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Ok I really can't call it 3 days since I spent the daytime exploring the Chirachaua Mountains. Really what I did was test my emergency gear for 2 nights at 2 different camp locations in order to get a variety of conditions.
The was that something like a rollover happened to my truck so while I can get my gear out it isn't safe to sleep in it. Leaking gas, crushed cabin, things like that.
Anyone who has seen what all I carry on a everyday basis would think I am loaded for the Second Coming. However you never know till you need it and by then it is too late.
Also I usually take a few days off by myself at the first of every year in order to reflect on the year that has passed and think on the year to come. This would work out nicely with my planned gear test.
I am calling this the Winter Edition even though I didn't encounter snow. I plan to do a Summer Edition in June to test desert conditions and my gear again.

I am going to do a much more indepth write-up in the next couple of days but I thought I would give you folks a taste of how my emergency gear test went and the lessons I learned.

It was cold and rainy as I headed out of Phoenix to southeastern Arizona. I haven’t spent much time in that area so I wanted to explore and test at the same time.

As a cigar smoker fire starting is usually not a problem. I also could have used paper that was in my truck, wax candles that I had. I could have used the battery and some wires for sparks and siphoned fuel from the tank.

And fire was a serious priority since it was cold by morning.

Camp #1 got me through the night no problem.

A wool blanket works great since it insulates even when wet, has less fire hazard that synthetics and is durable. However enough can’t be said about the importance of a good hat.

Food was never a concern since you really can go days with nothing and be ok. However water is super important. I had 2L worth and a stream that I used my water filter & tablets on.

No pic of camp #2 as I was wrapped like a burrito and couldn’t take a pic.


I found a great use for all those Bud Light cans we pick up off the trail, windscreen for your tablet stove.

Lessons learned:
Wear gloves even if they are work gloves, retains heat & prevents injury.
If you might be over-nighting even if it is a slight chance get, started on your setup in daylight if possible.
Hammocks are great for keeping you off damp or rocky ground. However you will loose heat to air under you if you don’t put a barrier in place.
Fire makes all the difference, comfort, heat, signal, cooking it is all important.
Have the ability to make a hot drink.
Have a way to sharpen edged tools. My axe was dull from previous use and the Leatherman file just wasn’t enough.
When eating hot food during cold temps keep the container inside your jacket/blanket to retain it’s heat. Good for you and good for the food.
Chemical warming packs would have been a blessing the second night when a fire was not possible.
Wool is wonderful but not enough if it get stupid cold and no fire is possible.
 

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Good write up. But no pics are showing.
 

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same here!
 

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I think I got it...sorry but I changed the album name after I posted....duh!
you can always go to www.blairsite.com/Gallery to see all my FJ related adventures
 

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Very cool Lance. I am thinking of taking off by my self and camping for a couple nights to get away from it all and refocus.
 

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This "off alone in the woods thing" is something that I have done every year since I lost my leg (20yrs) and I can't speak enough about how better you life is when you take some time to reflect on where you have been and plan where you are going.
Not to mention you usually come out of the woods with great experiences.
 

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Is that "BE PREPARED" written on your windshield? Pretty cool.

I put together a "bug out bag"/emergency hurricane kit recently myself. It includes my camp box (stove, tent, tarps etc), enough food for 2 weeks, 2L water and a 5 gal collapsable water jug, extreme weather clothes, basic fishing gear and firearms for hunting & protection.

If you're going to be in conditions below 55 deg F, I highly recommend a pair of UnderArmor Cold Gear. That stuff is amazing. I wouldn't have made it through a couple 20 degree windy nights in the smoky mountains without it.

This website has some good survival tips under Articles:
SimpleSurvival-Survival information
 

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Nice write-up and pics, thanks for sharing!

Did you say cigars???????

Mike
 

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What a great idea. just go off and reflect on life... I dont think I would want to come back.
 

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Is that "BE PREPARED" written on your windshield? Pretty cool.

I put together a "bug out bag"/emergency hurricane kit recently myself. It includes my camp box (stove, tent, tarps etc), enough food for 2 weeks, 2L water and a 5 gal collapsable water jug, extreme weather clothes, basic fishing gear and firearms for hunting & protection.

If you're going to be in conditions below 55 deg F, I highly recommend a pair of UnderArmor Cold Gear. That stuff is amazing. I wouldn't have made it through a couple 20 degree windy nights in the smoky mountains without it.

This website has some good survival tips under Articles:
SimpleSurvival-Survival information
yeah that is BE PREPPARED on my windshield...as a scout leader and believer in personal responsibility it is my moto.
as to websites you should also check out
equippedtosurvive.org
Doug Ritter is an industry leader and it is a real group of "prepared" folks not a bunch of gun tote'n nut jobs


I'm curious. Were you camping at or near Cave Creek Canyon close to Portal, AZ?
Close I came in south of there to Rucker Road and Red Rock canyon, then went around to the west for the second night and came in Pinery Canyon


Nice write-up and pics, thanks for sharing!

Did you say cigars???????

Mike
As a former tobacconist and frequent visitor to Cuba I always have cigars...come on out to Az to look for me at the Summit and we shall share something nice.


What a great idea. just go off and reflect on life... I dont think I would want to come back.
The only reason I do come back is that most of makes my life great involves the people in it. Wife, sons & friends, we will be known by the mark we leave on others more than anything else.
 

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Oh boy ... this one got me going!

I spend a lot of time on the North Channel of Lake Huron in the summer .. nothing like beaching the boat on an island for a day, relaxing, watching the bald eagles, do a little exploring, and just taking it in.

It does wonders just to get away from everything and enjoy life.
 

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Have a way to sharpen edged tools.
Here's a trick for you... Keep a ceramic mug around. In addition to having a cup, the unglazed rim on the bottom of the mug/cup makes a great honing stone. You can get a knife so sharp that you could just about shave with it. The ceramic is actually much stronger (albeit much more brittle) than steel. As you sharpen the knife, you'll see fine metal powder come off even hardened steel.

Great write-up, Lance.

I too like to get away alone and rough it. My paradise is my private camp high in the Rockies. I was just up there today and it was absolutely spectacular. 4' of snow everywhere.

watching the bald eagles
I had a bald eagle flying over my house a few days ago. Magnificent bird.
 

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I resent that Lance....I'm a gun toter and on many instances have been called a nut job! :armed: :badrazz:

Cool write up though.

Doug Ritter is an industry leader and it is a real group of "prepared" folks not a bunch of gun tote'n nut jobs quote]
 
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