deal (get the black or forest color — not one of those homo-looking red or orange ones). Military ponchos, like my German army version (being the practical Nazi, I love German gear), are often a bit heavy and bulky, but makes sense when pulling double duty as a rain shelter in bivouacs.
Lower left and right are photos of rigs people put up on the net. The left one shows 4 MRE meals and what appears to be a fleece sleeping bag, which is cheap and small, but a little light for outdoor use by itself. Might be a little too much rope and the bag looks a bit small for what he’s laid out. The guy on the right has a inexpensive, but perfectly adequate, military ALICE pack. He also has what appears to be a tent strapped to the top and a black fleece bag may be underneath.
Personal stuff: 2 half rolls of toilet paper, a small hotel bar of soap, anti-persperant, washcloth, toothpaste and brush. Travel size everything. Also, handy wipes are good. A “fixit” kit (little crap like needles, superglue, buttons, cotter pins and the like. A small 50″ roll of Duct tape. I keep a Leatherman multipurpose tool in a pouch attached to a small strap on my hip belt (so I always know where it is).
A very sharp Gerber fold-out knife goes into the right hand pocket of whatever pants I’m wearing and a can of non-lethal pepper spray in the other.
For some entertainment: one paperback (Lewis and Clark’s Journal, C. S. Lewis or something meaty). You can get any old paperback you like a lot, even if you’ve read it before. You could have a book on fieldcraft, guerilla tactics, or first aid if you want.
Just pay attention to size. Pretend you’re sergeant Elias from “Platoon.” If you want to have it, just make the decision whether it goes in your BOB, or with your car camping gear destined for a base camp. Believe it or not, my BOB weighs around 25-30 lbs and I’m always looking for ways to cut back.
Sounds great, right? Let’s not forget something real important: Bullets. Ever pick-up a box of 100 rounds of 9MM? That’s 3.2 lbs there. Add your AR-15, 500 or 600 rounds of .223* and now you got some weight on your feet. Yet manageable. Make note that our troops in the field often carry well over 100 lbs on their backs. Besides the kinds of thing in my own BOB, most of it is extra rounds for the squad SAW automatic weapon, serious body armor, often a couple of mortar shells, LAW and high explosives. But, they do have helicopter resupply and medical dust-offs which you won’t.
Always look for anything you can remove. Every little thing adds a bit more weight, even if it looks negligible like a label or extra strapping. It all adds up.
The waist belt for my pants holds a bad-looking Cold Steel Recon Tanto sheath knife I got for a song, and a drop-down thigh holster rig for my 9MM. I sometimes alice-clip my trusty boy scout canteen and a small binocular pouch to my BOB when just backpacking, but I also have a “bat belt” ready — ALICE clip military type webgear for real trouble. Attached: 2 AR-15 3-magazine pouches, 9MM clip pouch, a fanny bag for odds and ends, like extra ammo. I’m wanting to change this to some kind of tactical chest rig soon.
And please don’t think I wear my “bat belt” when backpacking national forests!
OK, I know that the BOB can be a bit of a bitch to figure out. But look at it this way: You can customize things to your own liking all you want. It’ll be your ass, right?
Also, keep in mind, I’m geared for living outdoors in a big way. But don’t worry, you won’t have to live in the woods like some kind of mountain man Jeremiah Johnson type. You don’t have to make it such a big deal like I have here. I’m just into a bit more than most, since I love deep backcountry fly fishing, hunting and gun stuff.
The simple thing? Just have yourself a well-prepared travel bag (you should already) and enough stored food to last you and your family for at least 3 months or — better yet — 6 months to year, if at all possible. You can buy something every time you go grocery shopping. There is plenty of items at the store that can last years. Rice, beans, canned goods. Buy a few of those #10 cans of freeze-dried stuff if possible.
Keep your eye out for second hand camping gear at yard sales or maybe a few things at Army Surplus stores, Amazon or Ebay. You can be fairly well-prepared with just a little expense and thinking. Try to figure out what’s really most important to your comfort and spend a little extra for higher quality items on that. And always look for ways to put things to double duty.
At the very least get yourself a good riot shotgun for the home. You could probably pick one up second hand for C note or so.
And I’m not the only one into all this. Have you seen all the people gearing up to fight “Zombies?” Yeah, I know it’s a big joke, a bunch of Sci-Fi crap and all, but there’s a lot of folks out there buying serious hard-core weapons and workable survival gear so they can deal with the “Zombie threat.” No shit. I really think these people subconsciously understand America is fast going down the tubes and this is how they are preparing for the day, while appearing “PC” on the surface. Either that, or I’m missing something.
Whatever the case may be, I’ll be here to help them over to the light. It’s not “Zombies” we have to worry about, but the GD subversive Jews turning our countries to hellholes — now rapidly being over-run by real-life Third Worlder Zombies, helped along by Globalist “Shabbos Goys,” Obama nut-types and the usual idiot, Jew-brainwashed liberals.
The main reason why the BOB is so complicated is really because of individual personal wants and needs. Remember the most important things are EATING, DRINKING, SHELTER and SELF-PROTECTION. Everything else is bull.
Considering where things now stand with this country, weapons and large amounts of ammo will be necessary. We’re not going to vote ourselves out of this mess. Just take a hard look at the worthless politicians they push on FOX. All of them are total Jew tools (like Mike Suckabee and Sarah Palin), and note how they screw over people like Ron Paul.
You can do a search on the Internet for “Go-bags” or “Bug-out bags” and read tons of listings of people’s gear. Beware that some people put together all kinds of crap you might not even want (or just have in your car camping set-up).
Once you are happy with your rig, take it on a overnight excursion nearby (your backyard will do for the first time). Of course, it’s more fun having your main squeeze with you out in the wild. Take it easy on her with the survival business — she might not understand the living lean part, so incorporate some luxury like a two person tent, a tasty steak dinner over an outdoor fire, a bottle or two of nice vino and an air mattress under your sleeping bags. Just remember potatoes take a long time to cook without a microwave!
Go car camping a few times and then take a overnight backpack hike a mile or two to some scenic spot. Rough up a few hippie backpackers. Once the two of you have just a little experience, you’ll both be competent, sure of yourselves and have no fear of the outdoors. That right there is worth tons — you’ll see.
Whatever you do, just keep a wary eye out for any Zombies nearby. I expect an outbreak soon!
— Phillip Marlowe
* All that biz about expensive AR-15 conversions to .22 LR to take advantage of cheap ammo? Get real. The range of .22’s is way too minimal for much of anything besides backyard plinking or wabbit hunting. It might also be a damn good idea to make friends with someone who has a nice sniper rifle!
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