Generally plans can go fully awry and change into fully vindicated on the identical time. That very factor occurred with Jarhead Survivor and I on our “deliberate” bug-out journey, fully validating the essence of our tour. In case you missed it, my final put up on Survival Cache gave an introduction to the mock bug-out that Jarhead Survivor and I executed in Might, 2018 within the hopes of really seeing how we might carry out below the auspices of an precise SHTF occasion. In case you missed it, you possibly can learn the article through the hyperlink under – it’s undoubtedly really helpful you verify this text out to set the stage for the remainder of this put up.
That is half II of a III half Collection on Drew & Jarhead Survivor Conducting a apply Bug Out.
Learn Half I (click here)
As a fast synopsis for many who didn’t/gained’t learn half certainly one of “Strolling the Stroll”, fellow Survival Cache/SHTFblog author Jarhead Survivor and I made a decision to take an extended weekend and run a bug-out state of affairs. We generated a basic hypothetical SHTF scenario that might necessitate a right away bug-out, and we typically let the state of affairs dictate our course of actions. Our choices took us on a three-hour highway journey to the wilds of northwestern Maine. This text will take us there, and inform the story of the particular journey – what occurred, why we did what we did, and what we screwed up. Half three of this collection will go over what we discovered from our bug-out – keep tuned. Simply as a warning – it’s a little bit of a learn! This text contains the journey narrative solely, not the synopsis of what we discovered. Nonetheless, it supplies perspective to backup the teachings outlined within the subsequent articles.
Packing the Truck: What We Introduced
I dwell about two or so hours from Jarhead Survivor, so I received out of labor a little bit early on a Friday afternoon, and spun up the Maine shoreline to the Jarhead Lair. The state of affairs that Jarhead Survivor and I ran with dictated that we have been assembly as much as take a canoeing journey down a close-by river, so I had my Previous City Discovery 158 canoe and canoeing accoutrements, a cooler with some beers and a few meals (normal Mainer canoeing fare) plus my regular EDC and the emergency gear that I at all times hold in my truck. This consisted of my Bug-Out/Get House bag, a Ruger 10/22 Takedown with three loaded magazines and a pair spare containers of ammo, and a small 2-man pup tent with Cabela’s inflatable floor pad and a lightweight sleeping bag. The EDC gear on my individual consisted of a .45 ACP Sig Sauer P220ST with some loaded mags and holster, a Benchmade D2 steel Mini-Griptilian folding clip knife, a Bic Lighter, a Streamlight MicroStream AAA LED flashlight, and a small Silva compass. I had a #10 can of Mountain Home Hen A La King and a 10-inch well-seasoned forged iron skillet within the truck with me as nicely. Nonetheless, apart from some additional garments and different sundry objects that have been simply within the truck, that is what I had – and what I might be confined to utilizing on our bug-out journey. Within the spirit of the unpredictable bug out, as soon as I left the driveway, there was no going again. After all, had I “recognized” I’d be leaving my home (probably ceaselessly) on a bug out, I might have packed otherwise.
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Jarhead Survivor was in a greater scenario when our hypothetical balloon went up. Per our fake “nuclear assault” state of affairs, we have been at his home when the disaster occurred, and we calculated we had a about an hour and a half to evaluate, pack, and depart earlier than the fallout can be an issue. So we had the choose of his survival gear to accompany my minimalist set. Jarhead Survivor introduced his tried-and-true bug-out pack plus one other, bigger pack with garments, a tent, sleeping bag, and some luxuries. His LifeStraw family-sized gravity filter got here with us, as did a big hurricane lantern and a few gasoline, tarps, additional paracord, one other cooler with meals and ice, camp chairs, light-weight aluminum and plastic canoe paddles, a big photo voltaic charger for our units, just a few cooking equipment/spices, a camp espresso percolator, and a big waterproof plastic tote to hold gear in. All this was sourced, accrued, tentatively packed within the canoe, then loaded in Jarhead Survivor’s crew cab 4WD Dodge Ram (my Tacoma was a bit cramped) inside our pre-determined timeframe. Care was taken to maintain delicate gear or clothes within the cab of the truck, or within the tote. With a remaining verify to ensure we had a map and navigation gear, we hit the highway.
Heading Out to Bug Out
Jarhead Survivor and I navigated our method from Southeast Maine to northwestern Maine, taking care to remain off highways apart from one brief stint on I-95. The reasoning for this labored out to our benefit: in an precise SHTF bug-out, the highways would theoretically be jammed with folks attempting to evacuate high-population areas. We kicked our bug-out journey off on Friday afternoon in Maine – on Memorial Day Weekend. Right here in ol’ Vacationland, Memorial Day Weekend is at all times a dying knell for individuals who normally take the highways throughout their work commutes; the highways clog up, again up and decelerate tremendously, and accidents are much more frequent. The Memorial Day site visitors supplied a pleasant contact of realism to our route, and ensured we took the roads much less traveled.
As I famous in Half One, we did intend on having a day of precise get-away leisure on our journey, so within the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll admit we did cease at a grocery retailer to seize some burger fixings and beers. We did acknowledge that in an precise SHTF occasion, we’d keep away from main procuring places just like the plague until we have been in dire want of particular objects. Higher to convey prep meals on our bug-out (that’s what it’s there for, for Pete’s sake!) than to depend on stopping at grocery shops to get caught in a mob. However we wished burgers, dammit – so we received some.
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In transit to the bug-out location (BOL), we received an opportunity to brush up on our map-reading expertise, when a cellphone GPS introduced us down a podunk again highway that was undoubtedly coursing us within the incorrect path. Wanting on the compass, map, and scratching our heads, we finally found out that the course we have been taking would convey us on the west facet of the goal lake, which we didn’t need – we knew there was a rudimentary and secluded boat launch on the east facet of the island. At that time, the GPS went off and the final 35 or so miles have been guided in by our DeLorme Gazetteer and a compass because the solar began to set.
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As soon as our travels turned off paved public roads and traversed into groomed filth camp roads after which to unimproved historic logging truck trails, shut consideration to the map began to change into more and more pertinent. Utilizing a Jarhead Survivor-sourced map navigation trick (marking an fringe of a chunk of paper with the map scale to roughly gauge distances on the map) and using the truck’s journey odometer to gauge distances traveled from recognized factors, we have been in a position to finally wind our solution to our vacation spot. It wasn’t straightforward as soon as the solar went down and it received full-on darkish. As others who’ve traveled within the northern Maine woods will know, not all roads are mapped and those which can be labelled on the gazetteer aren’t at all times 100% right – and bodily highway indicators are hit and miss. We bombed by some muddy, rocky incorrect roads for a number of miles earlier than we lastly discovered the vacation spot. One lesson bolstered right here: when you’re leaving your consolation journey zone, have a map, have a compass, and know learn how to use them! Jarhead Survivor and I are each fairly completed map readers/customers, however we nonetheless received rotated a pair instances.
Arriving on the Bug Out Location
Keep in mind how I stated Maine was a large number with vacationers and vacationers on holidays? Nicely, this Memorial Day weekend discovered Jarhead Survivor and I pulling as much as a really secluded boat launch that actually takes some effort and dedication to get to – it’s a must to WANT to get there – simply to discover a truck parked, tents erected (full with folks sleeping inside) and a full campsite up and working. Normal lesson right here, too: simply since you suppose you’re heading to a distant location, it doesn’t imply there ain’t gonna be somebody there first. Take into consideration that when selecting a bug-out location: you’re nearly undoubtedly not the one one who has scouted or is scouting a distant web site.
Whereas the boat launch wasn’t the place we have been going to arrange our everlasting web site, we had deliberate on staging there for the night because the hour had grown late throughout our travels. We sat within the truck, mentioned our choices, and determined to go down the shoreline a bit and arrange a fast camp to catch some sleep earlier than heading to the island within the morning. Very quickly, we had a pair tents arrange and we plunked down on a stupendous seaside, cracked a beer, and listened to the loons calling earlier than we retreated to our respective tents to snore.
We each agreed that had this been an precise bug-out, we seemingly would have beat ft out of there and appeared for an alternate place to camp – and even launch the canoe and head for the island at night time for the final word in low-signature escapes. (Evening imaginative and prescient gear instantly seems to be awfully helpful). Nonetheless, the camp appeared prefer it was manned by a pair of older gents there to do some fishing (our evaluation turned out to be true the subsequent morning) so we didn’t really feel too unhealthy about organising a hasty camp then bolting out at first am.
Black Flies and Mosquitoes and Gnats, Oh My!
I woke as much as voices. Convivial banter with the occasional chuckle. I dragged myself out of my tent, which had been situated in a melancholy with heights of floor round three sides. I famous Jarhead Survivor’s gear was all packed up – he had arisen earlier than me – and he was chatting with the older gents who had the camp up shore, getting some intel on the world. The primary piece of speedy intel I received from the older guys was that the bugs have been going to be an issue – they have been carrying lengthy sleeves and pants, and mosquito netting headgear. Bugs weren’t unhealthy at 5:45 within the morning, however it appeared like issues have been going to worsen. I cursed not ever pondering of including mosquito netting to my bug-out bag. Fortunately, I had some potent bug spray squirreled away in my pack, so I took the chance to douse myself liberally earlier than I received totally dressed.
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It didn’t take lengthy. Inside a half hour, an armada of flying, biting, and sucking winged critters had arisen from no matter circle of hell that they had bivouacked in in a single day, and attacked with fervor and obvious perverse glee. Jarhead Survivor and I raced by a fast breakfast and dragged the canoe to the water, slapping and swearing as we packed as much as depart the insectoid hell.
Loading the Canoe For Salvation
As we dragged our gear by the clouds of black flies and made able to shove off, we observed two issues: One, the wind was selecting up – which is nice to maintain bugs away, however unhealthy on freighted-down canoes. Two, we had an excessive amount of shit. We consolidated what we may, however knew that we’d need to again off on the quantity of stuff within the canoe for this journey – waves have been selecting up, and we’d be battling our method into the wind to get to our island. Camp chairs, the Ruger 10/22 TD, a pair cooking objects, some garments, and different small objects stayed behind. We cached these things within the truck for retrieval sooner or later if wanted. In an actual bug-out, we seemingly would have waited until near darkish and headed again to seize these things. Safety and luxury would go a good distance when stress ranges are by the roof.
As we loaded the canoe, we took pains to maintain any water-sensitive objects inside a water-proof tote – canoeing can get the contents of your craft fairly moist because the man within the stern modifications sides along with his paddle to steer. We additionally needed to hold our load considerably balanced; when you’ve gotten low freeboard because of the canoe being weighed down, one good wave hitting an off-balanced canoe will wreck your day very, in a short time. In a sheer survival scenario when utilizing a ship, it’s a must to face the potential of one good roll ensuing within the lack of 100% of your gear – so plan accordingly, pack the canoe correctly, and be sensible. PFDs (Private Flotation Gadgets) are completely important as nicely. Can be an actual bummer to drown whereas surrounded by survival gear.
Scouting the Bug Out Island From The Canoe
We determined, attributable to our unfamiliarity with the island, and since there was a scarcity of native boat site visitors, to paddle across the perimeter of the island to get as a lot of a visible really feel for the inside of the island as we may. We’d additionally scout for appropriate touchdown websites. Nonetheless, our preliminary cross revealed a whole lack of actually good locations to place in to the island attributable to heavy, thick foliage, sheer cliffs, and downed bushes. From a bug-out and evasion perspective, this was excellent – others searching for the same web site would seemingly be dissuaded from touchdown. On our second go-around, we discovered a gap within the dense shoreline brush extensive sufficient to poke the bow of our canoe into. We drove the canoe into the comb, and Jarhead Survivor carried out an amphibious invasion of our new Bug-Out Island (BOI).
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I disembarked gingerly, and some minutes of strolling round revealed a plot of land sufficiently flat and brush-free to permit us to arrange a rudimentary camp. The “flat” space was nearer to shore than we might have preferred in a bug-out – we may nonetheless see the water from the place have been have been (and if we may see the water, in principle these on the water may see us!), however we famous that we’d want a base camp to stage ourselves earlier than we braved the thick, nasty brush and uneven, rocky floor to discover a higher location.
Setting Up Our Bug-Out Camp
We paced the stone-strewn floor in our desired base camp location. There have been loads of sources – paper birch bushes have been obtainable in unbelievable portions, as have been cedar bushes and different softwoods, with the occasional maple sprouting up from the bottom. We have been surrounded by recent water, so hydration and theoretical meals (obtained through fishing) have been shut by. Rocky outcroppings jutted from the bottom, proper the place they have been strewn after the glacial system moved by the world millennia in the past. There have been no actual traces of people – no campsites, no chopped-down bushes, no trails, no fire-scarred logs. Excellent.
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The flat(ish) spot we selected for our tarp lean-to had a big, 4-foot-high rock pile that lower direct line of sight from the water to our south. Our view to the west and north was nearly impenetrable shrubs and thick woods, to the east the water might be seen by the cedars and high-bush blueberry vegetation. We wished to chop our visible signature from the water, so we positioned the lean-to in entrance of the rocks, with the again of our lean-to going through east in the direction of the water. With the tarp being a boring brown coloration, we hoped it will mix in sufficiently to maintain informal passersby from noticing our camp. If needed, there was loads of native foliage to help in camouflage efforts. Glad for the second, we mentioned what we’d do if we have been to be right here long-term, and agreed that this wouldn’t be a terrific spot for a full-on bug-out; scouting the inside of the island can be needed later within the day to attempt to discover a extra appropriate spot for future relocation wants.
Nonetheless, we did concur that our present location would work for the night time, and we set about making a small camp. Paracord strung between bushes and poles fashioned our lean-to that might hold our gear dry and lined in case the darkening horizons supplied rain. The paracord helps additionally ensured that we may lower the cordage to drop the shelter to the bottom and get our gear out of sight nearly instantly if wanted.
A small hearth pit was so as, after all. I set in regards to the shore, looking for football-sized rocks for the pit whereas Jarhead Survivor used my pack hatchet (the E-tool Jarhead thought he’d brough was decidedly absent…oops.) to clear a melancholy in a mossy part of floor. 20 minutes of looking and digging yielded an ideal little pit about eight inches deep and sixteen inches throughout. We’d be maintaining the fires small purposely. An hour or so of looking work yielded an honest pile of good, dry cedar branches and different gasoline for our hearth. We’d solely use the hearth after darkish and sparingly, so the firewood provide was undoubtedly greater than ample…however higher protected than sorry, proper?
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The remainder of our gear was introduced up from the canoe, and the canoe was beached nicely inland to maintain its vibrant pink hull out of sight. We located our stuff and took inventory of our gear. Tents can be arrange later, nearer to darkish – however we selected correct tent places to maintain our sleeping quarters out of sight, however comfy. Jarhead Survivor arrange his LifeStraw gravity filter off a tree limb, and we primed the filter and began filling water bottles with clear, filtered Maine lake water. Very happy with the filter and our basic setup, we relaxed for just a few to take inventory, assessment what we’d accomplished, and refine our plan based mostly on our new scenario and placement.
Keep tuned: Half III up subsequent.
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