Wednesday, March 30, 2011

thanks for showing...

I want to thank all that showed for the hike. It was great to see old friends and new faces. Our base camp as always was a fun time , thanks for being there. The hike went well. We covered the 12+ miles in just under 5 hours with a 1 hour lunch break on trail. This avg. out to just above a 2.5 mph pace. Not bad for a group as large as we had.
The weather was nice. A bit warm for this year, but if anything it gave some a new outlook on warmer weather backpacking.
I wanna thank the group of base campers and hikers from GA that showed up. Was good to see you all again. Also great job to the females, those that hiked and held down base camp. You all did awesome. Glad to see you all made this your second hike, and were already talking about "next time...".

Hope to see everyone again at the next one.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Survival hike

Southeast survival forum hike

Ok folks here we go again.

Central Florida, Ocala national Forest. Florida trail

Dates- Mid March. dates are the 18-20th. hike dates are 19-20th ( sat -sunday)

Distance- total 10-24

Terrain- Sand scrub,pine flats,oak hammocks

Weather- Right Now expect anything from 90f to 30f avg for that time is 50-72f.


The hike will start at juniper springs and continue on the FT. There are several camping areas we will be able to use during the trip, the majority with water sources near by. Base camp is normally at the midway point and manned by a team of folks that know the AO , and are like minded. This also allows for people to stop by and meet/greet others from their AO, or to day hike in or out to the main hiking group as they wish. In other words people can come and go as they want, or camp as they want ( car camp/hike).

Base camp location will be posted once the exact trail plan is laid out.

There is no other requirements. Just make sure you have your gear squared away and are ready to walk! These hikes are very easy, there is no set pace, no speed, nothing crazy. We have a wide variety of folks that attend these gatherings. From teenagers to senior citizens to wives/girl friends.

Here is some FAQ that seems to come up a lot-

Is this an event- No. There is no forum affiliation with this hike. It is a multi- forum hike and always has been. The goal being to get folks to network and push their limits and get beyond single forum tunnel vision.

is there a water source- Yes. Bring a filter or tablets, as on trail its in the form of lakes,rivers,marsh

Where can we park ,is it secured- Yes parking at juniper is secured but will cost a day use fee. This will be posted once i update(it has changed 3 times since last years) but avgs between 5-10$ per car.

Can i bring my kids- yes, but remember we will be walking close to 5-10 miles the 1st day. Be considerate of the other hikers , this is why there is the base camp, and shorter day hike options.

do you know the way-
Yes. I have been hosting survival hikes twice a year in the ONF since 2003, most of the base campers know the AO very well, as do several of the core hikers.If we get lost its because we got sucked into a worm hole or black hole and spit out in la la land.

What kind of gear should i have-
food,water and shelter. A water filter and tablets is a must(if all you have is tablets im sure someone will loan a filter if need be), decent sleep gear, plan on 40f and hotter . Good,broke in shoes,and socks. Food, of your choice. Backpack of your choice.

Are firearms allowed-
This is my take on it and how i will conduct this camp. Follow all state,local and federal laws for the AO that this hike is being done at. No gun play. Again, follow the law. But use commonsense to ensure your safety. Not to sound harsh, but waving around your new desert eagle and being unsafe may lend you to be hiking alone real fast ! I dont tolerate stupidity with firearms at my events. If you want range time there is a range on FR88, your welcome to use it. To be short, KNOW the law,follow it and remember this IS NOT a full battle rattle type of event!

If anyone has any other questions please post them up or contact me via IM/email @

I will update base camp info and dates once they are set in stone.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

email issues

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hurricanes- getting ready pt2

So far we have hit on the very basics a plan,water and food. There is much more to getting ready for a hurricane, even if you are leaving town.

I always say that there is 3 core basic items you need to stay alive no matter what. Food,water and shelter. You can only live 3 days with out water,3 weeks with out food and 3 hours exposed to the elements. During a hurricane you may run into all 3 of those. Shelter is basically what clothing you have on you or plan to wear during/after the storm, and of course your home . If you chose to leave your home a secondary shelter is a must. At minimum a cheap blue tarp!

Speaking of blue tarps.
If you decide to stay the storm through, it would be wise to not only have a secondary shelter in hand- aka a tent. But also a few large poly tarps. These will help protect not only your home but also yourself if they need to be improvised as a shelter. They have a hundred different uses. Outdoor cooking area? sheltered the from the sun/rain. If your using your tent you can help protect the tent with the tarp. Worse case you use the tarp to cover damaged areas in your home or cover furniture and valuables.

If you decide to leave, make sure you have your shelter means covered. While you may plan on staying at the La Quinta Inn off I-95 2 states away, you never know what will happen. It is better to have it with you than to not have it. Make sure you pack your clothing wisely. Not only for space reasons, but also for the changes in climate. You may take that 13 hour ride to the mountains,only to find those flip flops, cargo shorts and button up cotton shirt are not enough for the cool nights and early AM's. Think of it as a "camping" trip or mini vacation. Pack like you would for that. Making the right shelter choices will keep your "vacation" from turning into a wet,damp,cold nightmare that no one in your family or group of friends will forget!

Basic preperations to make.
While we have already gone over some very basic subjects on being ready for a hurricane there is so much more to keep track of and do.
With your plan you should have a check list. A hurricane checklist can be had from most stores/news papers in the southeast now that hurricane season is upon us. They will range from tracking maps with helpful hints to full blown supply check list.
Once you have your plan made up, sit down and make a list of all the items that you will need for those 3-14 days. If you are new to all of this and are buying these items for the first time. It will be helpful and keep you from forgetting what you need. In other words, you get side tracked by the 20 function am/fm weather band super radio and forget your 5 gallons of bottled water! Hey it happens...shiny stuff attracts us right !
A good basic list to start with is the one below-( remember tailor everything to your needs- this list is not complete and only an example of what one may look like)

__ Plan
__ Contact list and contact info and emergency contact numbers ( ems/local police,fire rescue)
__ important documents
__ water- 1 gallon per person per day.
__ food- 3 days
__ shelter
__ cooking source
__ fuel for cooking
__ light source
__ backup light source
__ radio
__ entertainment
__ tools
__ spare batteries for all electronics
__ spare gas for car
__ first aid kit

Again this is an example list. To show how you can make your own.
There are items on this list that we have not talked about yet.Most I feel are commonsense, but during a stressful event may be forgotten. Like grabbing the flash light but no spare batteries! It happens.

Important documents. This is an item that if you leave your home you will have to take with you. I would recommend all paper work be in a water proof bag and at the minimum be in double bagged zip locks. Make sure that it is kept in a safe spot during your travels! If you decide to stay , make sure you protect them as well. A cheap water proof/fireproof safe will do. I still recommend that the paper work be zip locked at least.

First aid kit. No matter what choice you make,if your staying or leaving. You should have a good first aid kit on hand. These can be purchased through stores or self made from self bought components. My advice, have someone in your family or your complete family take a basic CPR/FA course from local fire rescue or the Red cross. Training is key on first aid and even a basic course may be useful if someone gets injured.
Even your own home or car can hurt you. Hurricanes and damage they cause can be dangerous and lethal. So keep a watchful eye out for safety issues. Make sure your loved ones do as well. An example of what your basic first aid kit should have is ( this is not a complete list, please build/purchase a kit suited to your needs. This is not a complete list)

first aid guide
emergency phone numbers- ems.rescue,fire,leo
Assorted bandages- band aides, 2x2's, 4x4's
medical water proof tape
ACE wrap
4 yards of rolled or compressed gauze
triangle bandage
safety pins
medical shears
4-6 sets of sterile exam gloves( check for latex allergies)
tongue depressors( useful as finger/toe splints)
assorted medications- pain meds,antihistamines, eye wash,electrolyte mixes,triple antibiotic
iodine/90% rubbing alcohol/peroxide one of the 3 at least.

Again this is just a basic list of items. Most kits you can buy from the store contain these and more.Kits you make yourself can be endless to what they contain and should be tailored to your skill level. Make sure you have a kit big enough for the time you have planed for ( 3 days,20 days) and the amount of people in your group.

stay tuned part 3

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hurricanes- getting ready . pt.1

Being in the southeast means that we have a few little problems with mother nature from time to time. Hurricanes being a yearly event for most of us that live in that area of our country. Since there is ALWAYS plenty of warning there really is no excuse for a full time resident or a seasonal one to not be ready.To help those that have never been through a hurricane or for those wanting to finally be prepared for one I will go through some common issues,preps and ways to plan for one. that have worked for me over the years.

This is the 1st thing you will need to get laid out. Having one made before your area gets a warning activated or a hurricane watch in place will save you time and frustration.Your plan will not be the same as mine. They should always be tailored to your needs. So the warnings are flashed across the TV and radio. What do you do.
I would advise sitting down with your loved ones/family, roommate etc. and decide what course of action should you take if a hurricane is heading your way. Should you stay or should you go? This is the most important one, as it may save your life.
While Cat. 1 hurricanes are not as strong as a Cat. 5, they will produce tornadoes,flooding, and power outages. Let alone the housing damages,road closures and damage to local infrastructure.You may be ordered by local authorities to evacuate as well. So you need a plan in place that involves vacating your home.

To be honest, the best plan is to vacate your area prior to the hurricanes landfall. Part of this plan is to make sure that you have "time" off from work to leave town. This may not be practical for everyone,considering today's economical climate, but try to have at least 2 days worth if you can. If not make sure you have a safe place for your family to go to.

Where are we going to go? Well that is up to you. I advise that you head north. That sounds funny, but the state of Florida is not that wide. We have all seen the sat images of our state completely engulfed in a hurricanes bands. I live near the coast and have family that lives up to 60 miles inland.They have experienced all of the same problems that those on the coast have. If you chose a location, do so ahead of time. Trying to get a hotel room when the hurricane is 100 miles off shore is going to be like finding a needle in a hay stack. You may not find an open hotel room outside of a 6 hour drive! During hurricane charlie i had friends that did not find a hotel room till they were on the west side of Atlanta!! That is over 7 hours away and took them 12 hours to get there!! This is why you need those few extra days off from work and a plan already in place.

Make sure you have your plan written down and your family knows about it. Make sure you have a list of contact's, and their contact information. Make sure a few friends or family know where and what your plans are. This way your mom in Idaho isn't sitting in front of the TV watching the news to find out why you haven't called in 5 days and pulling her hair out!

Be ready to adapt. These storms change direction and cause other issues like tornadoes ,flooding and traffic jams.Make sure you stay updated and ready to change your plan if need be to stay safe. This plan B,should be pre planned and in your main plan. Going seat of the pants ,will cause some issues if you've already passed the plan onto loved ones or friends. If you decide to stay and shelter in place there are some things you need to do.

Getting ready.
Getting ready for a hurricane is no different than any other preperations. You have a plan, your preps, and then you use them. You will want some basic supplies on hand. Again what works for me may not you.
Water. So far i have yet to see an interruption of water services during any of the hurricanes I have been through. This doesn't mean NOT to have a means of water on hand. Water is key to our survival. We can only live three days with out it. The general rule is 1 gallon per person per day. I aim for the 2 gallons of water per person per day. You have to remember that you have to bath,wash,clean dishes,etc as well. If your going to be doing a lot of outdoor work i suggest sticking with the 2-3 gallon a day per person mark.

Some may be asking how to store this water supply. The easiest is 1-2 gallon jugs from the supermarket. Now I'm sure there is some seasoned folks out there wondering why i said that. Well this blog entry isn't for guys like me or you. There is no reason to have to run out and buy 4 ,55 gallon water barrels to make if through a 3 day storm. I would suggest to get a 5-6 gallon "water can"/jerry can of sorts. This makes storing water easier than the 1-2 gallon jugs. Bottled water in flats( 24 to a case) also work well for the grab and go drinking you may be doing. Don't skimp on the water. If your becoming prepared for more than a hurricane then i would suggest a barrel and a main way to filter/treat your water along with redundant means of doing so. Personally I rely on portable backpacking filters,water treatment chemicals,and RO filters.I store my water in several 6 gallon "water cans" and 2 ,15 gallon water barrels.

Food. Yummy ,yummy in my tummy.
Food that is easy to prepare and doesn't require much power or fuel is best.For the most part a well stocked pantry will be enough food for those 2-3 days when the power may be out.But, you need to plan for longer outages. On avg. down here you will be with out power for 3 days, but plan for 14+. How does this affect your food plans? Ever try cooking soup on a stove with no power or gas? The easiest way to cure this issue is to purchase a propane stove/burner. They are easy to use,fuel is always in stock at stores( pre event)and can be very cheap to purchase. There are other methods and means but this options gives you a semi portable way of cooking and even boiling water if need be that is easy to use for the 1st time "outdoor" chef!

Foods that are best to have are shelf stable items. These can range from the numerous can goods in the local super mart, dry goods( rice/pastas for example) or MRE style meals.By far the can goods for the local store will be the cheapest and offer a good shelf life. Something that will help if you are building a "hurricane" specific kit or box. These food items can be stored till next season if they are not used. Remember two things with can goods.
A good can opener and to rotate the can goods into your pantry as the best by/exp. dates near their end.

One thing to do as well is to make sure you eat your food in the freezer /refrigerator 1st . I say this because , well , because i am cheap. I dont want my steaks,fresh veggies or what have you going to waste becuase of no power. Plus to be honest. When the power is out and you can make a nice grilled chicken breast, with grilled veggies with garlic toast in foil on your little propane grill. Then your better half and you may finally get that few minutes of " wow....we made it...." and relax before dealing with the next days powerless adventures!

No matter what fuel/cooking method you use, make sure you have your food preps in place well before the storm arrives. Like your plan, you should have all of what you need ,well before the storm makes landfall. From what I have witnessed over the years is, that once a landfall area is announced you may have 24 hours to find what you need. After that your fighting the masses for supplies. Tempers flare over bare shelfs, guards are let down because of fatigue and stress .There is no need to put your safety in jeopardy in order to get a flat of noodles in a cup or that last can of chili! Have the food items in place as well as your plan when hurricane season starts.

stay tuned for part 2